Jared Fletcher, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Calgary
MSc, University of Calgary
BESS, University of Manitoba

Contact Information
Office: U243C
Email: jfletcher@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.5514


Jared’s teaching interests include courses in Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Statistics. He obtained his PhD in Applied Muscle Physiology from the University of Calgary where he studied the relationship between tendon mechanics, muscle energetics and whole-body energy cost of running in distance runners. Prior to arriving at MRU, Jared served as the Sport Physiologist for the Canadian National Para-swimming program, where he was responsible for testing and monitoring elite Paralympic swimmers at numerous World Championships and Paralympic Games. As a Mitacs Accelerate postdoctoral fellow, Jared assessed novel ways to assess exercise-related fatigue from heart rate variability and skeletal muscle force measurements in elite athletes and led health-related research initiatives in Calgary adult hospitals. His current research integrates physiology and biomechanics to better understand skeletal muscle and tendon function during exercise in individuals across the lifespan, to best prescribe exercise and to improve exercise tolerance and performance, from clinical rehabilitation to elite athletes.

Areas of Instruction

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Statistics and Research Methods

Areas of Scholarship

  • Muscle-tendon interaction during exercise
  • Quantification of exercise-related fatigue across the lifespan
  • Exercise is Medicine

Selected Publications

Fletcher, J.R., Groves, E.M., Pfister, T.R. and B.R. MacIntosh. 2013. Can muscle shortening alone explain the energy cost of muscle contraction in vivo? European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113: 2312-2322

Fletcher, J.R., and B.R. MacIntosh. Theoretical considerations for muscle-energy savings during distance running. Journal of Biomechanics. 73:73-79.

Fletcher, J.R., and B.R. MacIntosh. Running economy from a muscle energetics perspective. Front. Physiol. 8:433.

Fletcher, J.R. and B.R. MacIntosh. Achilles tendon strain energy in distance running: consider the muscle energy cost. Journal of Applied Physiology, 118:193-199.

Fletcher, J.R., Esau, S.P. and B.R. MacIntosh. 2009. Economy of running: beyond the measurement of oxygen uptake. J Appl Physiol. 107:19,18-22.

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