Cleveland Barnett

Cleveland Barnett

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr. Barnett is a member of academic staff within the Department of Sport Science in the School of Science and Technology. Dr Barnett teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of biomechanics and is currently the module leader of:

  • Biomechanics of Optimal Performance (SPOR40291)
  • Principles of Biomechanics (SPOR10042)

Teaching contributions also include Experimental Biomechanics (SPOR20042), Applied Biomechanics (SPOR30042) as well as leading the Department of Sport Science’s Course Tutorial system.

Dr Barnett conducts research as part of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group within the Biomedical, Life and Health Sciences Research Centre.

Career overview

Dr. Barnett is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Department of Sport Science. He was awarded his Ph.D from the University of Hull having completed his undergraduate studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to joining NTU, Dr. Barnett was a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Faculty of Science at the University of Hull.

Research areas

Research conducted by Dr. Barnett has centred upon understanding the adaptations, control strategies and fundamental functioning of gait, balance and postural control. A particular focus at present is on lower limb amputation.

Dr. Barnett has numerous publications in this area and has presented his research at a range of national and international research conferences.

Current Ph.D students:

  • Miss. Olivia Brown: ‘Biomechanical risk factors and reduced bone health in lower limb amputees’.
  • Mr. Andrew Brooke: ‘Optimising the biomechanics of the cycling time trial position’.
  • Miss. Maria Bisele: ‘Developing novel quantitative methods for the assessment of lower limb amputee gait biomechanics’.
  • Mrs. Rebecca Jones: ‘Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on exercise performance, mechanical, and functional ability'.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist, and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Dr Barnett is a member of the International Society for Prosthetucs and Orthotics, and the International Society of Biomechanics.  He is also a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journal publications including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gait and Posture, Medical Engineering and Physics, and Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Dr Barnett is a member of the School of Science and Technology Non-Invasive Research Ethics Committee and the Department of Sport Science Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.

Sponsors and collaborators

Research is currently being conducted with the funding and/or support of:

NTU Collaborators:

  • Dr Martin Bencsik
  • Dr Martin Lewis
  • Professor Craig Sale

External Collaborators:

  • Dr John Buckley - University of Bradford, UK
  • Dr Alan De Asha - C-Motion, Inc.
  • Dr David Rusaw - Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Dr Gerda Strutzenberger - University of Salzburg
  • Dr Natalie Vanicek - University of Hull, UK


Longitudinal changes in transtibial amputee gait characteristics when negotiating a change in surface height during continuous gait. Barnett CT, Polman RCJ and Vanicek N, Clinical Biomechanics, 2014, 29 (7), 787-93

Longitudinal kinematic and kinetic adaptations to obstacle crossing in recent lower limb amputees. Barnett CT, Vanicek N. and Polman RCJ, Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 2014, 38 (6), 437-446 (online first 2013)

Temporal adaptations in generic and population-specific quality of life and falls efficacy in men with recent lower-limb amputations. Barnett CT, Vanicek N and Polman RCJ, Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 2013, 50 (3), 437-448

Postural responses during volitional and perturbed dynamic balance tasks in new lower limb amputees: A longitudinal study. Barnett C, Vaniek N and Polman R, Gait and Posture, 2013, 37 (3), 319-325

Hull early walking aid for rehabilitation of transtibial amputees - randomised control trial (HEART). Barnett C, Mazari FAK, Khan JA, Mockford K et al, Journal of Vascular Surgery, 2010, 52 (6), 1564-1571

Kinematic gait adaptations in unilateral transtibial amputees during rehabilitation. Barnett C, Janicek N, Hancock A, Polam R et al, Prosthetics And Orthotics International, 2009, 33 (2), 135-147

Gait adaptations in unilateral transtibial amputees during rehabilitation. Barnett C, Vaniek N, Polman R, Hancock A, Brown B, Smith L and Chetter I, Gait And Posture, 2009, 33 (2), 135-147

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Press expertise

  • Gait analysis
  • Balance and lower limb amputees
  • Falls related to balance and postural control
  • Prosthetics related to lower limb amputation, rehabilitation, and re-learning movement