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Melanie Bussey

melanie_bussey_2011Senior Lecturer
BPE(New Brunswick) MSc. (New Brunswick) PhD (Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 8981
Email melanie.bussey@otago.ac.nz

Background

Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biomechanics and Director of the Motion Analysis Research Lab in the School. She is originally from the East Coast of Canada, where she studied Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy at the University of New Brunswick (BPE & MSc) before transplanting to New Zealand in pursuit of her PhD in Clinical Biomechanics. Recently she was appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She has two broad areas of research interest in Women’s Health and Athletic Injury.

Melanie’s work has been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, Otago Medical Research Foundation, Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust, University of Otago, Sport Science New Zealand and the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada.

Teaching

Research

Current projects

  • Does muscle coordination in the pelvic floor and trunk predict low back pain?
  • Lumbo-pelvic control and postural stability in low back and pelvic girdle pain.
  • The role of pelvic ligaments in the neuromechanical stability of the pelvis.
  • Diagnosis of the painful sacroiliac joint.
  • Head and neck control: Neuromechanics of the cervical spine in impact perturbations.

Postgraduate Students

  • Jim Webb (PhD Clinical Biomechanics/Motor Control)
  • Marcelo Peduzzi de Castro (PhD Clinical Biomechanics - Deferred)
  • Rhys Thorp, (PhD Clinical Biomechanics - Deferred)
  • Corry Perrett (MPhEd Biomechanics, Co-Supervisor)
  • Jayden Pinfold (MPhEd Biomechanics, Prof John Sullivan Co-Supervisor)

Completed Students

  • Daniela Aldabe (PhD Clinical Biomechanics)
  • Divya Adhia (PhD Clinical Biomechanics)
  • James Kennedy (MPhEd Clinical Biomechanics)
  • Joanne Trezise (MPhEd Sports Biomechanics – Prof Roger Bartlett Co-Supervisor)
  • Rhys Thorp (MPhEd: Sports Biomechanics - Co-Supervisor)
  • Yu Tanabe (Tsukuba University Japan - Co-supervisor)

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Publications

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S. M., Milosavljevic, S., Pedersen, S. J., & Bussey, M. D. (2019). Assessing the construct validity of clinical tests to identify sacroiliac joint inflammation in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.13606

Milner, S. C., Gray, A., & Bussey, M. (2019). A retrospective study investigating injury incidence and factors associated with injury among belly dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, 23(1), 26-33. doi: 10.12678/1089-313X.23.1.26

Bussey, M. D., McLean, M., Pinfold, J., Anderson, N., Kiely, R., Romanchuk, J., & Salmon, D. (2019). History of concussion is associated with higher head acceleration and reduced cervical muscle activity during simulated rugby tackle: An exploratory study. Physical Therapy in Sport. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.03.012

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

Bussey, M., Aldabe, D., & Jones, L. M. (2019). Reorganization of postural stability after Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery: A longitudinal case report. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/jwh.0000000000000134

Authored Book - Research

Bartlett, R., & Bussey, M. (2012). Sports biomechanics: Reducing injury risk and improving performance (2nd ed.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 341p.

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Journal - Research Article

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S. M., Milosavljevic, S., Pedersen, S. J., & Bussey, M. D. (2019). Assessing the construct validity of clinical tests to identify sacroiliac joint inflammation in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.13606

Bussey, M. D., McLean, M., Pinfold, J., Anderson, N., Kiely, R., Romanchuk, J., & Salmon, D. (2019). History of concussion is associated with higher head acceleration and reduced cervical muscle activity during simulated rugby tackle: An exploratory study. Physical Therapy in Sport. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.03.012

Milner, S. C., Gray, A., & Bussey, M. (2019). A retrospective study investigating injury incidence and factors associated with injury among belly dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, 23(1), 26-33. doi: 10.12678/1089-313X.23.1.26

Bussey, M. D., de Castro, M. P., Aldabe, D., & Shemmell, J. (2018). Sex differences in anticipatory postural adjustments during rapid single leg lift. Human Movement Science, 57, 417-425. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2017.10.003

Bussey, M. D., Aldabe, D., Adhia, D., & Mani, R. (2018). Reliability of surface electromyography activity of gluteal and hamstring muscles during sub-maximal and maximal voluntary isometric contractions. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 34, 103-107. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.09.004

Aldabe, D., Castro, M. P., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Concurrent validity and reliability of using ground reaction force and center of pressure parameters in the determination of leg movement initiation during single leg lift. Gait & Posture, 49, 346-352. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.07.181

