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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

Zoology, Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

1 Oct 19941 Jul 1997

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Projects 2007 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

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., 1 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 1, e0209249.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
strength (mechanics)
physical activity
4 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of anatomical placement of an accelerometer on prediction of physical activity energy expenditure in lower-limb amputees

Ladlow, P., Nightingale, T., McGuigan, M., Bennett, A. N., Phillip, R. & Bilzon, J., 5 Oct 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 10, 15 p., e0185731.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
limbs (animal)
energy expenditure
physical activity


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)