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Associate Professor Stephanie Woodley

PositionAssociate Professor, Associate Dean (Academic), School of Biomedical Sciences
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBPhty MSc PhD(Otago)
Research summaryClinical and functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
Teaching
  • Physiotherapy – undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Science – third- and fourth-year students
  • Health professional workshops (clinical anatomy)
Memberships
  • 2019–present: Editor, New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy (committee member since 2005)
  • 2018–present: Member, Otago Medical Research Foundation, Scientific Committee
  • 2015–present: Treasurer, Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)
  • 2015–present: Associate Editor, Clinical Anatomy
  • 2014–present: Member, Otago Medical School Research Society
  • 2011–present: Council member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA), elected position
  • 2009–present: Managing Trustee, Otago Southland Physiotherapy Trust
ClinicalPhysiotherapy

Research

My research is within the field of clinical anatomy, with my main area of interest being musculoskeletal anatomy, particularly of the hip, pelvic and hamstring regions. I have a professional background in physiotherapy, and endeavour to produce applied research that is relevant to clinical practice. Much of my work is focused on exploring the morphology and function of musculoskeletal structures, using a combination of traditional (anatomical) approaches such as dissection, histology and immunohistochemistry as well as modern imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.

Publications

Perumal, V., Scholze, M., Hammer, N., Woodley, S., & Nicholson, H. (2019). Load-deformation properties of the ligament of the head of femur in situ. Clinical Anatomy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ca.23492

Stephens, G., O'Neill, S., French, H. P., Fearon, A., Grimaldi, A., O'Connor, L., Woodley, S., & Littlewood, C. (2019). A survey of physiotherapy practice (2018) in the United Kingdom for patients with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.01.004

Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2019). Neurovascular structures of the ligament of the head of femur. Journal of Anatomy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/joa.12979

French, H. P., Grimaldi, A., Woodley, S., O'Connor, L., & Fearon, A. (2019). An international survey of current physiotherapy practice in diagnosis and knowledge translation of greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS). Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.06.002

Bussey, M. D., Aldabe, D., Ribeiro, D. C., Madil, S., Woodley, S., & Hammer, N. (2019). Is pelvic floor dysfunction associated with development of transient low back pain during prolonged standing? A protocol. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women's Health, 12. doi: 10.1177/1179562X19849603

Chapter in Book - Research

Nicholson, H., Woodley, S., & Flack, N. (2016). Gluteal muscles and lateral rotators of the hip. In R. S. Tubbs, M. M. Shoja & M. Loukas (Eds.), Bergman’s comprehensive encyclopedia of human anatomic variation. (pp. 386-409). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

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Journal - Research Article

Perumal, V., Scholze, M., Hammer, N., Woodley, S., & Nicholson, H. (2019). Load-deformation properties of the ligament of the head of femur in situ. Clinical Anatomy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ca.23492

French, H. P., Grimaldi, A., Woodley, S., O'Connor, L., & Fearon, A. (2019). An international survey of current physiotherapy practice in diagnosis and knowledge translation of greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS). Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.06.002

Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2019). Neurovascular structures of the ligament of the head of femur. Journal of Anatomy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/joa.12979

Stephens, G., O'Neill, S., French, H. P., Fearon, A., Grimaldi, A., O'Connor, L., Woodley, S., & Littlewood, C. (2019). A survey of physiotherapy practice (2018) in the United Kingdom for patients with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.01.004

Perumal, V., Techataweewan, N., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2018). Clinical anatomy of the ligament of the head of femur. Clinical Anatomy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ca.23299

Webb, A. L., Green, R. A., & Woodley, S. J. (2018). The development of a core syllabus for teaching musculoskeletal anatomy of the vertebral column and limbs to medical students. Clinical Anatomy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ca.23319

Lube, J., Flack, N. A. M. S., Cotofana, S., Özkurtul, O., Woodley, S. J., Zachow, S., & Hammer, N. (2017). Pelvic and lower extremity physiological cross-sectional areas: An MRI study of the living young and comparison to published research literature. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 39(8), 849-857. doi: 10.1007/s00276-016-1807-6

Woodley, S. J., Boyle, R., Cody, J. D., Mørkved, S., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2017). Pelvic floor muscle training for prevention and treatment of urinary and faecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, CD007471. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007471.pub3

Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2017). The morphology and morphometry of the fovea capitis femoris. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 39(7), 791-798. doi: 10.1007/s00276-016-1810-y

Hedderwick, M., Stringer, M. D., McRedmond, L., Meikle, G. R., & Woodley, S. J. (2017). The oblique popliteal ligament: An anatomic and MRI investigation. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 39(9), 1017-1027. doi: 10.1007/s00276-017-1838-7

Tosovic, D., Muirhead, J. C., Brown, J. M. M., & Woodley, S. J. (2016). Anatomy of the long head of biceps femoris: An ultrasound study. Clinical Anatomy, 29(6), 738-745. doi: 10.1002/ca.22718

Miller, A., Woodley, S. J., & Cornwall, J. (2016). Fibre type composition of female longus capitis and longus colli muscles. Anatomical Science International, 91(2), 163-168. doi: 10.1007/s12565-015-0280-3

Storey, R. N., Meikle, G. R., Stringer, M. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2016). Proximal hamstring morphology and morphometry in men: An anatomic and MRI investigation. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 26(12), 1480-1489. doi: 10.1111/sms.12625

Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2016). Ligament of the head of femur: A comprehensive review of its anatomy, embryology, and potential function. Clinical Anatomy, 29(2), 247-255. doi: 10.1002/ca.22660

Flack, N. A. M. S., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Stringer, M. D., Gray, A. R., & Woodley, S. J. (2015). Adherence, tolerance and effectiveness of two different pelvic support belts as a treatment for pregnancy-related symphyseal pain: A pilot randomized trial. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 15, 36. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0468-5

Arumugam, A., Milosavljevic, S., Woodley, S., & Sole, G. (2015). Effects of external pelvic compression on electromyographic activity of the hamstring muscles during unipedal stance in sportsmen with and without hamstring injuries. Manual Therapy, 20(3), 412-419. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.10.011

Arumugam, A., Milosavljevic, S., Woodley, S., & Sole, G. (2015). The effect of a pelvic compression belt on functional hamstring muscle activity in sportsmen with and without previous hamstring injury. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 10(3), 291-302.

Arumugam, A., Milosavljevic, S., Woodley, S., & Sole, G. (2015). Effects of external pelvic compression on isokinetic strength of the thigh muscles in sportsmen with and without hamstring injuries. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 18(3), 283-288. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.05.009

Fletcher, J. G. R., Stringer, M. D., Briggs, C. A., Davies, T. M., & Woodley, S. J. (2015). CT morphometry of adult thoracic intervertebral discs. European Spine Journal, 24(10), 2321-2329. doi: 10.1007/s00586-015-3925-y

Flack, N. A. M. S., Nicholson, H. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2014). The anatomy of the hip abductor muscles. Clinical Anatomy, 27(2), 241-253. doi: 10.1002/ca.22248

Becker, I., Stringer, M. D., Jeffery, R., & Woodley, S. J. (2014). Sonographic anatomy of the pubic symphysis in healthy nulliparous women. Clinical Anatomy, 27(7), 1058-1067. doi: 10.1002/ca.22423

Woodley, S. J., Latimer, C. P., Meikle, G. R., & Stringer, M. D. (2012). Articularis genus: An anatomic and MRI study in cadavers. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Am), 94(1), 59-67. doi: 10.2106/jbjs.k.00157

Arumugam, A., Milosavljevic, S., Woodley, S., & Sole, G. (2012). Can application of a pelvic belt change injured hamstring muscle activity? Medical Hypotheses, 78(2), 277-282. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.10.045

Flack, N. A. M. S., Meikle, G. R., Reddy, M., Nicholson, H. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2012). Hip abductor muscle volume in women with lateral hip pain: A case-controlled study. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 34(9), 847-855. doi: 10.1007/s00276-012-0970-7

Davis, J. A., Stringer, M. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2012). New insights into the proximal tendons of adductor longus, adductor brevis and gracilis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46(12), 871-876. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2011-090044

Storey, R. N., Stringer, M. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2012). Site of acute hamstring strains and activities associated with injury: A systematic review. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(2), 36-42.

