Bareket Falk, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 293
905 688 5550 x4979

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 currently the 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

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,

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.

  • 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).