Angelo Belcastro



Locations / Contact Info:

333 Norman Bethune College - BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-5403

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD -
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Selected Publications

  • Enns, D., T. Raastad, I. Ugelstad and A. N. Belcastro. Calpain/Calpastatin activities and substrate depletion patterns during hind-limb unweighting and reweighting in skeletal muscle. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 100(4): 454-456, 2007.

  • Raastad,T., S.G. Owe, G. Paulsen, D. Enns, K Overgaard, R, Crameri, S. Kiil, A.N. Belcastro, L. Bergersen, J. Hallen. Changes in calpain activity, muscle structure, and function after eccentric exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 42(1): 86-95, 2010.

  • Belcastro, A.N., K.S. Morrison, E. Hicks, H. Matta. Cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses associated with children’s physical activity during self-paced games. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. 90:1269-1276, 2012.

  • Belcastro, A.N., D.M.Mofidi, Y. Amedhi and A. Moghaddasazdeh. Correlates of Psychosocial Health-related Quality of Life Measures for Normal Weight and Obese Children Participating in an Active Play Program. J Child Adoles Behaviour. 3 (5): 1-6, 2015.

  • Ljubicic, V., A.N. Belcastro, B.J. Gurd, D.R. Joanisse, A. Safdar, L.D. Tryon, D.A.Hood. A 50th Anniversary Celebratin of CSEP Member Contributions to the Understanding of Exercise Physiology: A Focus on Molecular Biology Approaches. CSEP Newsletter (2016).

  • Moghaddaszadeh A, Jamnik V, Belcastro AN. Characteristics of children’s physical activity during active play. Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness 2018; 58(4): 369-376.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated

Current Research

One of my research areas focuses on understanding the ‘dose-response’ interaction underlying children’s physical activity/exercise patterns on the improvements in children’s body composition (fat mass and fat-free mass), muscular strength and power, cardiovascular/cardiorespiratory fitness, and developmental aspects of fundamental motor skills (FMS).

A second research focus is on understanding the cellular basis of muscle organelle (myogibrils; sarcoplasmic recticulum) assembly and dissassembly processes - calpain proteases, target proteins and cleavage sites.