Bareket Falk, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 293
905 688 5550 x4979
bfalk@brocku.ca

Bareket Falk is a pediatric exercise physiologist, with a wide interest in children’s responses to exercise and the physiological effects that physical training may have on healthy children, as well as on children with chronic diseases. Her current work focuses on the effect of growth, maturation and physical activity on muscle function and on bone development. Bareket Falk is the current director of the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health and the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science.

  • Muscle function: effect of growth, maturation and training
  • Exercise and training effects on bone during the growing years
  • Thermoregulation during exercise
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists
  • North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Science – Board member
  • European Group for Pediatric Work Physiology
  • American College of Sports Medicine – Fellow
  • Israeli Society of Sports Medicine

Theocharidis A^, McKinlay BJ*, Vlachopoulos D, Josse AR, Falk B, Klentrou P. Effects of Post Exercise Protein Supplementation on Markers of Bone Turnover in Adolescent Swimmers. Int. J Sports Med (revision requested Mar 2020)

Melissa Calleja^, Natalie Caetano Feitoza^, Bareket Falk, Panagiota Klentrou, Wendy E. Ward, Phillip J. Sullivan, Andrea R. Josse. Increased dairy product consumption as part of a diet and exercise weight management program improves body composition in adolescent females with overweight and obesity – A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatric Obesity. (accepted May 26 2020)

Stacey Woods*, Raffy Dotan, Nicole Jenicek*, Bareket Falk. Isometricbased EMG threshold in girls and women. Eur. J Appl Physiol 120:907–914, 2020

Andrea R. Josse, Izabella A. Ludwa, Rozalia Kouvelioti^, Melissa Calleja^, Bareket Falk, Wendy E. Ward and Panagiota Klentrou. Dairy product intake decreases bone resorption following a 12-week diet and exercise intervention in overweight and obese adolescent girls. Pediatric Research. (Accepted – Feb 13 2020)

Alexandra Woloschuk*, Gary J. Hodges, Raffaele J. Massarotto, Panagiota Klentrou, Bareket Falk. The skin blood flow response to exercise in boys and men and the role of nitric oxide. Eur J Appl Physiol. 120:753–762, 2020

Gary J. Hodges, Panagiota Klentrou, Stephen S. Cheung, and Bareket Falk. Comparison of laser speckle contrast imaging and laser-Doppler fluxmetry in boys and men. Microvasc Res (accepted – Sept 15 2019).

Adebero, Tony*, McKinlay, Brandon John*, Theocharidis, Alexandros^, Root, Zach^, Josse, Andrea R, Klentrou, Panagiota, Falk, Bareket. Salivary and Serum Concentrations of Cortisol and Testosterone at Rest and in Response to Intense Exercise in Boys versus Men. Pediatr Exerc Sci 32(2):65-72, 2020

Stacey Woods*, Raffy Dotan, Nicole Jenicek*, James Maynard#, David Gabriel, Craig Tokuno, Bareket Falk. Isometric-based test improves EMG-threshold determination in boys vs. men. Eur J Appl Physiol 119:1971-1979, 2019

R. Kouvelioti^, N. Kurgan^, B. Falk, W.E. Ward, A.R. Josse and P. Klentrou. Cytokine and sclerostin response to high intensity interval running versus cycling. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 51(12):2458-2464, 2019.

Kayleigh M. Beaudry^, Aysha M. Thomas, Izabella A. Ludwa^, Wendy E. Ward, Bareket Falk, Andrea R. Josse. First-year university is associated with greater body weight, body composition and adverse dietary changes in males than females. PLOS ONE 2019 Jul 3;14(7):e0218554. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218554. eCollection 2019.

GJ Hodges, MM Mallette, A Rigby, P Klentrou, SS Cheung, B Falk. Comparison of different wheelchair seating on thermoregulation and perceptual responses in thermoneutral and hot conditions in children. J Tissue Viabil 28:144-151, 2019.

