Associate Professor Stuart Cormack

Deputy Director, Performance Program SPRINT Research Centre

Dr Stuart Cormack

Areas of expertise: training load monitoring; fatigue; performance

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full

Phone: +61 3 9953 3133


Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1846-5397

Associate Professor Stuart Cormack has been involved in High Performance Sport as both a practitioner and researcher for over 25 years. His career has spanned Olympic Sport through work at the Australian Institute of Sport and Professional Sport via roles at multiple Australian Football League clubs. Dr Cormack completed his PhD at Edith Cowan University and has published numerous papers and book chapters in a variety of areas related to athlete performance with a particular focus on load and fatigue. As part of his role at ACU, Dr Cormack is the Deputy Director and Performance lead of the Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre. In addition, Dr Cormack regularly provides consultancy to a range of National and International Sporting Programs.

Select publications

  • Horsley, B. J., Tofari, P. J., Halson, S. L., Kemp, J. G., Dickson, J., Maniar, N., & Cormack, S. J. (2021). Does site matter? Impact of inertial measurement unit placement on the validity and reliability of stride variables during running: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 51(7), 1449-1489.
  • Lalor, B. J., Tran, J., Halson, S. L., Kemp, J. G., & Cormack, S. J. (2021). Business class travel preserves sleep quality and quantity and minimizes jet lag during the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 16(10), 1490-1501.
  • Whitehead, S., Weakley, J., Cormack, S., Alfano, H., Kerss, J., Mooney, M., & Jones, B. (2021). The applied sports science and medicine of netball: a systematic scoping review. Sports Medicine, 51(8), 1715-1731.
  • Appleby, B. B., Banyard, H., Cormack, S. J., & Newton, R. U. (2020). Validity and reliability of methods to determine barbell displacement in heavy back squats: Implications for velocity-based training. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 34(11), 3118-3123.
  • 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 postmatch. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 32(12), 3552-3563.
  • Tofari, P. J., Kemp, J. G., & Cormack, S. J. (2020). Measuring the response to simulated fixture congestion in soccer. Science and Medicine in Football, 4(4), 293-304..
  • Rowell, A. E., Aughey, R. J., Clubb, J., & Cormack, S. J. (2018). A standardized small sided game can be used to monitor neuromuscular fatigue in professional A-league football players. Frontiers in physiology, 9, 1011.
  • Rowell, A. E., Aughey, R. J., Hopkins, W. G., Esmaeili, A., Lazarus, B. H., & Cormack, S. J. (2018). Effects of training and competition load on neuromuscular recovery, testosterone, cortisol, and match performance during a season of professional football. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 668.
  • Gallo TF, Cormack SJ, Gabbett TJ, and Lorenzen CH. Self-reported wellness profiles of Australian Football Players During the Competition Phase of the Season. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 31: 495-502, 2017.
  • Gallo TF, Cormack SJ, Gabbett TJ, and Lorenzen CH. Pre-training perceived wellness impacts training output in Australian football players. Journal of Sports Sciences 34: 1445-1451, 2016.
  • Gescheit DT, Cormack SJ, Duffield R, Kovalchik S, Wood TO, Omizzolo M, and Reid M. Injury epidemiology of tennis players at the 2011-2016 Australian Open Grand Slam. British Journal of Sports Medicine 51: 1289-1294, 2017.
  • Appleby BB, Cormack SJ, and Newton RU. Unilateral and Bilateral Lower-Body Resistance Training Does not Transfer Equally to Sprint and Change of Direction Performance. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 34: 54-64, 2020.
  • Lalor B, Halson S, Tran J, Kemp J, and Cormack S. Competition Sleep Is Not Compromised Compared To Habitual In Elite Australian Footballers. International journal of sports physiology and performance: 1-23, 2017.
  • Mooney MG, Cormack S, O'Brien BJ, Morgan WM, and McGuigan M. Impact of Neuromuscular Fatigue on Match Exercise Intensity and Performance in Elite Australian Football. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 27: 166-173, 2013.
  • Sweeting AJ, Cormack SJ, Morgan S, and Aughey RJ. When Is a Sprint a Sprint? A Review of the Analysis of Team-Sport Athlete Activity Profile. Frontiers in Physiology 8, 2017.
  • Ruddy JD, Cormack S, Timmins RG, Sakadjian A, Pietsch S, Carey DL, Williams MD, and Opar DA. Factors that Impact Self-reported Wellness Scores in Elite Australian Footballers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2019.
  • Franchini E, Cormack S, and Takito MY. Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training on Olympic Combat Sports Athletes' Performance and Physiological Adaptation: A Systematic Review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33: 242-252, 2019.


Current PhD Student Projects

  • The Use of Triaxial Accelerometry to Measure Stride Parameters and Vertical Stiffness in Team Sport Athletes
  • Novel Use of Blood Flow Restriction Training in Athletes
  • Impact of Mental Fatigue on Strength & Power Performance

Other Projects

  • Invisible Monitoring of Fatigue in Athletes
  • Impact of Mental Fatigue on Cutting Tasks

Accolades and awards

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association Life Member
  • 2016 ACU Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award

Appointments and affiliations


  • Strength & Conditioning Consultant Australian Institute of Sport Combat Centre
  • Member Judo Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Committee

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, Level 3 Master Coach

International journal review panel

Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
  • International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Science and Medicine in Football
  • European Journal of Sports Science

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