Mike Plyley, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 248
905 688 5550 x3383

Mike Plyley is an exercise physiologist, interested in the adaptation of skeletal muscle that arises from disturbances of the cellular environmental, which occur with physical training, disease conditions, and genetic manipulation. He has published numerous papers on the capillary supply of muscle in health and disease, including investigations of capillary development (angiogenesis) and the loss of capillaries with inactivity, aging, and disease. Currently, he is developing a database of the capillary supply of human skeletal muscle in health and disease for use by researchers in the field.

  • Muscle adaptation to training Capillary supply of skeletal muscle
  • Alterations in the capillary supply in health and disease
  • Interactions of capillary development/loss with alterations in muscle fibre growth/atrophy
  • Mechanism(s) of angiogenesis and capillary loss
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Board Member, 2016-18
  • VP Research, 2010-12 – President, 1989-90 – Member, 1978-present
  • American College of Sport Medicine – Member, 1977-present

Batey, B., Pretty, C., Wade, T.J., Plyley, M.J. and O’Leary, D.D. (2017). Health-related quality of life in patients attending maintenance cardiovascular rehabilitation. Eur. J. Cardiovasc. Prev. Rehabil. (in review).

Faught, B.E., K. Sheehan, M. Plyley, M. Law, W.J. Montelpare, and L. Wiens. (2015). The Role of Intra-partum Intravenous Therapy and Newborn Weight Loss: Challenging the 7% Rule. Clin. Mother Child Hlth 12: 1-4. Russell, C.

E. Papadopoulos, Y. Mezil, I.A. Ludwa, G.D. Wells, M. Plyley, M. Greenway and P. Klentrou. (2014). Acute versus chronic supplementation of sodium citrate on 200m performance in adolescent swimmers. J. Intern. Soc. Sports Nutr. 11: 26-35.

Hartley, G.L., A.D. Flouris, M.J. Plyley and S.S. Cheung. (2012). The effect of a covert manipulation of ambient temperature on heat storage and voluntary exercise intensity. Physiol. Behav. 105: 1194-1201, 2012.

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Adaptations to Habitual Activity