R. Kouvelioti^, P. LeBlanc, B. Falk, W.E. Ward, A.R. Josse and P. Klentrou. Effects of high intensity interval running versus cycling on sclerostin, markers of bone turnover and oxidative stress in young men. Calcif Tiss Int 104:582-590, 2019

B. Falk, R Dotan. Measurement and interpretation of maximal aerobic power in children. Pediatr Exerc Sci 31(2):144-151, 2019

R. Kouvelioti^, N. Kurgan^, B. Falk, W.E. Ward, A.R. Josse, and P. Klentrou. Response of sclerostin and bone turnover markers to high-intensity interval exercise in young women: does impact matter? Biomed Res Int, Special issue: “The Bone Response to Exercise”. 2018 Nov 1;2018:4864952. doi: 10.1155/2018/4864952. eCollection 2018

Gary J. Hodges, Matthew C. Mueller#, Stephen S. Cheung, Bareket Falk. Cutaneous vasomotor responses in boys and men. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 43(10):1019-1026, 2018

Gary J. Hodges, Antti M. Kiviniemi, Matthew M. Mallette, Panagiota Klentrou, Bareket Falk, & Stephen S. Cheung. Effect of passive heat exposure on cardiac autonomic function in healthy children. Eur J Appl Physiol 118:2233-2240, 2018

Nigel Kurgan^, Heather Logan-Sprenger, Bareket Falk, Panagiota Klentrou. Bone and inflammatory responses to training in female rowers over an Olympic year. Med Sci Sport Exerc 50(9):1810-1817, 2018

BJ McKinlay*, PJ Wallace, R Dotan, D Long#, C Tokuno, D Gabriel, B Falk. Effects of Plyometric and Resistance Training on Muscle Strength, Explosiveness and Neuromuscular Function in Young Adolescent Soccer Players. J. Strength Cond Res. 32(11): 3039-3050, 2018

P Klentrou, K Angrish, N Awadia, Kurgan^, R Kouvelioti^, B Falk. Wnt signaling related osteokines at rest and following plyometric exercise in pre- and early pubertal boys and girls. Pediatr Exerc Sci 30(4):457-465, 2018 Apr 23:1-9. doi: 10.1123/pes.2017-0259

J Dekker^, K Nelson^, N Kurgan^, B Falk, A Josse, P Klentrou. Wnt Signaling-related Osteokines and Transforming Growth Factors Before and After a Single Bout of Plyometric Exercise in Pre- and Post-menarcheal Girls. Pediatr Exerc Sci 29(4):504-512, 2017

BJ McKinlay*, PJ Wallace, R Dotan, D Long#, C Tokuno, D Gabriel, B Falk. Isometric and dynamic strength and neuromuscular attributes as predictors of vertical jump performance in 11-13 year old male athletes Appl Physiolo Nutr Metab. Sep;42(9):924-930, 2017. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0111

IA Ludwa, B Falk, WE Ward, KL Gammage, P Klentrou. Mechanical, Biochemical and Nutritional Determinants of the Functional Model of Bone Development in Boys and Girls, using Quantitative Ultrasound Measurements. Appl Physiolo Nutr Metab. (accepted, Feb 2017)

P T Pianosi, RI Liem, B Falk PhD, FJ Cerny, RG McMurray, HCG Kemper. Pediatric Exercise Testing: value and implications of peak oxygen uptake. MDPI-Children. 4, 6, 2017 doi:10.3390/children4010006

Dotan R, Jenkins G*, O’Brien TD, Hansen S, Falk B. Torque-onset determination: Unintended consequences of the threshold method. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 31:7-13, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2016.08.017. [Epub ahead of print]

D Long#, R Dotan, B Pitt*, B McKinlay*, TD O’Brien, C Tokuno, and B Falk: The Electromyographic Threshold in Girls and Women. Pediatric Exercise Science, 29(1):84-93, 2017. doi: 10.1123/pes.2016-0056. Epub 2016 Aug 19

P Klentrou, A Giannopoulou, B McKinlay*, P Wallace, C Muir, B Falk, D Mack. Salivary cortisol and testosterone responses to resistance and plyometric exercise in 12-14 year old boys. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 41(7):714-718, 2016

Falk B, Haddad F, Klentrou P, Ward WE, Kish K*, Mezil Y, Radom-Aizik S. Differential sclerostin and parathyroid hormone response to exercise in boys and men. Osteoporosis Int., 27:1245-1249, 2016.

