Stuart graduated from Bath University in 2006 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. It was through this degree that he ignited his passion for biomechanics. Stuart started his PhD at Brunel University whilst taking a part-time lecturing position within the London Sport Institute at Middlesex University. In 2009, Stuart became accepted a full-time lecturing position, before gaining accelerated promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2012. Stuart's PhD, which was funded by the Headley Court Trust at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, is based on musculoskeletal modeling, with an application in examining the use of the Tibialis Anterior in gait under different conditions. Outside of his PhD, Stuart ha been involved in a wide range of research, allowing me to gain a deep understanding in a broad array of topics linked to understanding human movement.
Recent Selected Peer Reviewed Publications
Blazevich, A.J., Cannavan, D., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Miller, S.C. & Kay, A.D. Neuromuscular factors influencing the maximum stretch limit of the human plantar flexors. Journal of Applied Physiology. In Press (JAPPL-00882-2012R1)
Stewart P. F., Turner, A. N., & Miller, S. C. (2012) Reliability, factorial validity and interrelationships of five commonly used change of direction speed tests.Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. In Press
Fath, F., Blazevich, A. J., Waugh, C. M., Miller, S. C., & Korff, T. (2012). Interactive effects of joint angle, contraction state and method on estimates of Achilles tendon moment arms. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. In Press.
Blazevich, A. J., Kay, A. D., Waugh, C. M., Fath, F., Miller, S., & Cannavan, D. (2011). Plantarflexor stretch training increases reciprocal inhibition measured during voluntary dorsiflexion.Journal of Neurophysiology, 107(1), 250-256.
Fath, F., Blazevich, A. J., Waugh, C. M., Miller, S. C., & Korff, T. (2010). Direct comparison of in vivo Achilles tendon moment arms obtained from ultrasound and MR scans. Journal Applied Physiology, 109, 1644-1653.
Turner, A. N., Baker, E., & Miller, S. C. (2011). Increasing the Impact Force of the Rear Hand Punch. Strength & Conditioning Journal. 33(6), 2-9.
Recent Selected Conference Presentations
Miller, S.C., Barker, N., Turner, A.N. (2011). The effects of wearing an upper body compression garment on maximal upper body performance. 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, 6-9 July, Liverpool, UK.
Miller, S., Korff, T., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Blazevich, A.J. (2010). Reliability of the tendon excursion method for estimating tibialis anterior moment arm. 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, 23-26 June, Antalya, Turkey.
Waugh, CM., Fath, F., Miller, SC., Blazevich, AJ., Korff, T. (2010). Can Achilles moment arm be predicted from a single anthropometric measure in prepubescent children?. 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, 23-26 June, Antalya, Turkey.
Fath, F., Blazevich, A., Waugh, C.,Miller, S., Korff, T. (2010). Direct comparison of in vivo Achilles tendon moment arms obtained from ultrasound and. 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, 23-26 June, Antalya, Turkey.
Blazevich, A.J., Cannavan, D., Miller, S., Waugh, C., Fath, F., Kay, T., Thorlund, J.B., Aagaard, P. (2009). Influence of plantarflexor stretch training on fascicle length and strain, H-reflex amplitude and muscle force production. 14th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, 24-27 July, Oslo, Norway.
Stuart's main research interest is in understanding HOW and WHY humans (and animals in general) move how they do. His primary focus is on how the muscle and tendon work efficiently and optimally within body; this allows him to understand, and subsequently improve, a wide range of general (i.e. walking and running) and sport-specific movements. Combined, this helps gain an understanding and knowledge of how movement is controlled, potential mechanisms underlying injuries, optimal rehabilitation strategies, and allows the athlete to be put in their best position, be it through optimal training or improving performance directly within competition. Through this varied research, Stuart has become proficient in using a range of equipment including motion analysis, isokinetic dynamometry, ultrasonography, electromyography, force plates and pressure mats, in addition to a range of physiological measures.