Dr Paul Tofari

Dr Paul Tofari

Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre

Areas of expertise: fatigue; strength and power profiling; exercise testing and prescription.

Phone: +61 3 9230 8272

Email: paul.tofari@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Provisional

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5498-4557

Dr Paul Tofari completed his honours’ research in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Sport and their cycling programs. This included providing sports science support at state and national competitions and training camps.

He received his PhD from ACU in 2018 for his thesis, The fatigue response following a team-sport match simulation and continues to publish work related to his PhD. Dr Tofari is also involved in other research projects at ACU in a supervisory capacity.

He is a Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association coach and holds a Level 1 Australian Weightlifting Federation coaching accreditation. He has a particular interest in strength and power training and assessment, providing consulting services to external clients through ACU.

Select publications

  • Tofari, P. J., McLean, B. D., Kemp, J., & Cormack, S. (2015). A Self-Paced Intermittent Protocol on a Non-Motorised Treadmill: A Reliable Alternative to Assessing Team-Sport Running Performance. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 14(1), 62. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4306784/
  • Edwards, R. B., Tofari, P. J., Cormack, S. J., & Whyte, D. G. (2017). Non-motorized Treadmill Running Is Associated with Higher Cardiometabolic Demands Compared with Overground and Motorized Treadmill Running. Frontiers in Physiology, 8, 914. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2017.00914
  • Tofari, P.J., Opar, D., Kemp, J., Billaut, F., & Cormack, S. (2016). Reliability of measures of quadriceps muscle function using magnetic stimulation. Muscle and Nerve. 53(5), 770-778. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.24926
  • Tofari, P. J., Kemp, J. G., & Cormack, S. J. (2018). Self-Paced Team-Sport Match Simulation Results in Reductions in Voluntary Activation and Modifications to Biological, Perceptual, and Performance Measures at Halftime and for up to 96 Hours Post matchThe Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 32(12), 3552-3563. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000001875


  • The Impact of Mental Fatigue on Strength and Power Performance
  • The Use of GPS-Imbedded Triaxial Accelerometers for Measuring Stride Parameters and Vertical Stiffness
  • Assessing Central and Peripheral Neural Function of The Hamstrings Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Neural consequences of hamstring strain injury and rehabilitation

Accolades and awards

  • DSTO Divisional Award for Best Research – Physical Employment Standards project (2013)
  • Australian Catholic University Post-Graduate Award (2013-2015)

Appointments and affiliations

Applied experience/roles

Human Performance Scientist – Defence Science Group (2009 – 2013)

Sports Scientist (Cycling) – Victorian Institute of Sport (2007 – 2008)

Current and prior consultancy roles

  • AirServices Australia (2021 – ongoing)
  • Victoria Police – Special Operation Group (2019 – 2020)
  • Strength and power profiling (ongoing)
    • Tennis Australia
    • Motorsport
  • Malaysian Track Cycling Team - Sports Science Consulting and Resistance Training Programming (2015 – 2018)

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