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Prof. Chad Sutherland

Prof. Chad A. Sutherland 

Director of Operations - Centre for Human Performance & Health (CHPH)
Sport & Exercise Biomechanics, Strength & Conditioning

 


E-mail: chads@uwindsor.ca
Phone : (519) 253 - 3000 ext: 4050
Office: H.K. Building Room 114
CHPH Lab: H.K. Building Room 202

Education:

Ph.D.(c) -Sport & Exercise Biomechanics: McMaster University
M.Sc. - Sport and Exercise Science: University of New Brunswick - 2004
B.Sc. (Honours) - Human Kinetics: University of Guelph - 2002

Bio

Chad is the Director of Operations for the newly established Centre for Human Performance & Health, in the Faculty of Kinesiology.  The Centre for Human Performance & Health provides community programming and conducts research in 3 strategic areas: 1) Active and Healthy Living, 2) Sport Performance, and 3) Workplace Training & Safety. Chad is also a sport science consultant for various sport teams and individual athletes – focusing on strength & conditioning programming and athletic testing to maximize performance and minimize injury risk.

Chad’s doctoral work is investigating the effects of fatigue on knee joint mechanics during various sport movements (vertical jumping, lateral bounding). Furthermore, Chad is examining how individualized exercise presciption can be used to reduce ACL injury risk in athletes.

Chad has developed various sport and exercise programs to improve physical and mental health in various local community groups including: 1) adults with autism and an intellectual disability, 2) cancer patients, and 3) university students experiencing mental health concerns.

Research Projects:

  1. Effects of progressive fatigue on knee joint landing mechanics and ACL injuries
  2. Strength & conditioning and physiological testing for elite athletes
  3. Exercise prescription for:
    • Adults with an intellectual disability and autism (APEX Research group)
    • University students dealing with mental health concerns (UWorkItOut-UWin)
    • Cancer patients and survivors
  4. The use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Courses Taught:

95-200: Introduction to Health & Wellness
95-398: Practice, Theory & Analysis of Physical Fitness
95-498: Undergraduate Internship
95-299: Co-op Work Experience I
95-399: Co-op Work Experience II
95:499: Co-op Work Experience III

Memberships:

WE SPARK Health Institute
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA)

Research Funding:

  • Mitacs Research Training Award (2020)
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation - Grow Grant (2016-2019)
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation - Local Poverty Reduction Fund (2016-2017)
  • University of Windsor Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (2017-2018)


Areas of Research:

Strength & conditioning training for sport performance
Unstable exercise training
Exercise programing for special populations
Electromyography to force relationships

Recent Research Funding:

  1. Humanities and Social Science Research Grants (2012-2013): A 12-week Sport Intervention Program 
  2. Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion – Healthy Communities Fund (2010-2012): A 12-week Strength & Conditioning Program to Improve Health and Performance.


Select Scholarly Activities:

For a complete list: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chad_Sutherland

