Dan Plews

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Research Fellow



Teaching Areas:

  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology

Research Areas:

  • Athlete health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Elite exercise performance
  • Endurance sports (triathlon, rowing, cycling)
  • Heart rate variability
  • Athlete monitoring

Research Summary:

Dr Daniel Plews is most known for his research that focuses in heart rate variability (HRV). Much of this research involves the use of HRV as a tool to monitor training adaptation in athletic populations. Having worked with the New Zealand Rowing team for 7 years, must this research was carried out in Olympic level rowers.

As a keen Ironman triathlete himself, Dan is also interested many aspects of endurance physiology and performance. Current research interests in lower carbohydrate diets for endurance performance, functional resistance training and quantification of the healthy athlete.

Current Research Projects:

  • Functional resistance training for Ironman triathlon (swimming, cycling and running)
  • Plasma acidosis, anaerobic power reserve and cycling time trial performance.
  • HRV and blood glucose for the athletic populations.
  • Ketogenic diets and exercise performance.


First Author Peer Reviewed Articles

Comparison of Heart Rate Variability Recording With Smart Phone Photoplethysmographic, Polar H7 Chest Strap and Electrocardiogram Methods. Plews DJ, Scott B, Altini M, Wood M, Kilding AE, Laursen PB. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2017 Mar 14:1-17. [Epub ahead of print]

Day-to-Day Heart-Rate Variability Recordings in World-Champion Rowers: Appreciating Unique Athlete Characteristics. Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Buchheit M. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2017 May;12(5):697-703

Heart-rate variability and training-intensity distribution in elite rowers. Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2014 Nov;9(6):1026-32. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2013-0497.

Monitoring training with heart rate-variability: how much compliance is needed for valid assessment? Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Le Meur Y, Hausswirth C, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2014 Sep;9(5):783-90.

Training adaptation and heart rate variability in elite endurance athletes: opening the door to effective monitoring. Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Stanley J, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Sports Med. 2013 Sep;43(9):773-81.

Evaluating training adaptation with heart-rate measures: a methodological comparison. Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2013 Nov;8(6):688-91.

Heart rate variability in elite triathletes, is variation in variability the key to effective training? A case comparison. Plews DJ, Laursen PB, Kilding AE, Buchheit M. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2012 Nov;112(11):3729-41

Conference Proceedings

Sports Science New Zealand annual conference 2016

Plews, D (2016). Chasing the 0.2: Striving to have impact in High Performance Sport

European Congress of Sports Science 2015

Plews, D. and Laursen PB (2015). War and Peace: The challenges of performing research in a high performance sports environment. The New Zealand perspective. 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Medicine, Malmo, Sweden, 24th-27 June

Sports Science New Zealand annual conference 2012

Plews D, Siegel, R. and Laursen, P.B. (2012). Applied physiology to assist high  performance athletes. SESNZ conference, Wellington, New Zealand, September 2012


Loughborough University Sports Scholar
Accredited Sports Scientist New Zealand Rowing Team 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games