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Ben Sidaway, P.T., Ph.D.

Ben Sidaway

Professor, School of Physical Therapy

Bio

Ben is originally from England, where he completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology. He received his M.A. in Motor Behavior and Biomechanics from the University of North Carolina and his Ph.D. in Motor Control/Learning from Penn State University. Prior to joining Husson, he was a Professor in the Kinesiology Department at Louisiana State University for eight years. He has an extensive research and consulting background in Motor Control/Learning and Biomechanics with over 90 published, peer-reviewed papers and abstracts. His current research focuses on the use of motor control and learning principles in treating clinical populations. Ben's areas of teaching expertise include Motor Control/Learning, Biomechanics, Anatomy, and Neuroscience.

Personal Statement

At Husson, all P.T. students get the opportunity to engage in a rigorous scientific research project. If you're one of those people who like to ask "why" or "how" all the time, then Husson's the place for you.

Research

Ben Sidaway

Ben has an extensive background in both applied and basic research in motor control, motor learning, and biomechanics. His current research focuses on the use of motor control and learning principles in treating clinical populations. In some of his most recent research, he has examined ways in which to improve gait and skill learning in people with Parkinson's disease.

Recent Publications

* Sidaway, B., Bates, J., Schlagenhaufer, J., Occhiogrosso, B., Wilkes, D. (2012). Interaction of feedback frequency and task difficulty in children's motor skill learning. Physical Therapy. 92(7), 948-57.
* Sidaway, B., Euloth, T., French, H., Piskura, M., Clancy, J., & Aide, A. (2012). Comparing the reliability of a trigonometrical technique to goniometry and inclinometry in measuring ankle dorsiflexion. Gait & Posture.
* Sidaway, B. Ahn, S., Boldeau, P., Griffin, S., Noyes, B., Pelletier, K. (2008). A Comparison of manual guidance and knowledge of results in the learning of a weight-bearing skill. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 32, 32-38.
* Sidaway, B., Anderson, J., Danielson, G., Martin, L., & Smith, G. (2006). Effects of long-term gait training using visual cues in an individual with Parkinson disease. Physical Therapy, 86:186-194. http://www.ptjournal.org/feb 2006
* Sidaway, B., August, R., York, R., & Mitchell, A. (2005). Effects of varying the frequency of intrinsic and extrinsic feedback on motor skill learning. Journal of Human Movement Studies.
* Sidaway, B., & Trzaska, A. (2005). Can mental practice increase the ankle dorsiflexor torque? Physical Therapy, 85, 1053-1060. http://www.ptjournal.org/oct2005
* Sidaway, B., Champagne, A., Daigle, K., Marcous, N., Nadeau, A., & Pelletier, E. (2004). The effect of cane length on the haptic perception of height. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24, 157-161.
* Cornwell, A., Nelson, A., & Sidaway, B. (2002). Acute effects of stretching on the neuromechanical properties of the triceps surae muscle complex. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 86, 428-434.
* Clark, R., & Sidaway, B. (2001). The influence of head orientation with respect to direction of travel during goal-directed walks without vision. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 42, 151-164.
* Cornwell, A., Nelson A., Heise G., & Sidaway B. (2001). Acute effects of passive muscle stretching on vertical jump performance. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 40: 307-324.
* Sidaway, B., Yook, D., & Fairweather, M. (2001). Visual and verbal guidance in the learning of a novel motor skill. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 40, 43-63.

Recent Presentations

* Sidaway, B., Bates, J., Schlagenhaufer, J., Occhiogrosso, B., Wilkes, D. Task complexity and KR frequency interact in children’s motor skill learning. Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2012. Published abstract: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Vol. 32 (Suppl), 2012.
* Sidaway, B., Baughman, K., Jacques, S., Roundy, D., Stephens, R. Practice schedule effects in elderly individuals and in people with Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference, Burlington, VT, June 2011. Published abstract: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Vol. 31 (Suppl), 2011.
* Sidaway, B., McNitt-Gray, J. A biomechanical comparison of skilled and elite rugby kickers. Presented to Sportscotland, Murrayfield National Stadium, July 2009. Invited presentation.
* Kreider, C., Russell, D., Hale, B., & Sidaway, B.  The Influence of Surface Pattern on the Timing of Muscle Pre-activation in Landings. Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference, Niagara, Canada.  June 2008. Published abstract: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Vol. 28 (Suppl), 2008
* Sidaway, B. Are our athletes practicing the way they play? Transferring control and mechanics in motor skills.Understanding how skills are controlled: Implications for practice and transfer. Presented at the Scottish Institute of Sport’s inaugural High Performance Seminar. Edinburgh, Scotland. November, 2007. Invited key note address.
* Sidaway, B., Anderson, D. I., Matthew B, Chasse, J., Dunn, J., Govoni, A., McPherson, B., & Roy, K. The role of postural support in the control of kicking. Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference, San Diego, CA, June 2007.
Published abstract: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Vol. 27 (Suppl), 2007
* Chew-Bullock , T., Mayo, A., Schleihauf,  R. C., & Anderson, D. I., & Sidaway, B. One-legged postural stability predicts kicking velocity and accuracy. Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference, San Diego, CA, June 2007.
Published abstract: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Vol. 27 (Suppl), 2007
* Sidaway, B., Gordon, R., Hopkins, M., Kershaw, M., Maraen, C., & Wilkins, N. Random and blocked practice schedule effects on motor skill learning in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA, February, 2007.
* Anderson, D., Chew-Bullock , T., Kim, A., Mayo, A., & Sidaway, B. Do tests of one-legged balance predict kicking velocity? Presented at the annual NASPSPA conference, Denver, CO, June, 2006.
* Sidaway, B. Qualitative dynamics of behaviour: Insights into motor control from movement topology. Presented at the annual High Performance Seminar hosted by UK Sport in Birmingham, England, April, 2006. Invited presentation.
* Sidaway, B. Dynamic systems theory: A framework for the analysis of coordination in high performance athletes. Workshop conducted for physiotherapist and performance analysts working within the UK High Performance System. Sponsored by the Scottish Institute of Sport in Glasgow, Scotland, April, 2006. Invited presentation.
* Sidaway, B., Ahn, S., Boldeau, P., Griffin, S., Noyes, B., & Pelletier, K. A comparison of manual guidance and verbal feedback in the learning of a weight bearing skill. Presented at the annual NASPSPA conference, St Petersberg, FL, June, 2005.
* Sidaway, B., Russell, D., & Yook, D. Learning to reduce peak impact force during landings: The role of feedback frequency on kinetics and kinematics. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February, 2005.
* Sidaway, B., Anderson, J., Danielson, G., Martin, L., & Smith, G. Changes in Parkinsonian gait as the result of long-term training with visual cues. Presented at the annual NASPSPA conference, Vancouver, Canada, June, 2004.
* Sidaway, B., Champagne, A., Daigle, K., Marcous, N., Nadeau, A., & Pelletier, E. The effect of cane length on the accuracy of height discrimination using haptic perception. Presented at the annual NASPSPA conference, Vancouver, Canada, June, 2004.
* Sidaway, B., & Robinson, A. Can mental practice increase dorsiflexion force? Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN, February, 2004.
* Sidaway, B., August, R., York, R., & Mitchell, A. A comparison of intrinsic and extrinsic feedback frequencies in learning a motor skill. Presented at the annual NASPSPA conference, Savannah, GA, June, 2003.