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22nd June 2015

A review of Wickham J, Pizzari T, Balster S, Ganderton C, Watson L. 2014 The variable role of the upper and lower subscapularis during shoulder motion

Hanging in the Balance (2)

20th May 2015

Perceptions, Practice and Movement Analysis in Elite Football

Hanging in the Balance (1)

13th May 2015

Will muscle imbalance move on in elite football (part 1)

Jump Landing: how we move matters

14th April 2015

New research highlights different movement strategies at the hip and knee

Movement Control Tests

15th January 2015

It's not only about low threshold tests

Hamstring recruitment variability

29th December 2014

Is different in athletes with a history of hamstring injury

Changes in proximal movement influences knee pain

10th June 2014

Latest research from BJSM

The importance of low threshold testing in patellofemoral pain

21st May 2014

What the evidence says

Measuring lateral trunk motion in single leg squat and the single leg drop vertical jump

19th May 2014

The usefulness, efficacy and clinical relevance

New research looking at effect of movement correction

30th April 2014

on lower leg alignment and knee pain

Gluteus Maximus

13th February 2014

 and Evidence for its Multitasking Functional Role

Core Stability

10th February 2014

Is it time we moved on?


Observation of single leg squat - kinematics and EMG

13th January 2014

What happens in healthy women

Compensatory Movements Observed in Hip Pain

20th December 2013

Femoroacteabular impingement and movement impairments

Glut function changes in runners with achilles tendinopathy

4th November 2013

Changes seen in the gluts of runners with achilles tendinopathy

EMG study on 3 weight-bearing exercises

27th October 2013

EMG measurements support the use of the "wall push" in particular, for targeting the Posterior Gluteus Medius / free access paper

Low demand activities only not enough for Movement Screens

27th October 2013

New research shows different movement behavior with load and speed

The Value of Eccentric Training

2nd October 2013

Free access paper on neuromuscular adaptation from Int J Sports Med

More evidence / motor control retraining and effect

1st October 2013

Changes in muscle size predictive of lower limb injury in this study.

Full analysis of  all movement faults is the key!

Injury Prevention in Youth Athletes

25th July 2013

Injury risk: Different in team and individual youth sport

Elite Athletes and The Performance Matrix

18th July 2013

Pain management is just not enough

Single leg squats are good for gluts

11th July 2013

Asymetrical exercise to target the gluts

Movement faults in novice runners

3rd July 2013

New paper online identifying uncontrolled hip flexion

Therapeutic Exercise helps neck pain

17th May 2013

Latest review in Physical Therapy

Movement Injury and Reduction of Injury Risk

14th May 2013

Article in this months REPs Journal by Lincoln Blandford & Mark Comerford

Adding to the hamstring puzzle

2nd May 2013

Movement assesssment results correlate with a history of hamstring injury

Hamstring injuries

24th April 2013

Is a new approach needed?

Improving core control can improve throwing velocity

14th April 2013

Training in female handball players

Identifying uncontrolled movement

25th March 2013

The pressure biofeedback unit is useful for evaluating uncontrolled movement in the low back

Movement Screening; a film or a photo?

13th March 2013

Read the Ultra-FIT article written by our very own Performance Matrix tutor and consultant Lincoln Blandford.

Gluts control and knee pain are linked

23rd February 2013

Deficits in glut med associated with patellofemoral pain syndrome

Scapular focused management of shoulder pain

15th February 2013

Effect of scapular-focused motor control training in people with shoulder impingement 

Core stability vs Core Control

31st January 2013

2 articles questioning the effectiveness of core stability training. Are we missing the key?

Reliability of movement control tests

24th January 2013

Inter- and intra-observer reliability of clinical movement-control tests for marines Andreas Monnier1, Joachim Heuer, Kjell Norman and Björn O Äng BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012, 13:263 doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-263. Available on-line open access

Clinical tests that emphasize movement control for back and hip had moderate-to-almost-perfect inter-observer reliability, indicating that these tests are reliable as screening tests using several observers with marines.

Week 7 Article review

24th January 2013

Localised resistance selectively activates the semispinalis cervicis muscle in patients with neck pain. Schomacher J, Petzke F, Falla D. S Man Ther. 2012 

Can we facilitate this muscle?

Does pain change the brain?

17th January 2013

What happens to the motor brain in young adults with recurrent low back pain?

Motor Control Impairments in Dancers - the need for movement assessment

13th January 2013

Motor control impairments are identified in dancers with a history of low back pain. Dancers who fail tests of motor control are associated with an increased risk of developing lower extremities or lumbar spine injuries in dancers (see abstracts).  Movement control assessment and retraining is not only necessary to manage symptoms but also to decrease the risk of onset of symptoms. We are working on a Movement and Performance Screen specifically for dancers - The Dance Matrix - available later this year see

Movement control and low back pain in dancers

13th January 2013

This year we plan to post an article relevant to the assessment and management of uncontrolled movement each week.

For week 1 & 2 see our post on movement control in dancers. 50 more to follow this year!


The Pressure Biofeedback Unit for Testing of Low Back Core Control

16th October 2012

These are a series of tests that use a pressure biofeedback unit (PBU) to objectively monitor the ability to maintain a neutral core under different loading challenges and so evaluate CORE CONTROL. They provide information about what load the core can safely strength train with. If core strength is poor, then maximum load strength training may result in tissue overload and increased injury risk. 

Follow part 1,2 and 3 on this blog

Measuring core control with the PBU part 2

16th October 2012

Part 2 in the series: The Pressure Biofeedback Unit for Evaluating Core Control

Measuring core control with the PBU part 3

16th October 2012

Part 3 in the series: The Pressure Biofeedback Unit for Evaluating Core Control

New Publication: Scapular Motor Control Training

14th October 2012

This study aimed to quantify the clinical, neurophysiological, and biomechanical effects of a scapular motor control retraining for young individuals with shoulder impingement signs

Changing the way we move

21st August 2012

Mark Comerford discusses some of the factors that we look at when trying to identify uncontrolled movement.

Core control analysis helps coaches develop technique improvements

1st August 2012

Mark Comerford and Geoff McKinnon explore technique improvement in elite hurdle performance with movement control analysis and retraining.

Incidence and risk for traumatic and overuse injuries in top-level road cyclists

6th June 2012

New Publication in Journal of Sport Science available online

Single case study in Sport & Medicine

14th February 2012

Cognitive functional therapy intervention including biofeedback for LBP during cycling in Sport & Medicine October 2011 (4) 20 – 25

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