Arumugam, A., Milosavljevic, S., Woodley, S., & Sole, G. (2012). Effects of external pelvic compression on form closure, force closure, and neuromotor control of the lumbopelvic spine: A systematic review. Manual Therapy, 17(4), 275-284. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.01.010

Arumugam, A., Milosavljevic, S., Woodley, S., & Sole, G. (2012). Evaluation of changes in pelvic belt tension during 2 weight-bearing functional tasks. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, 35(5), 390-395. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2012.04.019

Flack, N. A. M. S., Nicholson, H. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2012). A review of the anatomy of the hip abductor muscles, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fascia lata. Clinical Anatomy, 25(6), 697-708. doi: 10.1002/ca.22004

Becker, I., Woodley, S. J., & Stringer, M. D. (2010). The adult human pubic symphysis: A systematic review. Journal of Anatomy, 217, 475-487. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2010.01300.x

Becker, I., Baxter, G. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2010). The vastus lateralis muscle: An anatomical investigation. Clinical Anatomy, 23, 575-585. doi: 10.1002/ca.20974

Becker, I., Woodley, S. J., & Baxter, G. D. (2009). Gross morphology of the vastus lateralis muscle: An anatomical review. Clinical Anatomy, 22(4), 436-450. doi: 10.1002/ca.20792

Woodley, S. J., Nicholson, H. D., Livingstone, V., Doyle, T. C., Meikle, G. R., Macintosh, J. E., & Mercer, S. R. (2008). Lateral hip pain: Findings from magnetic resonance imaging and clinical examination. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 38(6), 313-328. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2008.2685

Woodley, S. J., Mercer, S. R., & Nicholson, H. D. (2008). Morphology of the bursae associated with the greater trochanter of the femur. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Am), 90(2), 284-294. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.G.00257

Woodley, S. J., Duxson, M. J., & Mercer, S. R. (2007). Preliminary observations on the microarchitecture of the human abdominal muscles. Clinical Anatomy, 20, 808-813.

Woodley, S. J., & Mercer, S. R. (2005). Hamstring muscles: Architecture and innervation. Cells Tissues Organs, 179, 125-141.

Kennedy, E., Cullen, B., Abbott, J. H., Woodley, S., & Mercer, S. R. (2004). Palpation of the iliolumbar ligament. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32(2), 76-79.

Woodley, S. J., & Mercer, S. R. (2004). Hamstring strains - where do they occur? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32(1), 22-28.

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Journal - Research Other

Bussey, M. D., Aldabe, D., Ribeiro, D. C., Madil, S., Woodley, S., & Hammer, N. (2019). Is pelvic floor dysfunction associated with development of transient low back pain during prolonged standing? A protocol. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women's Health, 12. doi: 10.1177/1179562X19849603

Aldabe, D., Hammer, N., Flack, N. A. M. S., & Woodley, S. (2019). A systematic review of the morphology and function of the sacrotuberous ligament. Clinical Anatomy, 32(3), 396-407. doi: 10.1002/ca.23328

Semciw, A. I., Pizzari, T., Woodley, S., Zacharias, A., Kingsley, M., & Green, R. A. (2018). Targeted gluteal exercise versus sham exercise on self-reported physical function for people with hip osteoarthritis (the GHOst trial: Gluteal exercise for Hip Osteoarthritis): A protocol for a randomised clinical trial. Trials, 19, 511. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2873-3

Schache, A. G., Woodley, S. J., Schilders, E., Orchard, J. W., & Crossley, K. M. (2017). Anatomical and morphological characteristics may explain why groin pain is more common in male than female athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(7), 554-555. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096945

Kennedy, M. S., Nicholson, H. D., & Woodley, S. J. (2017). Clinical anatomy of the subacromial and related shoulder bursae: A review of the literature. Clinical Anatomy, 30(2), 213-226. doi: 10.1002/ca.22823

Woodley, S. J., & Storey, R. N. (2013). Review of hamstring anatomy [Targeted Topic]. Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal, 2(TT), 432-437.

Woodley, S., & Mercer, S. (2006). Anatomy in practice: the Popliteus muscle. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 34(1), 25-29.

Woodley, S. J., Kennedy, E., & Mercer, S. R. (2005). Anatomy in practice: The sacrotuberous ligament. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 33(3), 91-94.

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