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Prof Nick Caplan

Head of Department

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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Nick graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2005 with a PhD in Biomechanics. He subsequently joined Northumbria University where he is now Professor of Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Nick works with a range of collaborators from around the world in research relating to aspects of musculoskeletal dysfunction.  Most notably, he has worked closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2009 due to the relevance of deep spinal muscle deconditioning to astronaut rehabilitation.  As a result of this collaboration, Nick has acted as an advisor to ESA in relation to exercise after spaceflight.

Nick is an Executive Board member of the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association, where he chairs a steering group developing a national strategy for space biomedicine related to ageing.  He is also an editorial board member of the journal Sports Engineering, Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology, and the World Journal of Orthopaedics, and is Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma.

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Campus Address

Room 240
Northumberland Building


Qualifications

  • Sports Science PhD December 01 2005
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL September 15 2005
  • Sports Science BSc (Hons) September 01 1999
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2007
  • Professional Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2005

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Nick graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Biomechanics. He subsequently joined Northumbria University where he is now Professor of Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation and Head of Department for the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. He also leads the Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory.

 

Throughout his academic career, Nick’s research has been underpinned by a strong background in the biomechanics of human movement, and the interaction between the human body and the external environment.  Since 2008, his research has focused on the development and evaluation of rehabilitative interventions for joint and postural instability. This overarching theme is underpinned by research looking at exercise rehabilitation strategies to restore spinal/postural stability as a result of muscular deconditioning in both patients and as a result of microgravity exposure. 

 

Nick works with a range of collaborators from around the world in research relating to aspects of musculoskeletal deconditioning.  Most notably, he has worked closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2009 due to the relevance of deep spinal muscle deconditioning to astronaut rehabilitation.  As a result of this collaboration, Nick has acted as an advisor to ESA in relation to exercise after spaceflight.  Nick has led a number of high profile research studies with NASA and ESA in simulated reduced gravity environments including long duration bedrest and parabolic flights on the Zero-G plane.

Nick is a former Executive Board member of the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association and has contributed to the UK Space Environment Working Group, advising the UK Space Agency on UK space life sciences.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Fatigue Induced Changes in Muscle Strength and Gait Following Two Different Intensity, Energy Expenditure Matched Runs, Riazati, S., Caplan, N., Matabuena, M., Hayes, P. 22 Apr 2020, In: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Hypogravity reduces trunk admittance and lumbar muscle activation in response to external perturbations, De Martino, E., Salomoni, S., Winnard, A., McCarty, K., Lindsay, K., Riazati, S., Weber, T., Scott, J., Green, D., Hides, J., Debuse, D., Hodges, P., Van Dieën, J., Caplan, N. Apr 2020, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Systematic review of the technical and physiological constraints of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle that affect the capability of astronauts to exercise effectively during spaceflight, Laws, J., Caplan, N., Bruce-Martin, C., McGrogan, C., Lindsay, K., Wild, B., Debuse, D., Wotring, V., Winnard, A. 1 May 2020, In: Acta Astronautica
  • A Comparison of Exercise Interventions from Bed Rest Studies for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Loss, Konda, N., Karri, R., Winnard, A., Nasser, M., Evetts, S., Boudreau, E., Caplan, N., Gradwell, D., Velho, R. 8 May 2019, In: npj Microgravity
  • Effect of time on biomechanics during exercise on the functional re-adaptive exercise device, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Wilkinson, M., Parmar, A., Schuren, T., Caplan, N. 17 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Effect of time on human muscle outcomes during simulated microgravity exposure without countermeasures – systematic review, Winnard, A., Scott, J., Waters, N., Vance, M., Caplan, N. 16 Aug 2019, In: Frontiers in Physiology
  • The number of strides required for treadmill running gait analysis is unaffected by either speed or run duration, Riazati, S., Caplan, N., Hayes, P. 3 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Biomechanics
  • Changes in health-related quality of life (EQ-5D) dimensions associated with community-based musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Caplan, N., Robson, H., Robson, A., Kelly, M., Wilkes, G. 1 Sep 2018, In: Quality of Life Research
  • Countermeasure Development for Lumbopelvic Deconditioning in Space, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Caplan, N. 30 May 2018, Into Space, InTech
  • Functional behaviour of spinal muscles after training with an exercise device developed to recruit and train postural muscles, Weber, T., Salomoni, S., Debuse, D., Hug, F., Caplan, N., De Martino, E., Scott, J., Hides, J., Hodges, P. Oct 2018, In: Gait and Posture

PGR Supervision

  • Claire Bruce Existing, Experienced and Informed Realities of Sport Coaching through Transformational Leadership Start: 16/09/2016
  • Michael Kelly A mixed methods investigation into the Barriers and Facilitators of Exercise Referral Scheme adherence: implications for enhancing participant experience. Start: 01/02/2015
  • Kirsty Lindsay Investigating the Effects of the Functional Re-Adaptive Exercise Device as an Intervention for Lumbopelvic Muscle Reconditioning in Astronaut and Terrestrial Populations Start: 17/03/2017


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