Paul Laursen

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Adjunct Professor / Performance Physiologist



PhD (Queensland), MSc, BHK (UBC, Canada)

Memberships and Affiliations

Editorial Board Member - Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Editorial Board Member - Temperature

Research Areas

  • High-intensity interval training
  • Nutritional ketosis
  • Thermal physiology
  • Heart rate variability
  • Artificial intelligence

Research Summary

For seven years, Paul Laursen lead the Performance Physiology Team at High Performance Sport New Zealand for London and Rio Olympic cycles.  He now resides in Revelstoke Canada where he supervises students remotely in various projects, alongside his role as an endurance coach. He has published over 100 refereed manuscripts in moderate-to-high impact exercise and sports science journals, and is currently writing a book with Martin Buchheit titled: The Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training (Human Kinetics).

Current Research Projects

  • Practical precooling for major event performance
  • Low carbohydrate high fat diets, nutritional ketosis and exercise performance
  • High intensity training and performance
  • Guiding endurance training with heart rate variability


Peer Reviewed Articles (a selection only)

  • Schulze E, Daanen HA, Levels K, Casadio JR, Plews DJ, Kilding AE, Siegel R, Laursen PB. Effect of Thermal State and Thermal Comfort on Cycling Performance in the Heat. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2015 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Cotter JD, Thornton SN, Lee JK, Laursen PB. Are we being drowned in hydration advice? Thirsty for more? Extrem Physiol Med. 2014 Oct 29;3:18.
  • Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Heart-rate variability and training-intensity distribution in elite rowers. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2014 Nov;9(6):1026-32.
  • Wall BA, Watson G, Peiffer JJ, Abbiss CR, Siegel R, Laursen PB. Current hydration guidelines are erroneous: dehydration does not impair exercise performance in the heat. Br J Sports Med. 2013 Sep 20.
  • Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Stanley J, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Training adaptation and heart rate variability in elite endurance athletes: opening the door to effective monitoring. Sports Med. 2013 Sep;43(9):773-81.
  • Buchheit M, Laursen PB. High-intensity interval training, solutions to the programming puzzle. Part II: anaerobic energy, neuromuscular load and practical applications. Sports Med. 2013 Oct;43(10):927-54.
  • Buchheit M, Laursen PB. High-intensity interval training, solutions to the programming puzzle: Part I: cardiopulmonary emphasis. Sports Med. 2013 May;43(5):313-38.
  • Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Evaluating training adaptation with heart-rate measures: a methodological comparison. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2013 Nov;8(6):688-91. Epub 2013 Mar 8.
  • Siegel R, Laursen PB. (2012). Keeping your cool: possible mechanisms for enhanced exercise performance in the heat with internal cooling methods. Sports Med, 42(2):89-98.
  • Laursen PB. (2010). Training for intense exercise performance: high-intensity or high-volume training? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 20 Suppl 2:1-10.
  • Abbiss, C.R. and P.B. Laursen. (2008). Describing and understanding pacing strategies during athletic competition. Sports Medicine, 38(3), 239-252.
  • Quod, M.J., D.T. Martin, and P.B. Laursen. (2006). Cooling athletes before competition in the heat: comparison of techniques and practical considerations. Sports Medicine, 36(8), 671-82.
  • Abbiss, C.R., and P.B. Laursen. (2005). Models to explain fatigue during prolonged endurance cycling. Sports Medicine, 35 (10), 865-898.
  • Laursen, P.B., and D.G. Jenkins. (2002). The scientific basis for high-intensity interval training: optimising training programs and maximising performance in highly trained endurance athletes. Sports Medicine, 32:53-73.