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Knee Injury Control and Clinical Advancement

The mission of this cluster is to perform clinically meaningful research and dissemination activities that positively impact phases of the knee injury control process for athletes of all standards.

The Knee Injury Control and Clinical Advancement cluster has several aims:

  • To perform original research activities relevant to phases of the knee injury control process (first-time injury prevention, acute care, rehabilitation)
  • To perform original research activities that generate data and information that can be rapidly applied to advance clinical practice in knee injury control
  • To perform dissemination activities that effectively translate original research findings to clinical practice across the phases of knee injury control
  • To encourage and develop a multi-disciplinary approach to research and applied clinical practice in knee injury control
  • To identify and develop external multi-disciplinary collaborations for advancing clinical practice in knee injury control

Current research projects

  • Sensorimotor, biomechanical, and performance characteristics relevant to knee injury control in adult netball players
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal, sensorimotor, biomechanical, and performance characteristics following knee injury and surgery
  • Effects of functional fatigue on knee proprioception and knee biomechanics
  • Functional and dynamic balance performance in uninjured adult male and female games players
  • Change-of-direction and isokinetic muscle performance in uninjured adult male and female games players
  • Biomechanical analyses of knee injury prevention and rehabilitation exercises
  • Reporting of acute programme variables and exercise descriptors in rehabilitation strength training for tibiofemoral joint soft tissue injury (  PROSPERO registration)

Membership


PhD students

All research degree students at St Mary’s are part of the Doctoral College. If you would like to discuss your proposal please email  conor.gissane@stmarys.ac.uk.


Selected publications

      • Sell T.C., Clark N.C., Abt J.P., Lovalekar M., Lephart S.M. (2016) Isokinetic Strength of Fully Operational U.S. Navy SEALs with a Previous History of Shoulder and Knee Injury. Isokinetics and Exercise Science. 24, 349-356.
      • Treleaven J., Röijezon U., Clark N.C. (2016) Proprioception in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Manual Therapy. 25, 5, e13-e14.
      • Clark N.C., Akins J.A., Heebner N.H., Sell T.C., Abt J.P., Lovalekar M., Lephart S.M. (2016) Reliability and Measurement Precision of Concentric-to-Isometric and Eccentric-to-Isometric Knee Active Joint Position Sense Tests in Uninjured Physically Active Adults. Physical Therapy in Sport. 18, 38-45.
      • Clark, N.C. (2015) The Role of Physiotherapy in Rehabilitation of Soft Tissue Injuries of the Knee. Orthopaedics and Trauma. 29, 1, 48-56.
      • Parr J.J., Clark N.C., Abt J.P., Kresta J.Y., Keenan, K.A., Kane S.F., Lephart S.M. (2015) Residual Impact of Previous Injury on Musculoskeletal Characteristics in Special Forces Operators. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 13, 11.
      • Clark N.C., Röijezon U., Treleaven J. (2015) Masterclass: Proprioception in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Part 2. Clinical Assessment and Intervention. Manual Therapy. 20. 3, 378-387.
      • Röijezon U., Clark N.C., Treleaven J. (2015) Masterclass: Proprioception in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Part 1. Basic Science and Principles of Assessment and Clinical Intervention. Manual Therapy. 20, 3, 368-377.
      • Clark N.C., Lephart S.M. (2015) Management of the Sensorimotor System. Chapter 32.3. The Lower Limb. In- Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. 4th Edition. (Ed- G. Jull, A. Moore, D. Falla, J. Lewis, C. McCarthy, M. Sterling). Elsevier. London, UK.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Clark N.C., Davies S.C., Reilly L.J. (2017) Sex Differences in Lower Limb Motor Performance Relevant to Knee Injury Control. International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference (ISSSMC). September 5-7, 2017. Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK.
  • Goff A.J., Page W.S., Clark N.C. (2017) Reporting of Acute Programme Variables in Rehabilitation Strength Training for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Systematic Review. International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference (ISSSMC). September 5-7, 2017. Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK.
  • Clark N.C., Reilly L.J., Davies S.C. (2017) Reliability and Measurement Precision of Right and Left 1RM Single-Leg Leg Press, Knee Flexion, and Knee Extension Strength Tests in Uninjured Adult Agility-Sport Athletes: Clinical Implications of Between-Limb Measurements in Knee Injury Control. International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference (ISSSMC). September 5-7, 2017. Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK.
  • Clark, N.C. (2017) Soldier Strength Training: Injury Control Concepts and Tactical Applications. Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) Commandant’s Annual Conference. Aldershot, UK.
  • Clark N.C. (2017) Proprioception Measurement in Knee Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Where Existing Tests are Failing and Why We’re Missing the Target. International Olympic Committee - IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. March 16-18, 2017. Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
  • Clark N.C., Rolleston M.J. (2017) The Effect of Functional Fatigue on Knee Force Sense in Uninjured Adult Male Football Players. International Olympic Committee - IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. March 16-18, 2017. Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
  • Clark N.C., Rolleston M.J. (2017) Reliability, Precision of Measurement and Minimal Detectable Difference of Right and Left Knee Extension Force Sense Measurement in Uninjured Adult Male Football Players. International Olympic Committee - IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. March 16-18, 2017. Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
  • Clark, N.C. (2016) Principles and Practice of Manual Therapy for Sensorimotor Control of Knee Functional Joint Stability after Acute Knee Injury and Surgery. Lower Limb Update and Annual General Meeting. Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). King’s College London. London, UK.
  • Clark, N.C. (2016) Proprioception and Neuromuscular Control in Sensorimotor Control of Functional Joint Stability: Basic Theory and Exercise Interventions. 1st Annual Physiotherapy Congress. Escola Superior de Saúde do Vale do Sousa (University of Health Sciences of the Sousa Valley). Gandra, Portugal.
  • Mullally E.M., King C.M., Davies S.C., Mooney A.M., Clark N.C. (2016) Prevalence and Range of Pre-Season Clinically Significant Lower Limb Motor-Performance Asymmetries in an Adult Netball Club. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference. November 29-30, 2016. Nottingham, England, UK.
  • Mullally E.M., King C.M., Davies S.C., Mooney A.M., Clark N.C. (2016) Pre-Season Motor Performance Relevant to Knee Injury Control in an English Adult Netball Club: A Descriptive Study. International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference (ISSSMC). August 31-September 2, 2016. Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK.
  • Treleaven J., Röijezon U., Clark N.C. (2016) Focused Symposium: Proprioception in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) Conference. July 4-8, 2016. Glasgow, Scotland, UK.