Head of Department of Sport Science
Professor in Neuromuscular Physiology
Prior to joining NTU in October 2021 I was Professor of Neuromuscular Physiology and Associate Dean of Research for The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling. I was at The University of Stirling since 2002 before which I received my Doctoral degree from University of Cape Town (foreign scholarship), in the Physiology of Exercise examining various manipulations on neural fatigue. My research focuses on understanding how the brain recruits muscle within different populations and within different conditions. This research spans understanding of elite athletic performance, sport concussion to Non Communicable Diseases of South African township populations.
Current research focuses on neuromuscular regulation in clinical and athletic populations. This has involved establishing neuromuscular recruitment strategies in people with Multiple Sclerosis and examining Non Communicable Diseases in South African Townships. Similar neuromuscular tests funded by sportscotland institute of sport have also been used on elite athletes to inform coaches of athlete muscle status in preparation for competition. Research also includes examining the effects of sub concussive impacts to the head on brain to muscle signalling. Commercial based work has led to research on topical medicines for treating soft tissue injury and developing youth soccer talent with Innovate UK funding. Many of these areas of work are continuing with some in collaboration with Universities of Northumbria, Cape Town, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Most of these collaborations have resulted in publication of peer reviewed academic journal papers.
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