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Bernard Donne
Senior Experimental Officer, Physiology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Fleming N, Donne B and Mahony N. , Comparison of electromyography and stroke kinematics during ergometer and on-water rowing., Journal of Sports Sciences, 32, 2014, p1127 - 1138 Journal Article, 2014

Crampton C, Egana M, Donne B and Warmington S. , Including arm exercise during a cold water immersion recovery better assists restoration of sprint cycling performance., Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

McCarthy C, Fleming N, Donne B and Blanksby B. , 12 weeks of simulated barefoot running changes foot-strike patterns in female runners., International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34, 2014, p443 - 450 Journal Article, 2014

McCallion C, Donne B, Fleming N and Blanksby B , Acute differences in foot strike and spatiotemporal variables for shod, barefoot or minimalist male runners, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 13, 2014, p280 - 286 Journal Article, 2014

McCarthy C, Fleming F, Donne B and Blanksby B. , Barefoot running and hip kinematics. Good news for the knee?, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Fleming N, Donne B and Mahony N. , Comparison of electromyography and stroke kinematics during ergometer and on-water rowing., Journal of Sports Sciences, 32, 2014, p1127 - 1138 Journal Article, 2014

Crampton D, Donne B, Warmington S and Egana M, Cycling time to failure is better maintained by cold than contrast or thermoneutral lower-body water immersion in normothermia. , European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113, 2013, p3059 - 3067 Journal Article, 2013

Coyle C, Donne B and Mahony N. , Effect of carbohydrate protein ingestion on subsequent resistance training performance in male rugby players., International Journal of Exercise Science, 5, 2012, p39 - 49 Journal Article, 2012

Exercise Physiology in, editor(s)D MacAuley , Oxford Handbook of Sports Medicin, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp123 - 170, [D MacAule] Book Chapter, 2012

Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, David Fletcher, Nich Mahony, A Biomechanical Assessment Of Ergometer Task Specificity In Elite Flatwater Kayakers, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2012, (11), 2012, p16 - 25 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Neil Flemming, Bernard Donne and David Fletcher, Effect of kayak ergometer elastic tension on upper limb EMG activity and 3D kinematics, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 11, 2012, p430 - 437 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Hickey P, Donne B and O'Brien M. , The effect of an eight week military training program on aerobic indices and psychomotor function., Journal of Royal Army Medical Corps, 158, 2012, p41 - 46 Journal Article, 2012

Crampton D, Donne D, Egaña M and Warmington S, Sprint cycling performance is maintained with short-term contrast water immersion, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(11), 2011, p2180 - 2188 Journal Article, 2011

Bernard Donne, Mark Jordan, David Fletcher, Energy Expenditure during "exergaming"; Comparison with common sub-maximal exercise modes., 15th Annual Congress of European College od Sport Science, Antalaya, Turkey, 23 - 27 June, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010 URL

Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, David Fletcher, A Biomechanical Assessment of Kayak Ergormeter Task Specificity, 15th Annual ECSS-Congress, Antalya, Turkey, 23 - 27 June, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Mark Jordan . Bernard Donne . David Fletcher, Only lower limb controlled interactive computer gaming enables an effective increase in energy expenditure, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2010, 2010 Journal Article, 2010 URL URL

Egana and Donne, Physiological changes following a 12-week gym based stair-climbing, elliptical trainer and treadmill running programs in females, Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 44, 2004, p141 - 146 Journal Article, 2004

Smith, Mahony, Donne and O'Brien, Prevalence of obstructive airflow limitation in Irish collegiate athletes, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 171, (4), 2002, p202 - 205 Journal Article, 2002 DOI URL

Mandalidis, Donne, O'Regan and O'Brien, Reliability of isokinetic internal and external rotation of the shoulder in the scapular plane, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 9, 2001, p65 - 72 Journal Article, 2001

Mandalidis, Donne, O'Regan and O'Brien, Effect of transient moment-oscillations on the reliability of isokinetic shoulder elevation in the scapular plane, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 9, 2001, p101 - 109 Journal Article, 2001

Monedero and Donne, Effect of recovery interventions on lactate removal and subsequent performance. , International Journal of Sports Medicine, 21, 2000, p593 - 597 Journal Article, 2000

