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Research interests

My research focuses on how the neuromuscular system powers and controls locomotion in humans and animals, how it changes with age and injury, and ways in which its performance can be enhanced through training and technology.  This research is multidisciplinary in nature and has applications in many spheres of medicine, physiotherapy, veterinary, sports science and engineering.  Specific current projects include:

Understanding muscle-tendon interaction and motor control in demanding dynamic tasks to prevent injury

Changes in muscle architecture, mechanics and recruitment with age

Technologies to assist in the rehbilitation of musculoskeletal injuries

Preventing long term complications of lower limb amputation

Education/Academic qualification

Anatomy and Biomechanics, Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Veterinary College University of London

1 Oct 199710 Dec 2000

Award Date: 10 Jan 2001

Zoology, Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

1 Oct 19941 Jul 1997

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Research Output

Exercise Snacking to Improve Muscle Function in Healthy Older Adults: A Pilot Study

Perkin, O. J., McGuigan, P. M. & Stokes, K. A., 3 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Aging Research. 2019, p. 1-9 9 p., 7516939.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Predicting ambulatory energy expenditure in lower limb amputees using multi-sensor methods

Ladlow, P., Nightingale, T. E., Polly McGuigan, M., Bennett, A. N., Phillip, R. D. & Bilzon, J. L. J., 31 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 1, p. 1-18 18 p., e0209249.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The use of a prototype powered ankle prosthesis improves clinical outcomes of walking on level and inclined surfaces

McGuigan, M., Seminati, E., Yu, T., Iravani, P., Bhatti, J., McGrath, M., Zahedi, S. & Moser, D., Apr 2019, (Acceptance date).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Habitual physical activity levels do not predict leg strength and power in healthy, active older adults

Perkin, O., McGuigan, M., Thompson, D. & Stokes, K., 2 Jul 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 7, p. 1-12 12 p., e0200089.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    Investigation To Enhance Load Monitoring For Resistance Training Exercises

    Author: Hull, T., 1 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: Salo, A. (Supervisor) & McGuigan, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


    The role of physical activity in maintaining muscle health in healthy older adults

    Author: Perkin, O., 2018

    Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor), McGuigan, M. (Supervisor) & Thompson, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Water immersion in athlete recovery: a multi-disciplinary approach to informing practice

    Author: Moore, S., 29 Feb 2012

    Supervisor: Thompson, D. (Supervisor) & McGuigan, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)