Adhia, D. B., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Innominate movement patterns, rotation trends and range of motion in individuals with low back pain of sacroiliac joint origin. Manual Therapy, 21, 100-108. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.06.004

Adhia, D. B., Tumilty, S., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Innominate segment deformation during passive hip abduction and external rotation. Manual Therapy, 26, 235-237. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2016.06.004

Adhia, D. B., Tumilty, S., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Can hip abduction and external rotation discriminate sacroiliac joint pain? Manual Therapy, 21, 191-197. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.08.002

Adhia, D. B., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Does repeated palpation-digitization of pelvic landmarks for measurement of innominate motion introduce a systematic variation? A psychometric investigation. Manual Therapy, 21, 282-286. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.09.009

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S. M., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Construct validity of clinical spinal mobility tests in ankylosing spondylitis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rheumatology, 35(7), 1777-1787. doi: 10.1007/s10067-015-3056-1

Bussey, M. D., Kennedy, J. E., & Kennedy, G. (2016). Gluteus medius coactivation response in field hockey players with and without low back pain. Physical Therapy in Sport, 17, 24-29. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.03.002

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S. M., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2015). Criterion-concurrent validity of spinal mobility tests in ankylosing spondylitis: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Rheumatology, 42(2), 243-251. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.140901

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S. M., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2015). Role of physical evaluation in the early identification of axial spondyloarthritis: A research proposal. Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Disorders, 8, 59-64. doi: 10.4137/CMAMD.S28347

Bussey, M. D. (2015). Mechanics of pelvic girdle stability and self-bracing in SIJ-related pelvic girdle pain: A review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(3), 168-177. doi: 10.1179/1743288X15Y.0000000010

Bussey, M. D., & Milosavljevic, S. (2015). Asymmetric pelvic bracing and altered kinematics in patients with posterior pelvic pain who present with postural muscle delay. Clinical Biomechanics, 30(1), 71-77. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2014.11.002

Bussey, M. D., & Milosavljevic, S. (2013). Can innominate motion be used to identify persons with ankylosing spondylitis? A pilot study. Manual Therapy, 18(2), 118-123. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.07.010

Aldabe, D., Ribeiro, D. C., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2012). Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and its relationship with relaxin levels during pregnancy: A systematic review. European Spine Journal, 21(9), 1769-1776. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2162-x

Aldabe, D., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2012). Is pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain associated with altered kinematic, kinetic and motor control of the pelvis? A systematic review. European Spine Journal, 21(9), 1777-1787. doi: 10.1007/s00586-012-2401-1

Adhia, D. B., Bussey, M. D., Ribeiro, D. C., Tumilty, S., & Milosavljevic, S. (2012). Validity and reliability of palpation-digitization for non-invasive kinematic measurement: A systematic review. Manual Therapy, 18(1), 26-34. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.06.004

Adhia, D. B., Bussey, M. D., Mani, R., Jayakaran, P., Aldabe, D., & Milosavljevic, S. (2012). Inter-tester reliability of non-invasive technique for measurement of innominate motion. Manual Therapy, 17(1), 71-76. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2011.09.005

Trezise, J., Bartlett, R., & Bussey, M. (2011). Coordination variability changes with fatigue in sprinters. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 6(3), 357-363. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.6.3.357

Bussey, M. D. (2010). Does the demand for asymmetric functional lower body postures in lateral sports relate to structural asymmetry of the pelvis. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 13(3), 360-364. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2009.02.010

Bussey, M. D., Milosavljevic, S., & Bell, M. L. (2009). Sex differences in the pattern of innominate motion during passive hip abduction and external rotation. Manual Therapy, 14(5), 514-519. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2008.09.004

Bussey, M. D., Bell, M. L., & Milosavljevic, S. (2009). The influence of hip abduction and external rotation on sacroiliac motion. Manual Therapy, 14(5), 520-525. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2008.08.009

Bartlett, R., Bussey, M., & Flyger, N. (2006). Movement variability cannot be determined reliably from no-marker conditions. Journal of Biomechanics, 39, 3076-3079. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2005.10.020

Bussey, M. D., Yanai, T., & Milburn, P. (2004). A non-invasive technique for assessing innominate bone motion. Clinical Biomechanics, 19, 85-90.

