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Lecturer (PhD) and Research Fellow, Victoria University

Dr Sam Howe is a Lecturer (PhD) and research fellow with the Institute for Health and Sport (IHeS) and First Year College at Victoria University.

He coordinates and teaches into human physiology, exercise physiology and resistance training units.

His research investigates the applications of wearable technology (GPS & accelerometers namely) in collision-based team sports. Sam previously completed his doctoral research with the Melbourne Rebels (Super 18 Rugby union team) and the Melbourne Rising (National Rugby Championship team) being the sport scientist for both teams. He is also involved in several learning and teaching related research investigations.

Previous honours research focused on the effects of Beta-alanine and sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) on cycling performance in highly-trained cyclists with the Sports Performance Optimization Research Team (SPORT) - University of Tasmania.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer, Victoria University
  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow, Victoria University


  • 2021 
    Victoria University, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • 2011 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Exercise Science, Honours
  • 2010 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Exercise Science


  • 2020
    Sensitivity, reliability and construct validity of GPS and accelerometers for quantifying peak periods of rugby competition., PLos One
  • 2019
    Does university prepare students for employment? Alignment between graduate attributes, accreditation requirements and industry employability criteria, Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability
  • 2013
    The effect of β-alanine supplementation on isokinetic force and cycling performance in highly-trained cyclists, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
  • 2012
    The effect of combined β-Alanine and NaHCO3 supplementation on cycling performance, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • 2012
    The effects of NaHCO3 and NaCl loading on hematocrit and high-intensity cycling performance, Journal of Exercise Physiology Online

Research Areas

  • Exercise Physiology (110602)