Grant Tomkinson, Ph.D.
Office: Hyslop Sports Center 105A Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Doctor of Philosophy (Human Movement). University of South Australia (UniSA) (2004). Thesis: Secular trends in fitness-performance of Australasian children and adolescents.
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours 1). UniSA (1999). Thesis: Physiological correlates of bilateral symmetry in humans.
- Bachelor of Sports Science (Merit). University of New South Wales (1998).
For as long as I can remember, I have been keen on exercise and sport, dating back to when I exercised for general fitness and played sport as a kid. I considered myself somewhat of an athlete when I was young, and at my best I won a few state championships in athletics. In the late 1990s when I learned that I was going to be a dad for the first time, I was keen to pursue research that combined my passion for fitness and sport with my goal of improving the long-term health of not only my children but all children. This is why my research has principally focused on the fitness, activity and adiposity of young people, with a special interest in how different populations have changed over time.
As you may know your fitness level is an important indicator of how healthy you are now and will be in the future. If you are generally unfit now then you are more likely to develop conditions like heart disease later in life. While you can be fit in different ways, not all types of fitness relate well to health. The most important type of fitness for good health is aerobic fitness, which is your ability to exercise vigorously for a long time. I have long been fascinated by the question of whether today’s young people are fitter than their parents or grandparents were when they were young, and have spent the past decade or so gathering historical fitness data on over 75 million young people from 50 countries dating back to the mid-1800s trying to answer it. Using a systematic review strategy and novel mathematical techniques, my research was the first to conclusively show that young people’s aerobic fitness has declined worldwide since about 1975. Young people today are about 15 percent less aerobically fit than their parents were when they were young. And to make matters worse, it is likely that the largest declines have occurred in young people with low fitness. In 2013, my fitness research generated more than 760 international media stories and reached 400 million people, and I have been credited with bringing about the largest media story in the University of South Australia’s history.
I have earned a Bachelor of Sports Science (Exercise Science) degree from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree and a Doctorate (PhD) in Human Movement from the University of South Australia. I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. I am the Chair of Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA), the Asia-Pacific Lead for the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA), the Chief Lead Investigator on Australia’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, and a Young Tall Poppy Science Award winner. I was also the Project Director for the AU$1 million Anthropometric Survey of the Royal Australian Navy (ASRAN) and the AU$1.2 million Australian Warfighter Anthropometric Survey (AWAS).
It's all in the Hands .....Article from the University of North Dakota's Official News Source http://blogs.und.edu/und-today/2017/09/its-all-in-the-hands/
Online interactive article in The Conversation written by Dr. Grant Tomkinson and KPHE Graduate Student Makaliah Dyer. https://theconversation.com/finger-size-does-matter-in-sports-82876
Associate Professor Grant Tomkinson from the University of North Dakota's Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education discusses physical fitness for children and adults. He highlights that people today are less fit than their peers from generations past, and that in order to improve your physical fitness you should aim to do at least 30 minutes (foradults) or 60 minutes (for children) of “huff and puff” exercise every day that uses the big muscles of the body like running, swimming or cycling https://vimeo.com/uofnorthdakota/review/145276771/dd364b9530
Australia’s 2015 Progress Report Card on Active Transport for Children and Young People http://www.activehealthykidsaustralia.com.au
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Grant joined UND in August 2015. Away from UND, Grant enjoys basketball, cross-training, spending time with his family, kicking back with friends, and watching movies.
- KIN 446 Exercise Testing and Prescription
- KIN 526 Introduction to Kinesiology Statistics
- KIN 535 Advanced Exercise Physiology 1
- KIN 539 Theory and Practice of Exercise Testing
Digit Ratio (2D:4D) and muscular Strength in adolescent boys
by Professor Grant R. Tomkinson and Jordan Tomkinson
Using a cross-sectional design, this study quantified the relationship between the digit ratio (2D:4D) and muscular strength in 57 adolescent boys. 2D:4D was very likely a moderate negative correlate of handgrip strength, even after adjustment for age and body size. This result may reflect the organizational benefits of prenatal testosterone.
Lang, J., Tremblay, F., Ruiz,J., Tomkinson, G., (2017). Review of criterion-referenced standards for cardiorespiratory fitness: what percentage of international children and youth are apparently healthy? British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Ross, K., Tomkinson, G ., McGregor, B., Ayres, O., Piscitelli, D., (2017). Addition of the apical oblique projection increases the detection of acute traumatic shoulder abnormalities in adults. American Society of Emergency Radiology. The final publication is available at link.springer.com
Frick, N., Hull, M., Manning, J., Tomkinson, G ., (2016). Relationships between digit ration (2D:4D) and basketball performance in Austranlian Men. American Journal of Human Biology
Schranz, N., Olds, T., Boyd, R., Evans, J., Gomersall, S., Hardy, L., Hesketh, K., Lubans, D., Ridgers, N., Straker, L., Vella, S., Ziviani, J., Tomkinson, G ., (2016). Results From Australia's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, (Suppl 2), S87-S94.
Tremplay, M., Barnes, J., Gonzalez, S., Katzmarzyk, P., Onywera, J., Reilly, J., Tomkinson, G ., and the Global Matrix 2.0 Research Team (2016). Report Card Grades on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth Comparing 38 Cournties. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, (Suppl 2) S343-S366.
Lang, J., Tremblay, M., Leger, L., Olds, T., Tomkinson , G., (2016). International variability in 20m shuttle run performance in children and youth: who are the fittest from a 50-country comparison? A systematic literature review with pooling of aggregate results. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Tomkinson, G., Lang, J., Tremblay, M., Dale, M., LeBlanc, A., Belanger, K.., Ortega, F., Leger, L., (2016;0:1-14). International normative 20m shuttle run values from 1 142 026 children and youth representing 50 countries. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Tomkinson, G. , Danielle, N., Fulton, A., Furnell, A., (2017). Time changes in the body dimensions of male Australian Army personnel between 1977 and 2012. Applied Ergonomics 58; 18-24
Lang, J., Tremblay, M., Ortega, F., Ruiz, J., Tomkinson, G ., (2017). Review of criterion-referenced standards for cardiorespiratory fitness: what percentage of 1 142 026 international children and youth are apparently healthy? British Journal of Sports Medicine.