  1. Bested, S.R., Carr, K., Sutherland, C.A., Horton, S. & Azar, N.R. (2020-in press). Improving motor control in adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability: Results from an adapted physical exercise intervention, Journal on Developmental Disability.
  2. Muir, I.L., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., Loughead, T.M., Sutherland, C.A. & Hawksley, K. (2020). The UWorkItOut UWin Program: Improving University Students’ Psychological Distress through Physical Activity, International Journal of Kinesiology & Sport Sciences, 8(3), 36-44.
  3. Ali, S.H., Horton, S., Sutherland, C.A. & Azar, N. (2018). The effects of aerobic exercise on repetitive behaviours and task performance for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 30(4), 323-373.
  4. Ali, S.H., Azar, N.R., Sutherland, C.A. & Horton, S. (2018). Understanding repetitive behaviours and the use of exercise as an intervention for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 30(2), 151-179.
  5. McAllister, R.J., Carr, K., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R. & Horton, S. (2018). Bystander perceptions of an exercise program for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability within a university setting, Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 23(2). 50-54.
  6. Wayne, N., Ataman, R., Fischer, S., Smith, L., Lariviere, C., Thomas, S., Sutherland, C.A., Srbely, J. & Santa Mina, D. (2017). Developing a research agenda for the profession of Kinesiology: A modified Delphi study, Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2(10), 51-56.
  7. Nairn, B., Sutherland, C.A. & Drake, J. (2017). Motion and muscle activity are affected by instability location during a squat exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(3), 677-685.
  8. Azar, N.R., McKeen, P., Carr, K., Sutherland, C.A. & Horton, S. (2016). Impact of motor skills training in adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 22(1), 28-38.
  9. Nairn, B., Sutherland, C.A. & Drake, J. (2015). Location of instability during a bench press alters movement patterns and electromyographical activity, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(11), 3162-3170.
  10. Carr, K., McKeen, P., Daabous, J., Azar, N.R., Horton, S. & Sutherland, C.A. (2015). Reliability of four subtests of the Jebsen Test of Hand Funciton among adults with autism and an intellectual disability, Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 21(1), 52-60.
  11. LaDelfa, N., Sutherland, C.A. & Potvin, J.R. (2014). EMG processing affects the interpretation of a protective neural tension-limiting mechanism during fatiguing, dynamic efforts, Muscle & Nerve, 50, 384-392.
  12. Sutherland, C.A., Furmanek, M., Lambrecht, S. & Frank, J. (2012). Whole body muscle activation patterns when supporting an unstable load. Joint World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research & Gait and Mental Function, Trondheim, Norway.
  13. Kanters, A., Sutherland, C.A. & Andrews, D.M. (2012). A comparison of hamstring flexibility improvements in elite athletes: Flexkor v.s. therapist. Ontario Biomechanics Conference, Barrie, Ontario.
  14. Sutherland, C.A., LaDelfa, N. & Potvin, J.R. (2011). An ergonomic evaluation of automotive hose quick-connect couplings: A comparison between in-line and "wiggle" techniques. 42nd Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, London, Ontario.
  15. Furmanek, M., Sutherland, C.A., Lambrecht, S., Frank, J. & Juras, G. (2011) Balancing with and unstable object: The adaptation to a novel dynamic task. 6th International Posture Symposium, Smolenice, Slovakia
  16. Woodruff, S.J., Sutherland, C.A. & Wolf, D. (2011). Nutrition behaviour changes with a 12-week physical activity and nutrition intervention among community-dwelling individuals with intellectual disabilities. Canadian Society for Nutrition Conference, Guelph, Ontario.
  17. LaDelfa, N., Sutherland, C.A. & Potvin, J. (2010) High-Pass filtering to improve sEMG to force relationship during maximal effort dynamic quadriceps contractions to Fatigue. Ontario Biomechanics Conference, Barrie, Ontario.
  18. Nairn, B., Sutherland, C.A. & Drake, J. (2010). Effects of the Location of Instability on Motion Patterns and Electromyography Activity in Bench Press Exercises. Canadian Society for Biomechanics, Kingston, Ontario.
  19. Sutherland, C.A., Albert, W.J., Wrigley, A.T. & Callaghan, J.P. (2008). A validation of a posture matching approach for the determination of 3D cumulative back loads, Applied Ergonomics, 39, 199-208.
  20. Sutherland, C.A., Albert, W.J., Wrigley, A.T. & Callaghan, J.P. (2007). The effect of camera viewing angle on posture assessment repeatability and cumulative spinal loading, Ergonomics, 50(6), 877-889.

Select Conference Presentations:

