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Dr Sam Stuart

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation


  • Neurosciences PhD September 01 2016
  • Physiotherapy MSc December 21 2012
  • Sports Science BSc (Hons) June 05 2009

Key Publications

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  • The Sensor Technology and Rehabilitative Timing (START) Protocol, Parrington, L., Jehu, D., Fino, P., Stuart, S., Wilhelm, J., Pettigrew, N., Murchison, C., El-Gohary, M., VanDerwalker, J., Pearson, S., Hullar, T., Chesnutt, J., Peterka, R., Horak, F., King, L. 17 Jan 2020, In: Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture for whiplash associated disorder following a road traffic collision: a physiotherapy service evaluation, Stuart, S., Armstrong, M., Sewell, J., Dixon, C., Morris, R. 17 Dec 2019, In: Acupuncture in Medicine
  • Analysis of free-living mobility in people with mild traumatic brain injury and healthy controls: quality over quantity, Stuart, S., Parrington, L., Martini, D., Kreter, N., Chesnutt, J., Fino, P., King, L. 26 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Neurotrauma
  • Anatomical distribution of musculoskeletal disorders following a road traffic collision in litigants presenting to physiotherapists within a private-clinic in North-East England, Sewell, J., Dixon, C., Morris, R., Stuart, S. 2 Sep 2019, In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
  • Eye-tracker algorithms to detect saccades during static and dynamic tasks, Stuart, S., Hickey, A., Vitório, R., Welman, K., Foo, S., Keen, D., Godfrey, A. 25 Feb 2019, In: Physiological Measurement
  • Focus collection on Modern Approaches for Sports Medicine and Performance, Stuart, S., Johnston, W., Caulfield, B., Godfrey, A. 30 Sep 2019, In: Physiological Measurement
  • Gait measurement in chronic mild traumatic brain injury, Stuart, S., Parrington, L., Morris, R., Martini, D., Fino, P., King, L. 26 Nov 2019, In: Human Movement Science
  • Inertial sensors reveal subtle motor deficits when walking with horizontal head turns after concussion, Fino, P., Wilhelm, J., Parrington, L., Stuart, S., Chesnutt, J., King, L. 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  • Inertial wearables as pragmatic tools in dementia, Godfrey, A., Brodie, M., van Schooten, K., Nouredanesh, M., Stuart, S., Robinson, L. 1 Sep 2019, In: Maturitas
  • Introducing the thematic series on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for motor rehabilitation: on the way to optimal clinical use, Vitório, R., Stuart, S., Charvet, L., Godfrey, A. 4 Mar 2019, In: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My overall research goal is to improve mobility and functional capabilities through understanding the relationships between sensory, cognitive, gait and balance features in those with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease or mild traumatic brain injury. My research uses a variety of techniques to untangle the complex interactions between these features, such as mobile devices capable of monitoring physiological responses while walking (e.g. eye-tracker, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG)) simultaneously with laboratory measures (e.g. 3D motion capture, walking mat systems) and body worn sensors to monitor movement (e.g. inertial sensors, electromyography). These innovative techniques, combined with visual and neuro cognitive batteries, allow for the examination of relationships between sensory, cognitive and motor task performance. This approach allows investigation of clinically applied assessments and interventions, which can help to understand and develop novel treatment possibilities both within clinic and free-living.


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