Cook O, Frost G, Twose D, Wallman L, Falk B, Galea V, Adkin A, and Klentrou P. CAN-flip: a pilot gymnastics program for children with cerebral palsy. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 32(4):349-70, 2015.

K Kish*, Y Mezil, WE Ward, P Klentrou, B Falk. Effect of plyometric exercise session on markers of bone turnover in boys and young men. Eur J Appl Physiol 2015 May 29. [Epub ahead of print]; 115(10):2115-2124, 2015

Akseer N*, Kish K*, Rigby WA*, Greenway M, Klentrou P, Wilson , Falk B: Does bracing affect bone health in women with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis? Scoliosis 10:5, 2015 DOI 10.1186/s13013-015-0031-1

B Pitt*, R Dotan, J Millar*, D Long*, C Tokuno, T O’Brien, B Falk: The electromyographic threshold in boys and men. Eur. J Appl Physiol. 115(6): 115(6):1273-81 2015.

Falk, B, Eliakim, A: Endocrine Response to Resistance Training in Children. Pediatric Exercise Science 26(4):404-422, 2014

N. Ashish, M Bamman, FJ. Cerny, DM Cooper, P D’Hemecourt, JC. Eisenmann, DEricson, J Fahey, B Falk, D Gabriel, MG. Kahn, H C.G. Kemper, S-Y Leu, RI. Liem, R McMurray, PA. Nixon, JT Olin, PT. Pianosi, Mary Purucker, S Radom-Aizik, A Taylor (In Alphabetical order): The clinical translation gap in child health exercise research: A call for disruptive innovation. Clinical and Translational Science 2015 Feb;8(1):67-76. doi: 10.1111/cts.12194. [Epub ahead of print: 2014 Aug 11]

Falk, B., Rigby, A*., Akseer, N.*: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: The possible harm of bracing and the likely benefit of exercise. Spine Journal 2015 15(1):209-10.. pii: S1529-9430(14)00467-7. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.05.006. [Epub ahead of print: 2014 May 16]

Papadopoulos, E.*, C. Muir, C. Russell, B.W. Timmons, B. Falk and P. Klentrou. Stress and immune responses during a week leading to competition in adolescent swimmers. J of Immunol Res. Volume 2014, Article ID 234565, 7 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/234565

Dotan, R., Mitchell, C.*, Cohen, R.*, Gabriel, D., Klentrou, P., Falk, B.: Explosive sport training and torque kinetics in children. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 38(7):740-745, 2013. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2012-0330. Epub 2013 Jan 29

Dotan, R., Mitchell, C.*, Cohen, R.*, Gabriel, D., Klentrou, P., Falk, B.: Child–adult differences in the kinetics of torque development. Journal of Sports Sciences 31(9):945-956, 2013.

Ludwa I.A.*, D.D. O’Leary, T.J. Wade, J. Cairney, B. Falk, and P. Klentrou. The effect of adiposity on the relationship between indicators of maturity in peri-pubertal children. Ann. Human Biol., 40(1):70-4, 2013; Early Online: 1–5 (Dec. 2012)

Dotan, R., C. Mitchell*, R. Cohen*, P. Klentrou, D. Gabriel, B. Falk: Child—Adult Differences in Muscle Activation – A Review. Pediatric Exercise Science 24:2-21, 2012. Invited review.

Alexandra Woloschuk*, Gary J. Hodges, Raffaele J. Massarotto&, Raffy Dotan, Panagiota Klentrou, Bareket Falk. The skin blood flow response to exercise in boys and men and the role of nitric oxide. Eur J Appl Physiol. (accepted Dec 4 2019).

Gary J. Hodges, Panagiota Klentrou, Stephen S. Cheung, and Bareket Falk. Comparison of laser speckle contrast imaging and laser-Doppler fluxmetry in boys and men. Microvasc Res (accepted – Sept 15 2019).