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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

Bussey, M., Aldabe, D., & Jones, L. M. (2019). Reorganization of postural stability after Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery: A longitudinal case report. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/jwh.0000000000000134

Bussey, M. D., Milosavljevic, S., & Adhia, D. (2012). [Response to letter to the editor: Innominate 3D motion modeling: Biomechanically interesting, but clinically irrelevant]. Manual Therapy, 17(5), e13. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.04.004

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Bussey, M., & Yanai, T. (2002). Testing the reliability and validity of sacroiliac joint rotations measured with a magnetic tracking device. Proceedings CD of IV World Congress of Biomechanics. Calgary, Canada: Omnipress. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kelly, T., Thompson, B., Chumala, P., Okpalauwaekwe, U., Bath, B., Trask, C., … Bussey, M., … Katselis, G. (2019). A proteomics approach for the early clinical identification of axial spondyloarthritis: A study of first degree relatives. Journal of Rheumatology, 46(7), (pp. 772-773). doi: 10.3899/jrheum.190333

Bussey, M. D., McLean, M., Pinfold, J., Anderson, N., Kiely, R., Romanchuk, J., & Salmon, D. (2018). History of concussion is associated with higher head acceleration during simulated rugby tackle. New Zealand Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 1.2, 33. [Abstract]

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S., Milosavljevic, S., Juhl Pedersen, S. J., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). Do sacroiliac joint pain provocation tests identify inflammation in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis? Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, 47(Suppl. 129), (pp. 35-36). doi: 10.1080/03009742.2018.1487639

Perrett, C., Lamb, P., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). The effects of fatigue on the spine motion of cricket fast bowlers. New Zealand Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 1.2, 35. [Abstract]

Aldabe, D., Woodley, S., Hammer, N., & Bussey, M. (2018). Can differences in active straight leg raise muscle activation predict pelvic girdle pain? A comparison between pregnant and non-pregnant women. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 40). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference

Shultz, S., Sheerin, K., Handsfield, G., Wells, D., Hebert-Losier, K., Fink, P., … Bussey, M., & Queen, R. (2018). Finding the balance between education outreach and research goals. Proceedings of the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics. Retrieved from www.wbc2018.com

Perrett, C., Lamb, P., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). Does external workload accurately predict lower-back injuries in cricket fast bowlers? A systematic review. New Zealand Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 1.2, 64. [Abstract]

Bussey, M. (2018). Muscle activity during the Active Straight Leg Raise is associated with innominate mobility. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 46). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference

Pinfold, J., Romanchuk, J., Sullivan, J., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). Can neck muscle strength, activation or concussion history predict head acceleration during perturbation? New Zealand Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 1.2, 69. [Abstract]

Bussey, M. D., & Lamb, P. (2017). Self-organizing maps for cluster analysis of sacroiliac involvement in low back pain patients. Proceedings of the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics and the 9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Biomechanics. Retrieved from http://www.biomech2017.com/

Hirono, Y., Fujii, N., & Bussey, M. D. (2017). Genetic algorithm approach for error optimization with 2-dimensional direct linear transformation. Proceedings of the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics and the 9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Biomechanics. Retrieved from http://www.biomech2017.com/

Adhia, D., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., & Bussey, M. (2015). Are pelvic movement anomalies associated with low back pain of sacroiliac joint origin? Physiotherapy, 101(Suppl. 1), (pp. e35-e36). doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.147

Bussey, M., Milosavljevic, S., & Aldabe, D. (2015). Increased postural stability in posterior pelvic girdle pain. Physiotherapy, 101(Suppl. 1), (pp. e191-e192). doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.352

Adhia, D., Tumilty, S., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. (2015). Can a Hip Abduction–External Rotation (HABER) test discriminate for low back pain of sacroiliac joint origin? Physiotherapy, 101(Suppl. 1), (pp. e34-e35). doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.146

Bussey, M. (2014). Mechanics and control in pelvic girdle pain. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(2), (pp. 74). [Abstract]

Castro, M. P., Stebbings, S. M., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2014). Validity of spinal mobility assessment in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: A systematic review. Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference: Linking the Chain. (pp. 72). Wellington, New Zealand: Physiotherapy New Zealand. [Abstract]

Adhia, D. B., Bussey, M. D., Tumilty, S., Mani, R., & Milosavljevic, S. (2014). Can innominate movements discriminate for low back pain of sacroiliac joint origin? Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference: Linking the Chain. (pp. 60). Wellington, New Zealand: Physiotherapy New Zealand. [Abstract]

Bussey, M. D. (2014). The effect of pelvic girdle pain on hip-spine movement and coordination during a modified Trendelenburg task. Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference: Linking the Chain. (pp. 69). Wellington, New Zealand: Physiotherapy New Zealand. [Abstract]

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