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Rob Moran

Thesis title

Musculoskeletal injury aetiology in high intensity strength and conditioning athletes

Area of study

  • Functional movement screening
  • Musculoskeletal injury aetiology, epidemiology, prediction and prevention
  • High-intensity strength and conditioning, CrossFit
  • Relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic factors in musculoskeletal injury causation
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Supervisors

Prof S. John Sullivan, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)

Prof Anthony Schneiders, Central Queensland University

Education background

  • 1994 BSc: Bachelor of Science in human physiology, University of Auckland
  • 1997 BSc(ClinSci): Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences), Victoria University, Melbourne
  • 1999 MHSc(Osteo): Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), Victoria University, Melbourne
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Publications

Hanson, GC., Jones, B., Bacon, CJ., & Moran, RW. (2015). Exploration of clinical changes following a novel mobilisation technique for treatment of chronic low back pain: A single cohort design. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, (Accepted in Press) doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2015.12.004

Mitchell, A. J., Bacon, C. J., & Moran, R. W. (2016). Reliability and Determinants of Self-Evaluation of Breathing Questionnaire (SEBQ) Score: A Symptoms-Based Measure of Dysfunctional Breathing. Applied Biofeedback and Psychophysiology, 41(1):111-120. doi:10.1007/s10484-015-9316-7

Vaughan, B., Moran, RW., Tehan, P., Fryer, G., Holmes, M., Vogel, S., & Taylor, A. (2016). Manual therapy and cervical artery dysfunction: identification of potential risk factors in clinical encounters. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (Accepted In Press) doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.01.007

Benjamin, J.G., Bacon, C.J., Verhoeff, W.J., Moran, R.W. (2016) Preliminary development of a complex intervention for osteopathic management of dysfunctional breathing. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (Accepted in Press) doi:10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.04.004

Moore, A., Mannion, J., and Moran, R.W. (2015). The efficacy of surface electromyographic biofeedback assisted stretching for the treatment of chronic low back pain: A case-series. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. 19(1):8-16. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.12.008

Hutchinson, J., Reid, D., Hing, W., & Moran, R. (2015). A survey of the management and classification of patients presenting with neck pain to osteopathic and physiotherapy practices. In 2015 New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association Biennial Scientific Conference - Translating Research into Practice (pp. 19). Christchurch, New Zealand.

Roots, S.A., Niven, E., & Moran, R.W. (2015). Osteopaths’ clinical reasoning during consultation with patients experiencing acute low back pain: A qualitative case study approach. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. (Accepted In Press). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2015.06.003

Moran, R.W., Schneiders, A.G., Major, K.M., & Sullivan, S.J. (2015). How reliable are Functional Movement Screening scores? A systematic review of rater reliability. British Journal of Sports Medicine. (Accepted In Press) doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094913

Lucas, N., Macaskill, P., Irwig, L., Moran, R., Rickards, L., Turner, R., and Bogduk, N. (2013). The reliability of a quality appraisal tool for studies of diagnostic reliability (QAREL). BMC Medical Research Methodology. 13(1) : 111. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-13-111.

Lucas, N., Macaskill, P., Irwig, L., Moran, R.W., and Bogduk, N. (2009) A systematic review of the reliability of physical examination for the diagnosis of myofascial trigger points. Clinical Journal of Pain. 25(1):80-9.

Pownall, P.J, Moran, R.W., and Stewart, A.M. (2008) Consistency of standing and seated posture of asymptomatic male adults over a one-week interval: A digital camera analysis of multiple landmarks. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 11(2):43-51.

Bolton, A., Moran, R.W., and Standen, C. (2007) An investigation into the side of joint cavitation associated with cervical spine manipulation. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 10(4):88-96.

Waugh, J.L., Moran, R.W., and Standen, C. (2007) An observational study of motion induced in the lumbar-pelvic complex during ‘harmonic’ technique: A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 10(2-3):65-79.

Milnes, K., Moran, R.W. (2007) Physiological effects of a CV4 cranial osteopathic technique on autonomic nervous system function: A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 10(1):8-17.

Young, R., Gutnik, B., Moran, R.W., and Thomson, R.W. (2005) The effect of effleurage massage in recovery from fatigue in the adductor muscles of the thumb. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics. 28(9):696-701.

Moran, R.W., Mullaney, A. (2003) What is the clinical utility of the cervical extension rotation test as routinely applied in the pre-manipulative screening process? Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 6(1):24-29.

Moran, R.W., Gibbons, P. (2001) Intra-examiner and inter-examiner reliability for palpation of the cranial rhythmic impulse at the head and sacrum. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics. 24(3):183-90.

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Presentations

Moran, R.W., Lucas, N.P. (2008) International perspectives on evidence – uses and abuses. General Osteopathic Council Research Conference. 1-3 February 2008. London, UK.

Rogers, F., Licciardone, J., Moran, R.W. (2006) Panel Discussion: Where to publish: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic vs. eJournal. 7th Annual Osteopathic Collaborative Clinical Trials Initiatives Conference (OCCTIC VII). Birmingham, Alabama, USA March 26-27.

Moran, R.W., Ljubotenski, E. (2006) Reliability of visual assessment for lumbar curves in standing: does clinical experience matter? International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research. 31 March–2nd April 2006. London, UK.

Moran, R.W., Lucas, N.P. (2004) Single system research designs in osteopathic medicine: a simple, cost effective approach we can’t afford to ignore. International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research. 10-12th September 2004. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA.

Gibbons, P., Moran, R.W. (2000) Intra-examiner and inter-examiner reliability for palpation of the cranial rhythmic impulse at the head and sacrum. International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research. 25th November 2000. Law Society, London, UK.

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Awards

  • Unitec Institute of Technology, Faculty of Social & Health Sciences, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2012
  • Unitec Institute of Technology, Faculty of Social & Health Sciences, Very Highly Commended: Excellence in Teaching Award 2011

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?:

The history of excellence at the School, the quality of supervision available to support my research interests combined with the ability to enroll part-time as a distance student.

Best things so far about your study

The opportunity to consider and draw connections between different fields - applying existing models of injury aetiology and prevention in the context of a new and rapidly growing sport (CrossFit).

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