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Sidaway, Ben, PT, PhD

Sidaway, Ben, PT, PhD

Sidaway, Ben, PT, PhD

Professor School of Physical Therapy

Contact Information:

Husson University
331 O'Donnell Commons
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.973.1099 Phone: Fax: 207.941.7883 Email: sidawayb@husson.edu Department Email:

Biography

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.

Professional 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.

Research:

The application of motor control and learning principles in treating clinical populations with particular focus on people with Parkinson Disease.

Grants:

Do elderly dancers have more stable static and dynamic postural control than non-dancers.
With Suzanne Gordon, School of Physical Therapy, Husson University.
Grant from Husson Research Fund Committee Grant award: $600

Feasibility and effectiveness of Argentine Tango dance as an intervention for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease: A pilot study.
With Suzanne Gordon, School of Physical Therapy, Husson University.
Grant from Husson Research Fund Committee
Grant award: $2000

The detection of aperture passability during walking in people with Parkinson disease.
Grant from Husson Research Fund Committee Grant award: $1896

Movement Coordination in Sport Skills: A Proposal for the Development of In-House Quantitative Solutions for the Scottish Institute of Sport
With McNitt-Gray J., Director of Biomechanics, University of Southern California. Grant from the Scottish Institute of Sport Grant award: $50,000

The Development of and Implementation of Analysis Techniques for the Assessment of Coordinative Structures in High Performance Athletes.
With McNitt-Gray J., Director of Biomechanics, University of Southern California. Grant from the Scottish Institute of Sport Grant award: $40,000

FUNdamentals: Skill acquisition in young soccer players.
With McNitt-Gray J., Director of Biomechanics, University of Southern California. Grant from the Amateur Athletic Foundation
Grant award: $33,000

Peer Reviewed Presentations: 

Sidaway, B., Aaroe, A., Albert, M., Desrosiers, G., Morell, C., & Stuart, J. The visual detection of doorway affordances in people with Parkinson Disease. Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2016.

Ramos, C., Sidaway, B., & McNitt-Gray, J. The effect of augmented feedback on impulse generation during a quick first step. Presented at the International Society of Biomechanics annual meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2015.

Sidaway, B., Bonenfant, D., Jandreau, J., Longley, A., & Osborne, K.  The interaction of the ATNR and the Kohnstamm phenomenon in self-selected aiming.  Presented at the Annual NASPSPA conference,
New Orleans, LA, June 2013.

Sidaway, B., Ala, B., Glidden, J., Peabody, A., Spaulding, J.  The role of practice schedule in motor learning in people with Parkinson’s disease. Presented at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

Sidaway, B., Bates, J., Schlagenhaufer, J., Thompson, 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.

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.

Publications:

Sidaway, B., Ala, B., Baughman, K., Glidden, J., Jacques, S., Peabody, A., Roundy, D., Spaulding, J., Stephens, R., Tolle, L. Wright, D. (2016).  Incorporating contextual interference in practice can facilitate motor
learning in older adults and individuals with Parkinson Disease. Journal of Motor Behavior.

Sidaway, B., Bonenfant, D., Jandreau, J., Longley, A., Osborne, K., & Anderson, D.  (2015).  The role of head position and prior contraction in manual aiming. Acta Psychologia, 154, 10-13.

Anderson, D., & Sidaway, B. (2013). Kicking biomechanics: Importance of balance. Lower Extremity Review, 5(7), 55-59.

Chew-Bullock, T., Anderson, D., & Sidaway, B. (2012). Kicking performance in relation to balance ability over the support leg. Human Movement Science, 31(6), 1615-1623.

Sidaway, B., Bates, J., Schlagenhaufer, J., Thompson, 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, 36, 335-339.

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.  Motor skills – A break down.  Feature article in Coaching Edge, Autumn 2006 issue.

Sidaway, B., Anderson, J.  D., Danielson, G. W., Martin, L. P. & Smith, G. B. (2006). Effects of long-term gait training using visual cues in an individual with Parkinson disease.  Physical Therapy, 86, 186-194.

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, 48, 195-210.

Sidaway, B. & Trzaska , A. (2005).  Can mental practice increase the ankle dorsiflexor torque? Physical Therapy, 85, 1053-1060.