Dr. Best joined the University of Kentucky in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Sports Medicine Research Institute. He joins UK with a wide range of research and applied experience in sports science and exercise physiology.
Dr. Best spent almost 10 years as a fitness trainer and strength and conditioning coach before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Sydney in 2010. Since the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Best has spent time as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Defense Science and Technology Group (Melbourne, Australia), Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (Dallas, TX) and James Cook University (Townsville, Australia). His research has included the effect of age on thermal and cardiovascular regulation during exercise, the autonomic regulation of blood pressure, the effect of a behavior modification program in patients with peripheral arterial disease, as well as the development of new fitness assessments and standards for the Australian Army as part of the Physical Employment Standards Project.
Outside of his academic work, Dr. Best has worked with a number of professional and semi-professional soccer, basketball, rugby league and cricket teams as a sports scientist, performance analyst and strength and conditioning coach.
Burton N, Ademi Z, Best S, Fiatarone Singh M, Jenkins J, Lawson K, Leicht A, Mavros Y, Noble Y, Norman P, Norman R, Parmenter B, Pinchbeck J, Reid C, Rowbotham S, Yip L, Golledge J (In Press). Efficacy of brief behavioral counselling by allied health professionals to promote physical activity in people with peripheral arterial disease (BIPP): study protocol for a multi-center randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health
Stickford A, Okada Y, Best S, Parker R, Levine B, Fu Q (In Press). Sympathetic neural and cardiovascular responses during static handgrip exercise in women with a history of hypertensive pregnancy. Clin Auton Res
Beck B, Ham D, Best S, Carstairs G, Savage R, Straney L, Caldwell J (2016). Predicting endurance time in a repetitive lift and carry task using linear mixed models. PLoS ONE, Jul 5
Carstairs G, Ham D, Savage R, Best S, Beck B, Doyle T (2016). A box lift and place assessment is related to performance of several military manual handling tasks. Mil Med 181: 258-264
Best S, Bivens T, Palmer D, Boyd K, Galbreath M, Okada Y, Carrick-Ranson G, Fujimoto N, Shibata S, Hastings J, Spencer M, Tarumi T, Levine B, Fu Q (2014). Heart rate recovery after maximal exercise is blunted in hypertensive seniors. J Appl Physiol 117: 1302-1307
Best S, Thompson M, Caillaud C, Marte L, Fatseas G, Tammam A (2014). Exercise-heat acclimation in young and older trained cyclists. J Sci Med Sport 17: 677-682