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Dr Michael Nunns

Dr Michael Nunns

Research Fellow

2399

South Cloisters 3.09

I am a systematic reviewer working within the Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre (within ESMI).

I recently completed work on a NIHR HTA examining the effectiveness of interventions to improve the mental health of children and young people with long term physical conditions, and the factors which may influence their effectiveness. This mixed methods evidence synthesis combined an quantitative effectiveness review, qualitative experience review and an overarching synthesis of these reviews, with an integrated programme of patient and participant involvement.

Prior to joining ESMI in January 2016, my background was in Sport & Health Sciences, with particular interest in the biomechanical mechanisms of lower limb injury. I was awarded my PhD in 2014, determining risk factors for the development of lower limb stress fractures in Royal Marines recruits. I have also worked as an Associate Lecturer in Sport & Health Sciences at the university for 6 years.

Research specialisms

My area of expertise is systematic reviews, particularly quantitative reviews and meta analysis. I have experience of mixed methods and qualitative approaches, as well as the integration of PPI into systematic reviews.

I also retain expertise in teaching and research in the field of biomechanics. My research previously focused on gait and footwear effects which may influence the risk of lower limb injury, particularly stress fracture of the tibia and metatarsals.

 

Qualifications

2014 - PhD (University of Exeter) – Biomechanical predictors of tibial and metatarsal stress fractures in Royal Marine recruits

2012 – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2007 – MSc (University of Exeter) – Sport and Health Sciences

2005 – BA (University of Durham) – Sport in the Community

Research

Research interests

I am working as a systematic reviewer in the Evidence Synthesis Team in the Medical School. My current project considers the effectiveness of interventions to improve the mental health of children and young people with long term physical conditions. I work within a team using mixed methods systematic review techniques, specialising personally in quantitative methods.

Prior to my current role, I have focused on the identification of causes of lower limb injury during running and military training. I have used a variety of techniques to assess aspects of running gait which may contribute to injury. To this end, I have also investigated the influence of footwear (or lack of footwear) on injury risk, as well as mathematically modelling the stress acting on the third metatarsal during running with and without military footwear.

Research projects

  • Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions: Linked evidence syntheses

Grants

  • January 2017: Researcher-led Initiative Award. Seminar and workshop on narrative synthesis in quantitative systematic reviews (£1k)
  • May 2015: Open Innovation Award. The systematic development of minimalist footwear for a range of activities (£12k)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Nunns MP, House CM, Rice H, Mostazir M, Davey P, Stiles V, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon SJ (2016). Four biomechanical and anthropometric measures predict tibial stress fracture:. A prospective study of 1065 Royal Marines. British Journal of Sports Medicine Abstract.  Full text.
Nunns M, House C, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon S (2013). Biomechanical characteristics of barefoot footstrike modalities. J Biomech, 46(15), 2603-2610. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Nunns M, Dixon SJ, Clarke J, carre M (In Press). Boot-insole effects on comfort and plantar loading at the heel and fifth metatarsal during running and turning in soccer. Journal of Sports Sciences Full text.
Jie LJ, Goodwin V, Kleynen M, Braun S, Nunns M, Wilson MR (2016). Analogy learning in Parkinson’s; as easy as a walk on the beach: a proof-of-concept study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation Abstract.  Full text.
Nunns MP, House CM, Rice H, Mostazir M, Davey P, Stiles V, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon SJ (2016). Four biomechanical and anthropometric measures predict tibial stress fracture:. A prospective study of 1065 Royal Marines. British Journal of Sports Medicine Abstract.  Full text.
Moore IS, Pitt W, Nunns M, Dixon S (2014). Effects of a seven-week minimalist footwear transition programme on footstrike modality, pressure variables and loading rates. Footwear Science
Nunns M, House C, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon S (2013). Biomechanical characteristics of barefoot footstrike modalities. J Biomech, 46(15), 2603-2610. Abstract.  Author URL.
Rice H, Nunns M, House C, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon S (2013). High medial plantar pressures during barefoot running are associated with increased risk of ankle inversion injury in Royal Marine recruits. Gait and Posture, 38(4), 614-618. Abstract.
Nunns M, Stiles V, Dixon S (2012). The effects of standard issue Royal Marine recruit footwear on risk factors associated with third metatarsal stress fractures. Footwear Science, 4(1), 59-70. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Nunns M, Dixon SJ, Clarke J, carre M (In Press). Boot-insole effects on comfort and plantar loading at the heel and fifth metatarsal during running and turning in soccer. Journal of Sports Sciences Full text.

2016

Jie LJ, Goodwin V, Kleynen M, Braun S, Nunns M, Wilson MR (2016). Analogy learning in Parkinson’s; as easy as a walk on the beach: a proof-of-concept study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation Abstract.  Full text.
Nunns MP, House CM, Rice H, Mostazir M, Davey P, Stiles V, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon SJ (2016). Four biomechanical and anthropometric measures predict tibial stress fracture:. A prospective study of 1065 Royal Marines. British Journal of Sports Medicine Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Moore IS, Pitt W, Nunns M, Dixon S (2014). Effects of a seven-week minimalist footwear transition programme on footstrike modality, pressure variables and loading rates. Footwear Science

2013

Nunns M, House C, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon S (2013). Biomechanical characteristics of barefoot footstrike modalities. J Biomech, 46(15), 2603-2610. Abstract.  Author URL.
Rice H, Nunns M, House C, Fallowfield J, Allsopp A, Dixon S (2013). High medial plantar pressures during barefoot running are associated with increased risk of ankle inversion injury in Royal Marine recruits. Gait and Posture, 38(4), 614-618. Abstract.

2012

Nunns M, Stiles V, Dixon S (2012). The effects of standard issue Royal Marine recruit footwear on risk factors associated with third metatarsal stress fractures. Footwear Science, 4(1), 59-70. Abstract.

Awards/Honorary fellowships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012)

Winner of best student abstract submission at the BASES Biomechanics Interest Group (Ulster, 2012)


Committee/panel activities

Member of the Higher Education Academy

I have previously taught extensively in undergraduate (ESS1204/2004/2707/3805) and postgraduate (SHSM005) sport and exercise biomechanics within the department of Sport & Health Sciences.

I have recently taught on the two day ASHR MSc programme.

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