Dr. Charles L. Rice

(Joint-Appointed with the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Kinesiology)

Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
M.Sc. University of Saskatchewan
B.Sc. Acadia University

Office: 411D Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Bldg
Visit: Dr. Rice's Home Page

Research Interests:

Studies centre on understanding the interrelationships between neural control and muscle properties during muscle contractions in humans. Models used to study these factors include fatigue, aging, and exercise training. Collaborative efforts using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques to examine relevant factors relating to neuromuscular function are also employed

Awards & Honours:

o Elected fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) 2009
o USC Teaching Honour Roll (2008-2009)
o USC Teaching Award Nominee (2007)
o Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards (2006 & 2007)
o Associate Investigator, The Lawson Health Research Institute, St. Joseph's Health Centre, London
o Faculty member of the Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging


Selected Publications:

  1. Power, G.A., Rice, C.L., and Vandervoort, A.A. 2012 Residual force enhancement following eccentric induced muscle damage. J. Biomechanics 45(10): 1835-1841.

  2. Harwood, B. and Rice, C.L. 2012 Changes in motor unit recruitment thresholds of the human anconeus muscle during torque development preceding shortening elbow extensions. J. Neurophysiol. 107: 2876-2884.

  3. Power, G.A., Dalton, B.H., Behm, D.G., Doherty, T.J, Vandervoort, A.A. and Rice, C.L. 2012 Motor unit survival in life-long runners is muscle-dependent. Med. Sci. Sports and Ex. 44(7): 1235-1242.

  4. Power, G.A., Dalton, B.H., Rice, C.L. and Vandervoort, A.A. 2012 Power loss is greater following lengthening contractions in old versus young women. AGE (Dordr) 34(3): 737-750.

  5. Dalton, B.H., Power, G.A., Vandervoort, A.A., and Rice, C.L. 2012 The age-related slowing of shortening velocity exacerbates power loss during repeated fast knee extensions in humans. Exp. Gerontol. 47: 85-92.

  6. Allen, M.D., Johnstone, J., Rice, C.L., and Marsh, G.D. 2011 Differences in leg bone geometry in young, old and very old women. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol 111: 2865-2871.

  7. Smith, C.B., Cheng, A.J., and Rice, C.L. 2011 Potentiation of the triceps brachii during voluntary submaximal contractions. Muscle & Nerve 43(6):859-65.

  8. Harwood, B., Davidson, A.W., and Rice, C.L. 2011 Motor unit discharge rates of the anconeus muscle during high velocity elbow extensions. Exp. Br. Research 208 (1): 103-113.

  9. Dalton, B.H., Power, G.A., Vandervoort, A.A., and Rice, C.L. 2010 Power loss is greater in old men than young men during fast plantar flexion contractions. J. Appl. Physiol. 109: 1441-1447.

  10. Power G.A., Dalton, B.H., Rice, C.L., and Vandervoort A.A. 2010 Delayed recovery of velocity-dependent power loss following eccentric actions of the ankle dorsiflexors. J. Appl. Physiol. 109: 669-676.

  11. Davidson, A.W., and Rice, C.L. 2010 Effect of shoulder angle on the activation pattern of the elbow extensors during a submaxiaml isometric fatiguing contraction. Muscle & Nerve 42: 514-521.

  12. Dalton, B.H., Jakobi, J.M., Allman, B.L., and Rice, C.L. 2010 Differential age-related changes in motor unitproperties between elbow flexors and extensors. Acta Physiologica 200: 45-55.

  13. Power, G.A., Dalton, B.H., Behm, D.G., Vandervoort, A.A., Doherty, T.J., and Rice, C.L. 2010 Motor unit
    number estimates in masters runners: use it or lose it? Med. Sci. Sports and Ex. 42: 1644-1650.

  14. Cheng, A.J., and Rice, C.L. 2010 The fatigue response of two different human muscles during velocity-dependent voluntary contractions. Med. Sci. Sports and Ex. 42: 1651-1659.

  15. Cheng, A.J., Davidson, A.W., and Rice, C.L. 2010 The influence of muscle length on the fatigue-related reduction in joint range of motion of the human dorsiflexors. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 109: 405-415.

  16. Dalton, B.H., Harwood, B., Davidson, A.W., and Rice, C.L. 2010 The recovery of motoneuron output is delayed in old men following high-intensity fatigue. J. Neurophysiol. 103: 977–985.