  1. Muir, I.L, Munroe-Chandler, K.J., Loughead, T.M. & Sutherland, C.A. (2020). Reducing anxiety and depression in university students: Effects of a campus wide exercise intervention, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Vancouver, BC.
  2. Sutherland, C.A., Taouil, G. & Milne, K.J. (2020). The relationship between isokinetic hamstring to quadriceps strength ratio and a battery of exercise field tests in healthy women, American College of Sports Medicine, San Francisco, California, USA.
  3. Minott, N., Penrose, K., Carr, K., Weir, P., Azar, N.R., Sutherland, C.A. & Horton, S. (2020). “Autism is lifelong” - The parental experience, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, London, ON.
  4. Muir, I., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., Loughead, T.M., Sutherland, C.A. & Hawksley, K. (2019). Changes in University Students Mental Health Following a Six-Week Physical Activity Intervention, Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology Conference. Vancouver, BC.
  5. Minott, N., Carr, K., Penrose, K., Horton, S., Azar, N.R. & Sutherland, C.A. (2019). Developing an adapted physical exercise (APEX) manual for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Niagara Falls, ON.
  6. Penrose, K., Carr, K., Minott, N., Weir, P., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R. & Horton, S. (2019). Parenting an adult child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A qualitative examination of the lived experience, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Niagara Falls, ON.
  7. Tillich, L., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R., Horton, S. & Carr, K. (2018). Energy expenditure of adults with autism spectrum disorder and in intellectual disability during as adapted physical exercise (APEX) program, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Kingston, ON.
  8. Ali, S., Horton, S., Azar, N. & Sutherland, C.A. (2018). Guidelines on implementing aerobic exercise for people with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Kingston, ON.
  9. Carr, K., Chittle, L., Wallace-Gero, N., Horton, S., Weir, P. & Sutherland, C.A. (2018). Income security among people with intellectual disabilities: Comparing strength-based and traditional employment services, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Kingston, ON.
  10. Carr, K., Horton, S., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R. & Weir, P. (2017). A co-transformative process: Showcasing strengths of autism through physical activity, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference, Windsor, ON.
  11. Carr, K., Roy, D., Sutherland, C.A., Horton, S. & Weir, P. (2017). Exploring the impact: Strength-based employment for people with intellectual disabilities, Ontario Disability Employment Network Conference, Toronto, ON.
  12. Sutherland, C.A., Leuty, P., Cort, J.A. & Potvin, J.R. (2017). Continuous maximal vertical jumping until exhaustion negatively affects landing impact severity: Effective duration measure, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  13. Azar, N.R., Colomba, R., Carr, K., Munroe-Chandler, K.J., Horton, S. & Sutherland, C.A. (2017). Improving strength and mobility of adults with Multiple Sclerosis through a 16-week exercise program, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  14. Sutherland, C.A. (2017). APEX: More than just exercise!, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Niagara Falls, ON.
  15. Ali, S., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R. & Horton, S. (2017). The effects of aerobic exercise on repetitive behaviours and task performance for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Niagara Falls, ON.
  16. Carr, K., Colomba, R., Horton, S., Sutherland, C.A. & Azar, N.R. (2016). Showcasing physical abilities of individuals with multiple sclerosis: A transformative experience, Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Waterloo, ON.
  17. Santa Mina, W.D., Fischer, S., Ataman, R., Coghlin, C., Chapman, J., Belcastro, A., Sutherland, C.A., Lariviere, C., Smith, L., Lingard, K., MacDonald, M., Holmes, M., Srbely, J. & Thomas, S. (2016). The inaugural research agenda for Registered Kinesiologists, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Victoria, BC.
  18. Ali, S., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R. & Horton, S. (2016). Effects of exercise on repetitive behaviours and task performance for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Southern Network of Specialized Care, Brantford, ON.
  19. Leuty, P., Sutherland, C.A., Potvin, J.R. & Cort, J.A. (2016). An investigation of the surface electromyography-to-force relationship during fatiguing static elbow flexion, International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  20. Ali, S., Sutherland, C.A., Horton, S. & Azar, N.R. (2016). Acute and long-term effects of aerobic exercise on repetitive behaviours and task performance for adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, London, ON.
  21. Carr, K., McAllister, R.J., Sutherland, C.A., Horton, S. & Azar, N.R. (2016). Fitness trainer perceptions of disability changed through exercising with adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, London, ON.
  22. Wayne, N., Ataman, R.L., Fischer, S., Belcastro, A., Lariviere, C., Sutherland, C.A., Srbely, J., Lingard, K., Smith, L., MacDonald, M., Holmes, M., Bryden, P., Thomas, S., & Santa Mina, D. (2015). Developing a Research Agenda for the Profession of Kinesiology, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Hamilton, ON.
  23. Azar, N.R., Carr, K., Horton, S.& Sutherland, C.A. (2015) Improving reaction time, static balance control, and gait in adults with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability: An exercise intervention study, International Society for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  24. Carr, K., Azar, N.R., Horton, S. & Sutherland, C.A. (2015). Increasing Strength and Flexibility of Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and an Intellectual Disability through a Strength and Conditioning Program, International Society for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  25. McAllister, R.J., Carr, K., Sutherland, C.A., Azar, N.R. & Horton, S. (2015). The Societal Impact of an Exercise Program for Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disability: Interviews with Gym Bystanders, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Thorold, ON.
  26. Sutherland, C.A., La Delfa, N. & Potvin, J.R. (2015). The effects of fatigue are influenced by muscle action (eccentric vs concentric) and force demands (submaximal vs maximal), XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Glasgow, Scotland.
  27. Sutherland, C.A., LaDelfa, N.J. & Potvin, J.R. (2014). Eccentric Muscle Actions Appear to be Affected Less by Fatigue than Concentric Contractions, 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  28. Sutherland, C.A., Carr, K., McKeen, P., Horton, S., & Azar, N.R. (2014). Participant benefits and training opportunities for university students through a 12-week adapted physical exercise program for adults with autism and an intellectual disability, International Society for Autism Research, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  29. Sutherland, C.A., Ivey, D. & Woordruff, S.J. (2013). A balanced approach: The development of an adapted physical exercise program for individuals with an intellectual disability, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Research Special Interest Group Conference, Niagara Falls, ON.
  30. Sutherland, C.A., Kanters, A. & Andrews, D. (2013). Assistive device provides comparable increases in hamstring flexibility and strength in elite track & field athletes compared to a trained therapist, National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
  31. Sutherland, C.A., LaDelfa, N. & Potvin, J.R. (2013). The use of extreme high pass filtering and whitening to remove fatigue artifact during maximal dynamic contractions - Part I: Effects of processing methods, International Society of Biomechanics XXIV Congress, Natal, Brazil.
  32. Sutherland, C.A., Furmanek, M., Lambrecht, S. & Frank, J. (2012). Whole body muscle activation patterns when supporting an unstable load, Joint World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research & Gait and Mental Function, Trondheim, Norway.
  33. Furmanek, M., Sutherland, C.A., Lambrecht, S., Frank, J. & Juras, G. (2011). Balancing with and unstable object: the adaptation to a novel dynamic task, 6th International Posture Symposium, Smolenice, Slovakia.
  34. Sutherland, C.A., Wrigley, A.T., Albert, W.J. & Callaghan, J.P. (2005). The accuracy of using postural assessment to determine cumulative exposure, American Society of Biomechanics 29th Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, USA.