Mahony, Donne and O'Brien, A comparison of physiological responses to rowing on friction-loaded and air-braked ergometers, Journal of Sports Sciences, 17, 1999, p143 - 149 Journal Article, 1999

Donne and Luckwill, Co-activation of quadriceps and hamstring muscles during concentric and eccentric isokinetic exercise. , Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 6, 1996, p21 - 26 Journal Article, 1996

Ghori, Donne and Luckwill, Relationship between force and EMG activity of a knee extensor muscle during isokinetic concentric and eccentric actions. , Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 5, 1995, p109 - 115 Journal Article, 1995

Price and Donne, Effect of variation in seat tube angle at different seat heights on sub-maximal cycling performance in man. , Journal of Sports Sciences, 15, 1977, p395 - 402 Journal Article, 1977

Research Expertise


Main areas of research interest are 1) Factors effecting and enhancing exercise performance and recovery 2) Ergogenic aids and exercise performance 3) Exercise and osteoporosis 4) Reliability and reproducibility of test protocols 5) Nutrition and osteoporosis


  • Title
    • Effect of oestrogen replacement on BMD in females with aneroxia nervosa
  • Summary
    • Longitudinal 2 year study investigating the effect of oestrogen replacement therapy and supplemental calcium on bone mineral density, eating attitudes and mood state in females with clinically diagnosed eating disorders, comparison with controls. Significant increases in lumbar spine (L1-L4) and hip (neck of femur and total hip) BMD were recorded following the intervention phase. In addition significantly improved eating attitudes (by questionairre) and mood states were recorded. Hormonal data and bone turnover markers are presently being assayed.
  • Funding Agency
    • National Osteoporosis |Society
  • Date From
    • June 2001
  • Date To
    • July 2003
  • Title
    • Investigation of commercially available caffeinated and carbohydrate beverages on exercise performance in male cyclists
  • Summary
    • To date this project has involved two seperate studies ;endurance and intermittent exercise. In the endurance exercise protocol commercially available carbohydrate and carbohydrate-caffeinated sports drinks consumed 60 min prior to exercise were compared to placebo. No significant effects on time to exhaustion, dehydration or rehydration, or assessed physiological variables were detected. In the intermittent exercise protocol, drinks were consumed 20 min before and every 10 min durind intermittent load (60 and 90% VO2 max) exercise to exhaustion. Compared to placebo signifificant increases (26 and 29%) in time to exhaustion were reported for both carbohydrate and carbohydrate-caffeinated beverages, respectively. The increases in exercise time to exhaustion equated to > 20 min, however, the lack of significant findings comparing carbohydrate and carbohydrate-caffeinated beverages poses questions concerning the presence of caffeine in commercially available sports drinks.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Sports Council
  • Date From
    • June 2003
  • Date To
    • June 2005
  • Title
    • Effects of carbohydrate and carbohydrate / protein beverages on recovery capacity following resistance training
  • Summary
    • Investigation of the short-term effects of isocalorically matched carbohydrate and carbohydrate / protein summplentation post-resistance training exercise on subsequent exercise capacity in 10 male academy rugby players. Randomly assigned beverages were consumed in a single-blinded crossover design study following a fixed 120 min resistance training session. Time to failure using a resistance exercise model was re-assessed after the 240 min supplementation phase to compare recovery capacities. Carbohydrate /protein supplementation increased total work capacity by 16% compared to a carbohydrate equivalent beverage suggesting a possible augmentation of glycogen restocking attributable to protein supplementation.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Rugby Football Union / Energia
  • Date From
    • August 2004
  • Date To
    • August 2005


Biomechanics of human movement; Biomedical sciences; Clinical research, trials; Ergonomics; Exercise physiology; Imaging Techniques; Medical instrumentation; Medical Sciences, Research; Metabolism and metabolic diseases; Physiology


Awards and Honours

Master of Arts (Honorary) June 2005


Affiliate Member of Physiological Society Oct 2000 – Date

Member of Exercise and Sports Science Association of Ireland July 1996 – Date

Member of European College of Sports Sciences March 1997 – Present