Adebero, Tony*, McKinlay, Brandon John*, Theocharidis, Alexandros^, Root, Zach^, Josse, Andrea R, Klentrou, Panagiota, Falk, Bareket. Salivary and Serum Concentrations of Cortisol and Testosterone at Rest and in Response to Intense Exercise in Boys versus Men. Pediatr Exerc Sci (accepted Sept 15 2019).

Stacey Woods*, Raffy Dotan, Nicole Jenicek*, James Maynard#, David Gabriel, Craig Tokuno, Bareket Falk. Isometric-based test improves EMG-threshold determination in boys vs. men. Eur J Appl Physiol 119:1971-1979, 2019

R. Kouvelioti^, N. Kurgan^, B. Falk, W.E. Ward, A.R. Josse and P. Klentrou. Cytokine and sclerostin response to high intensity interval running versus cycling. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 51(12):2458-2464, 2019.

Kayleigh M. Beaudry^, Aysha M. Thomas, Izabella A. Ludwa^, Wendy E. Ward, Bareket Falk, Andrea R. Josse. First-year university is associated with greater body weight, body composition and adverse dietary changes in males than females. PLOS ONE 14(7) e0218554

GJ Hodges, MM Mallette, A Rigby, P Klentrou, SS Cheung, B Falk. Comparison of different wheelchair seating on thermoregulation and perceptual responses in thermoneutral and hot conditions in children. J Tissue Viabil  28:144-151, 2019.

R. Kouvelioti^, P. LeBlanc, B. Falk, W.E. Ward, A.R. Josse and P. Klentrou. Effects of high intensity interval running versus cycling on sclerostin, markers of bone turnover and oxidative stress in young men. Calcif Tiss Int 104:582-590, 2019

B. Falk, R Dotan. Measurement and interpretation of maximal aerobic power in children. Pediatr Exerc Sci 31(2):144-151, 2019

R. Kouvelioti^, N. Kurgan^, B. Falk, W.E. Ward, A.R. Josse, and P. Klentrou. Response of sclerostin and bone turnover markers to high-intensity interval exercise in young women: does impact matter?  Biomed Res Int, Special issue: “The Bone Response to Exercise” (accepted Oct 9 2018)

Gary J. Hodges, Matthew C. Mueller#, Stephen S. Cheung, Bareket Falk. Cutaneous vasomotor responses in boys and men. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 43(10):1019-1026, 2018

Gary J. Hodges, Antti M. Kiviniemi, Matthew M. Mallette, Panagiota Klentrou, Bareket Falk, & Stephen S. Cheung. Effect of passive heat exposure on cardiac autonomic function in healthy children. Eur J Appl Physiol 118:2233-2240, 2018

  • Growth and Development
  • Pediatric Exercise Science

I am always happy to hear from prospective students with an interest in children and exercise.  I am looking for students who have experience working with children and can demonstrate research skills, particularly students who have completed 4th year or MSc theses. We have a great team of undergraduate students, MSc and PhD students, as well as research associates. Students can get involved in one of the above areas of research, or develop their own study, involving children and exercise.

If you think you would be a good addition to our lab, I encourage you to read about our research projects and publications, then contact me with an outline of your academic background (current degree and topic, average grades, and research experience), general interests, and perhaps specific ideas about potential projects.

Information for undergraduate students wishing to do research in our laboratory I accept applications from prospective undergraduate students wishing to participate in our field research.  Students wishing to conduct independent projects (e.g., PEKN 3P99, 4P99, 4F91) are especially encouraged to apply. A mark ≥ 80% in Growth and Development (PEKN 2P84) and Children’s Response to Exercise (PEKN 4P84), as well as background in data management and statistics, are assets.  Prospective students with the appropriate background are invited to read about our research projects and publications, and e-mail me a short message outlining their academic background (current year, program, relevant course experience, average grades, and research experience, and an unofficial transcript), and their availability for research during the school year and in the summer (Please send only .pdf files).