HYPERMOBILITY AND PERFORMANCE RESEARCH GROUP

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Head of Laboratory

Overview

The Hypermobility and Performance Research Group, conducts a range of research incorporating people with:

  • symptomatic, systemic joint hypermobility syndrome, also known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome-Hypermobility type, is an inherited disorder of connective tissue that impacts the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, vascular and neural systems causing a spectrum of functional impairment and affecting quality of life;
  • asymptomatic generalised joint hypermobility may be an advantage in some sports, deleterious in others, may increase risk of injury, time to recovery and return to sport (e.g. gymnasts, basketballers, netballers, swimmers);
  • asymptomatic generalised joint hypermobility may be a positive selection factor in some realms of performance arts, however this can also be associated with increased risk of injury, time to recovery and return to performance (e.g. dancers and musicians);
  • playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. military and orchestral musicians) due to the high physical and psychological demands of these occupations that require many years of intensive training, and long hours of individual practice, rehearsals and performances.