Associate Professor Anthony Leicht is a senior academic within Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University. He is an experienced exercise scientist/researcher with an international reputation and expertise in the responses to exercise with a particular emphasis on autonomic cardiac control. He has over 25 years of experience as an exercise science academic and enjoys teaching undergraduates within the areas of exercise physiology and exercise testing. He has published extensively, been involved in the successful reception of funding and awards, a member of several national/international exercise science and physiological organisations, an editorial board member for numerous international journals, and a regular invited reviewer for >50 international journals within the areas of Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiovascular Function and Physiology.

  • SP2006: Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health (Level 2; TSV)
  • SP2007: Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • SP2200: Exercise and Sports Testing (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Research Ethics
  • Cardiovascular function of humans during rest, exercise and recovery.
  • Assessment of exercise and physical activity capacity in healthy adults and those with chronic diseases/conditions.
  • Assessment
  • 2014 to present - Deputy Chair of Human Research Ethics Committee, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to present - Human Research Ethics Committee Member, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2018 - JCU Council Member, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Research Committee Member, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Director - Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2002 to 2005 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1999 to 2001 - Associate Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - The Leoni Warne Memorial Award. Defence Human Sciences Symposium, Perth, November 29-30
  • 2014 - Heikki Pekkarinen Memorial Award. The International 22nd Puijo Symposium, Physical Exercise in Clinical Medicine – Critical Appraisal of Scientific Evidence, Kuopio, Finland, June 24-28
  • 2013 - USQ Alumnus of the Year Faculty Award (Sciences)
  • 2012 - Best Scientific Paper Presentation – Exercise Science (ESSA National Conference, Gold Coast, Australia)
  • 2006 - Best Poster Presentation (AAESS National Conference, Sydney, Australia)
  • 2010 - European College of Sport Science (ECSS)
  • 2007 - Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS) - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • 2008 - Australian Physiological Society
  • 2006 - European College of Sport Science
  • 2006 - American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2004 - American Physiological Society
  • 2004 - Queensland College of Teachers
  • 2000 - Sports Medicine Australia
  • 2000 - Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS) - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • 2000 to 2018 - Australian Society for Medical Research
  • 2009 to 2017 - International Society of Autonomic Neuroscience
  • 1998 to 2017 - International Society for Heart Research
  • 2000 to 2007 - International Basketball Referee
  • 1994 to 2007 - National Basketball League Referee
  • 1988 to 2007 - Australian/Continental Basketball Association (A/CBA) Northern Conference Referee

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 198+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Anthony Leicht from 2002 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Cowboys Rugby League Football Limited - Contract Research

Game, Training and Individual Performance Analytics of Elite Rugby League Players

Indicative Funding
$110,000 over 4 years
Evaluating training and game performances I elite sport is an information-rich environment particularly with the additional of data analytic companies providing real-time and post-competition analyses for coaching staff. Additionally, the inclusion of wearable technology and in particular, the inclusion of global positioning systems in to the elite training environment have empowered high performance personnel with an overabundance of performance data through which evidence-based evaluations can be made. However, with the inclusion of such technology in to the contemporary elite training environment, coaching staff are now faced with interpretative decisions pertaining to what metrics are suitable and under what constraints.
Wade Sinclair, Anthony Leicht and Carl Woods in collaboration with Paul Bowman (College of Healthcare Sciences and Cowboys Rugby League Football Ltd)
Performance Analytics; Machine Learning

National Rugby League - Rugby League Research Committee

Identifying the impact of cognitive fitness on decision-making capacity of elite NRL officials

Indicative Funding
Officiating team sport matches requires engagement of complex physical and mental/cognitive processes. Superior cognitive fitness may assist with management of match stresses for greater decision-making. This project will: 1) identify the current cognitive fitness levels of elite NRL officials; and 2) examine the impact of cognitive and/or physical stress on elite NRL official?s decision-making proficiency; 3) clarify how cognitive fitness level moderates elite NRL officials? decision-making proficiency. This project will provide recommendations to enhance the decision-making capacity of elite NRL officials with reference to cognitive fitness.
Jonathan Connor, Anthony Leicht, Anne Swinbourne, Kenji Doma and Wade Sinclair (College of Healthcare Sciences)
referee; Elite Athlete; Rugby League; Decision-making

National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

Assessment of the Efficacy of a Brief Behaviour Intervention Designed to Improve Physical Activity in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease

Indicative Funding
$662,912 over 5 years
The primary aim of the current study is to assess the efficacy of a Brief Behavioural Intervention (BBI) delivered by allied health workers in health facilities to improve physical activity in patients with PAD over 24 months. Secondary aims of this study are to examine the effect of the BBI on participants functional capacity, revascularisation rate, resource use, and to perform an economic evaluation of the BBI compared to usual care.
Jon Golledge, Nicola Burton, Paul Norman, Anthony Leicht and Zanfina Ademi in collaboration with Richard Holdsworth, Ronan O'Carroll, Belinda Parmenter, Christopher Reid and Jason Jenkins (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, College of Healthcare Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, University of Stirling, The University of New South Wales, Monash University and Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital)
Peripheral Arterial Disease; Physical Activity; Intermittent Claudication; Behavioural Medicine

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Identification of performance qualities discriminant of developmental level for rugby league: A multidimensional athlete development framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Quantifying the Acute Physical, Cognitive and Physiological Responses of various Training Modalities in Australian Soldiers (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Prediction of lung function and health-related quality of life using handgrip strength in cardiac patients. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Use of Rugby League Specific Activities to assess effects of Training (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Use of Performance Analytics to Enhance Success within an Elite Rugby League Environment (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Quantification of the Cost of Injury to the Health System in Queensland, Australia (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Psychological Influences in Competitive Horse Riding during Equine Competitions - the direct impact of the Rider and their Stress Responses upon the Horses' Behaviour Responses (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

These are the most recent metadata records associated with this researcher. To see a detailed description of all dataset records, visit the JCU Research Data Catalogue.


The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.

  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

Connect with me
Share my profile
Share my profile:

  • 43.033, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences (Townsville campus)
Advisory Accreditation
Advisor Mentor
Find me on…
Icon for ResearcherID page Icon for ORCID profile Icon for Scopus Author page Icon for Twitter profile page

Similar to me

  1. Dr Sara Brice
    College of Science & Engineering
  2. Mr Brian Heilbronn
    College of Healthcare Sciences
  3. Mr Wade Sinclair
    College of Healthcare Sciences
  4. A/Prof Rebecca Sealey
    College of Healthcare Sciences
  5. Dr Glen Deakin
    College of Healthcare Sciences