About Dr Marnee McKay

Dr Marnee McKay is a titled Sports Physiotherapist with 20 years of clinical experience managing acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal injuries and disorders. Through Dr McKay’s research expertise in assessing physical capabilities via outcome measure assessment, she is pioneering the development of whole-of-life functional scales, based on age- and sex-matched normative reference values from the 1000 Norms Project. During her PhD Dr McKay generated the largest normative reference database of outcome measures across the lifespan. These >1M data points generated during her PhD have been crucial for understanding the severity of patients with a variety of disorders, and most importantly their response to treatment. Dr McKay now leads the 1000 Norms Project Consortium. Her research interests and expertise are not limited to normative reference data and outcome measure development. Her recent research projects include identifying athletes at risk of ACL injuries, adolescent athletes and concussion in soccer.

Selected publications

  1. McKay MJ, Baldwin JN, Ferreira P, Simic M, Vanicek N and Burns J. Normative reference values for strength and flexibility of 1000 children and adults. Neurology 2017;88.1:36-43.
  2. McKay MJ, Baldwin JN, Ferreira P, Simic M, Vanicek N and Burns J. Reference values for developing responsive functional outcome measures across the lifespan. Neurology 2017; 88(16), 1512-1519
  3. McKay MJ, Baldwin JN, Ferreira P, Simic M, Vanicek N, Hiller CE, Nightingale EJ, Moloney NA, Quinlan KG, Pourkazemi F, Sman AD, Nicholson LL, Mousavi SJ, Rose K, Raymond J, Mackey MG, Chard A, Hübscher M, Wegener C, Fong Yan A, Refshauge KM and Burns J. 1000 Norms Project: Protocol of a cross-sectional study cataloging human variation. Physiotherapy 2016;102:50-56
  4. McKay MJ, Baldwin JN, Ferreira P, Simic M, Vanicek N, Wojciechowski E, Mudge A and Burns J. Spatiotemporal and plantar pressure patterns of 1000 healthy individuals aged 3–101 years. Gait & Posture 2017: 58, 78-87
  5. Burns J, Sman AD, Cornett K, Wojciechowski E, Walker T, Menezes MP, Mandarakas MR, Rose KJ, Bray P, Sampaio H, Farrar M, Refshauge KM, Raymond J, Baldwin J, McKay MJ, Mudge A , Purcell L, Miller C, Gray K, Harman M, Gabrael N, Ouvrier RA. Safety and efficacy of progressive resistance exercise for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in children: a randomised, double-blind, sham-controlled trial. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health 1.2 (2017):106-113
  6. Baldwin J, McKay M, Hiller CE, Nightingale EJ, Moloney N, Vanicek N, Ferreira P, Simic M, Refshauge K, and Burns J. Defining health and disease: setting the boundaries for physiotherapy. Are we overtreating or undertreating? How can we tell? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;49(19):1225-1226
  7. Baldwin J, McKay M, Hiller CE, Nightingale EJ, Moloney N, Vanicek N, Ferreira P, Simic M, Refshauge K, and Burns J. Forming norms: informing diagnosis and management in sports medicine. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;49(19):1226-1227 
  8. Baldwin JN, McKay MJ, Hiller CE, Nightingale EJ, Moloney N, Burns J, & 1000 Norms Project Consortium. Correlates of Perceived Ankle Instability in Healthy Individuals Aged 8 to 101 Years. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017; 98(1), 72-79
  9. Baldwin J, McKay M, Hiller C, Nightingale EJ, Moloney N, Simic M and Burns J. Self-reported knee pain and disability among healthy individuals: reference data and factors associated with the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) and KOOS-Child. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2017.03.007
  10. Baldwin J, McKay M, Hiller C, Nightingale EJ, Moloney N, and Burns J. Reference values and factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms in healthy adolescents and adults. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice 2017: 29, 99-107.
  11. Singh H, McKay M, Baldwin J, Nicholson L, Chan C, Burns J and Hiller CE. Beighton scores and cut-offs across the lifespan: Cross-sectional study of an Australian population. Rheumatology 2017; 56:1857–64.
  12. Davis PR., McKay MJ, Baldwin JN, Burns J, Pareyson D, and Rose KJ. Repeatability, consistency, and accuracy of hand‐held dynamometry with and without fixation for measuring ankle plantarflexion strength in healthy adolescents and adults. Muscle & Nerve 2017;doi: 10.1002/mus.25576
  13. Baldwin J, McKay M, Hiller C, Nightingale EJ, Moloney N, and Burns J. Relationship between physical performance and self-reported function in healthy individuals across the lifespan. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 2017;30, 10-17.
  14. Baldwin J, McKay M, Burns J, Hiller C, Nightingale EJ, and Moloney N. What are the similarities and differences between healthy people with and without pain? Scandinavian Journal of Pain. 2018 18(1), 39-47.
  15. Palad YY, Leaver AM, McKay MJ, Baldwin JN, Lunar FR, Caube FD, Burns J, Simic M. Knee thrust prevalence and normative hip-knee-ankle angle deviation values among healthy individuals across the lifespan. Osteoarthritis and cartilage. 2018 26(10):1326-32.
  16. Pate JW, Hancock MJ, Tofts L, Epps A, Baldwin JN, McKay MJ, Burns J, Morris E, Pacey V. Longitudinal Fibular Deficiency: A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Lower Limb Function of Children and Young People with That of Unaffected Peers. Children. 2019 Mar;6(3):45.
  17. Burns J, Sman AD, Cornett K, Wojciechowski E, Walker T, Menezes MP, Mandarakas MR, Rose KJ, Bray P, Sampaio H, Farrar M, Refshauge KM, Raymond J, Baldwin J, McKay MJ, Mudge A , Purcell L, Miller C, Gray K, Harman M, Gabrael N, Ouvrier RA. Magnetic resonance imaging of the anterior compartment of the lower leg is a biomarker for weakness, disability, and impaired gait in childhood Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease. Muscle & Nerve (59)2:213-217