Natalie Vanicek

Dr Natalie Vanicek

Reader in Clinical Biomechanics

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Dr Natalie Vanicek is a Reader in Clinical Biomechanics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She is Associate Editor in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics for the Journal of Sports Sciences and Associate Member of the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR). Dr Vanicek is passionate about her research in clinical gait analysis and musculoskeletal biomechanics. Her work is aimed at reducing falls, improving function and attenuating musculoskeletal decline through exercise among individuals with limited mobility.

Postgraduate

Dr Vanicek welcomes applications in the area of clinical gait analysis. For example, research projects evaluating the effects of exercise on musculoskeletal function in individuals with altered lower limb biomechanics as a result of ageing, disease and truama. Completed PhDs Marnee McKay, 1000 Norms Project: Measures of Physical Function across the Lifespan, University of Sydney, 2017. Stephanie King, Adaptations in Plantarflexor Muscle-tendon Properties and their Impact on Gait in Claudicants with Peripheral Arterial Disease, University of Hull, 2015. Amartya Ganguly, Modelling of the Human Quiet Stance with Ankle Joint Complexity, University of Hull, 2015. Lisa Alcock, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics of Gait and Balance during Activities of Daily Living in Community-Dwelling Older Women, University of Hull, 2013. Cleveland Barnett, Biomechanics and Quality of Life in Transtibial Amputees during and following Rehabilitation: A Longitudinal Study, University of Hull, 2011. Current PhD supervisions Zoe Schafer, Maximising Musculoskeletal Function for Falls Prevention in Individuals with a Lower-Limb Amputation, 2015 - present. Grace O'Carroll, Dual Tasking Exercise Interventions following Mild and Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, 2015 - present. Stephen Hayes, Robotic Exoskeleton Gait in Spinal Cord Injured Individuals, 2014 - present (part-time). Aliakbar Dostanpor, Relationships between Gait Speed, T-score and Age with Gait Parameters in Older Women with Low Bone Mineral Density, 2014 - present.

Journal Article

Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women

Alcock, L., O’Brien, T. D., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Association between somatosensory, visual and vestibular contributions to postural control, reactive balance capacity and healthy ageing in older women. Health care for women international, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2018.1499106

Do predictive relationships exist between postural control and falls efficacy in unilateral transtibial prosthesis users?

Barnett, C. T., Vanicek, N., & Rusaw, D. F. (2018). Do predictive relationships exist between postural control and falls efficacy in unilateral transtibial prosthesis users?. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 99(11), 2271-2278. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2018.05.016

The effects of robot assisted gait training on temporal-spatial characteristics of people with spinal cord injuries: a systematic review

Hayes, S. C., James Wilcox, C. R., Forbes White, H. S., & Vanicek, N. (2018). The effects of robot assisted gait training on temporal-spatial characteristics of people with spinal cord injuries: a systematic review. The journal of spinal cord medicine : JSCM, 41(5), 529-543. https://doi.org/10.1080/10790268.2018.1426236

Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density

Dostanpor, A., Dobson, C. A., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density. Gait and Posture, 64, 230-237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.05.005

A personalised exercise programme for individuals with lower limb amputation reduces falls and improves gait biomechanics: A block randomised controlled trial

Schafer, Z. A., Perry, J. L., & Vanicek, N. (2018). A personalised exercise programme for individuals with lower limb amputation reduces falls and improves gait biomechanics: A block randomised controlled trial. Gait and Posture, 63, 282-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.04.030

Research interests

Using biomechanical tools of analysis, Dr Vanicek investigates movement patterns in individuals with altered lower limb mechanics as a result of ageing, disease and trauma. To date, her research has focused primarily on working with vascular and traumatic lower limb amputees, patients with intermittent claudication caused by peripheral arterial disease, and individuals with osteoporosis. Dr Vanicek has collaborated with colleagues from a variety of disciplines such as physiotherapists, vascular consultants, medical engineers and psychologists. This research has attracted external funding from the Medical Research Council, Circulation Foundation, British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR), BUPA Foundation and Osteoporosis Research in East Yorkshire.