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Melanie Bussey

melanie_bussey_2011Associate Professor
BPE(New Brunswick) MSc (New Brunswick) PhD (Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 8981
Email melanie.bussey@otago.ac.nz
ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5746-3861
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Background

Melanie is an Associate Professor in 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 and 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 Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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

Melanie’s research interests are focused on Sports Biomechanics, particularly the impact of musculoskeletal pain and injury on neuromuscular function. The long term goal of this work is to improve athlete re-conditioning for return-to-sport while reducing the risk of recurrent injury.

Postgraduate Students

  • Jim Webb (PhD): Associate Professor Melanie Bussey, Associate Professor Stephanie Woodley
  • Corry Perrett (PhD): Dr Peter Lamb, Associate Professor Melanie Bussey
  • Janelle Romanchuk (PhD): Associate Professor Melanie Bussey, Dr Peter Lamb, Dr Cam Ross
  • William White (MSc): Associate Professor Melanie Bussey
  • Jayden Pinfold (MPhEd): Associate Professor Melanie Bussey, Professor John Sullivan
  • Eamon Riley (BSc Hons): Associate Professor Melanie Bussey

Completed Students

  • Daniela Aldabe (PhD Clinical Biomechanics)
  • Divya Adhia (PhD Clinical Biomechanics)
  • Marcelo Peduzzi de Castro (PhD – Deferred)
  • James Kennedy (MPhEd Clinical Biomechanics)
  • Joanne Trezise (MPhEd Sports Biomechanics – Professor Roger Bartlett Co-Supervisor)
  • Rhys Thorp (MPhEd Sports Biomechanics – Co-Supervisor)
  • Yu Tanabe (Tsukuba University Japan – Co-supervisor)

Melanie is currently seeking highly motivated graduate students who have an interest in one of the following topics: Mechanics and control of the pelvis (focus on pelvic floor and hamstring muscles) or Sports related concussion (impact mechanisms and neck muscle control/function). Please consult the University of Otago scholarships webpage to check eligibility for international and domestic student scholarships.

Visit the University of Otago scholarships webpage

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Publications

Perrett, C., Lamb, P., & Bussey, M. (2020). Does external workload accurately predict lower-back injuries in cricket fast bowlers? A systematic review. Physical Therapy in Sport, 41, 71-79. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.11.007

Bussey, M. D., Aldabe, D., Shemmell, J., & Jowett, T. (2020). Anticipatory postural control differs between low back pain and pelvic girdle pain patients in the absence of visual feedback. Human Movement Science, 69, 102529. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2019.102529

Aldabe, D., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2020). A multivariate model for predicting PPGP considering postural adjustment parameters. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2020.102153

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, 22, 1521-1528. 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

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

Perrett, C., Lamb, P., & Bussey, M. (2020). Does external workload accurately predict lower-back injuries in cricket fast bowlers? A systematic review. Physical Therapy in Sport, 41, 71-79. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.11.007

Aldabe, D., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2020). A multivariate model for predicting PPGP considering postural adjustment parameters. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2020.102153

Bussey, M. D., Aldabe, D., Shemmell, J., & Jowett, T. (2020). Anticipatory postural control differs between low back pain and pelvic girdle pain patients in the absence of visual feedback. Human Movement Science, 69, 102529. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2019.102529

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, 22, 1521-1528. 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., 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

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

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). 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., 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., 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

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. (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

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

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

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., & 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

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

Pinfold, J., Romanchuk, J., Sullivan, J., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). Can neck muscle strength, activation or concussion history predict head acceleration during perturbation? Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 2(1), (pp. 38). doi: 10.36905/jses.2018.01.01

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

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

Perrett, C., Lamb, P., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). The effects of fatigue on the spine motion of cricket fast bowlers. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 2(1), (pp. 26-27). doi: 10.36905/jses.2018.01.01

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. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 2(1), (pp. 25-26). doi: 10.36905/jses.2018.01.01

Perrett, C., Lamb, P., & Bussey, M. D. (2018). Does external workload accurately predict lower-back injuries in cricket fast bowlers? A systematic review. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 2(1), (pp. 35-36). doi: 10.36905/jses.2018.01.01

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

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]

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