Dr Bernard Liew

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Bernard Liew



  • PhD Curtin University, (2017)

  • BSc (Physiotherapy) First Class Honours Curtin University, (2011)

  • Diploma (Physiotherapy) Nanyang Polytechnic, (2009)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer (Biomechanics), University of Essex (20/5/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Research fellow, University of Birmingham (14/10/2017 - 19/5/2019)

  • Session tutor and research assistant, Curtin University (1/1/2015 - 1/7/2017)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Biomechanics (SE102)

  • Professional Skills 2 (SE201)

  • Applied Movement Science (SE206)

  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (SE305)

  • Research Project (SE309)

  • Biomechanics of Locomotion (SE732)

  • Research Project (SE740)

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (SE230)

  • Further Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health (SE738)


Journal articles (35)

Moran, J., Ramirez-Campillo, R., Liew, B., Chaabene, H., Behm, DG., García-Hermoso, A., Izquierdo, M. and Granacher, U., (2021). Effects of vertically- and horizontally-orientated plyometric training on physical performance: a meta-analytical comparison. Sports Medicine. 51 (1), 65-79

Liew, BXW., Sullivan, L., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2021). Lower-limb stiffness mediates speed but not turning angle during unplanned side-step cutting. Journal of Biomechanics. 115, 110132-110132

Moran, J., Ramirez-Campillo, R., Liew, B., Chaabene, H., Behm, D., García-Hermoso, A., Izquierdo, M. and Granacher, U., (2021). Effects of Bilateral and Unilateral Resistance Training on Horizontally-Orientated Movement Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine. 51 (2), 225-242

Pedrero-Martin, Y., Falla, D., Martinez-Calderon, J., Liew, BXW., Scutari, M. and Luque-Suarez, A., (2021). Self-efficacy beliefs mediate the association between pain intensity and pain interference in acute/subacute whiplash-associated disorders. European Spine Journal

Liew, BXW., Peolsson, A., Falla, D., Cleland, JA., Scutari, M., Kierkegaard, M. and Dedering, A., (2021). Mechanisms of recovery after neck‐specific or general exercises in patients with cervical radiculopathy. European Journal of Pain. 25 (5), 1162-1172

Liew, B., Lee, HY., Rügamer, D., De Nunzio, AM., Heneghan, NR., Falla, D. and Evans, DW., (2021). A novel metric of reliability in pressure pain threshold measurement. Scientific Reports. 11 (1), 6944-

Hegyi, A., Csala, D., Kovács, B., Péter, A., Liew, BXW., Yue, Y., Finni, T., Tihanyi, J. and Cronin, NJ., (2021). Superimposing hip extension on knee flexion evokes higher activation in biceps femoris than knee flexion alone. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 58, 102541-102541

Liew, BXW., Rugamer, D., Stocker, A. and De Nunzio, AM., (2020). Classifying neck pain status using scalar and functional biomechanical variables – development of a method using functional data boosting. Gait and Posture. 76, 146-150

Liew, BXW., Peolsson, A., Scutari, M., Löfgren, H., Wibault, J., Dedering, Å., Öberg, B., Zsigmond, P. and Falla, D., (2020). Probing the mechanisms underpinning recovery in post‐surgical patients with cervical radiculopathy using Bayesian networks. European Journal of Pain. 24 (5), 909-920

Liew, BXW., Sullivan, L., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2020). Mechanical work performed by distal foot-ankle and proximal knee-hip segments during anticipated and unanticipated cutting. Journal of Biomechanics. 106, 109839-109839

Liew, BXW., De Nunzio, AM., Srivastava, S. and Falla, D., (2020). Influence of low back pain and its remission on motor abundance in a low-load lifting task. Scientific Reports. 10 (1), 17831-

Liew, BXW., Peolsson, A., Rugamer, D., Wibault, J., Löfgren, H., Dedering, A., Zsigmond, P. and Falla, D., (2020). Clinical predictive modelling of post-surgical recovery in individuals with cervical radiculopathy: a machine learning approach. Scientific Reports. 10 (1), 16782-

Liew, BXW., Rugamer, D., De Nunzio, AM. and Falla, D., (2020). Interpretable machine learning models for classifying low back pain status using functional physiological variables.. European Spine Journal. 29 (8), 1845-1859

Liew, BXW., Abichandani, D. and De Nunzio, AM., (2020). Individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome have altered inter-leg force coordination.. Gait and Posture. 79, 65-70

Liew, BXW., Rugamer, D., Abichandani, D. and De Nunzio, AM., (2020). Classifying individuals with and without patellofemoral pain syndrome using ground force profiles - Development of a method using functional data boosting.. Gait and Posture. 80, 90-95

Liew, BXW., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2020). Trunk-pelvis coordination during load carriage running.. Journal of Biomechanics. 109, 109949-109949

Rosewilliam, S., Indramohan, V., Breakwell, R., Liew, BXW. and Skelton, J., (2019). Patient-centred orientation of students from different healthcare disciplines, their understanding of the concept and factors influencing their development as patient-centred professionals: a mixed methods study. BMC Medical Education. 19 (1), 347-

Murillo, C., Martinez-Valdes, E., Heneghan, NR., Liew, B., Rushton, A., Sanderson, A. and Falla, D., (2019). High-Density Electromyography Provides New Insights into the Flexion Relaxation Phenomenon in Individuals with Low Back Pain. Scientific Reports. 9 (1), 15938-

Liew, BXW., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2019). Defining gait patterns using Parallel Factor 2 (PARAFAC2): A new analysis of previously published data. Journal of Biomechanics. 90, 133-137

Liew, BXW., Scutari, M., Peolsson, A., Peterson, G., Ludvigsson, ML. and Falla, D., (2019). Investigating the Causal Mechanisms of Symptom Recovery in Chronic Whiplash-associated Disorders Using Bayesian Networks. Clinical Journal of Pain. 35 (8), 647-655

Liew, BXW., Yue, R., Cescon, C., Barbero, M. and Falla, D., (2019). Influence of experimental pain on the spatio-temporal activity of upper trapezius during dynamic lifting – An investigation using Bayesian spatio-temporal ANOVA. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 48, 1-8

Keogh, JWL., Cox, A., Anderson, S., Liew, B., Olsen, A., Schram, B. and Furness, J., (2019). Reliability and validity of clinically accessible smartphone applications to measure joint range of motion: A systematic review. PLoS One. 14 (5), e0215806-e0215806

Chappell, A., Liew, B., Murphy, AT., Gibson, N., Allison, GT., Williams, G. and Morris, SL., (2019). The effect of joint translation constraint on within-participant variability of kinematics and kinetics during running in cerebral palsy. Clinical Biomechanics. 63, 54-62

Liew, BXW., Morrison, A., Hobara, H., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2018). Not all brawn, but some brain. Strength gains after training alters kinematic motor abundance in hopping. PeerJ. 6 (11), e6010-e6010

Masters, A., Netto, K., Brooker, S., Hopper, D. and Liew, B., (2018). Hip Taping Positively Alters Running Kinematics in Asymptomatic Females. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 39 (14), 1068-1074

Liew, BXW., Del Vecchio, A. and Falla, D., (2018). The influence of musculoskeletal pain disorders on muscle synergies—A systematic review. PLoS One. 13 (11), e0206885-e0206885

Liew, BXW., Drovandi, CC., Clifford, S., Keogh, JWL., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2018). Joint-level energetics differentiate isoinertial from speed-power resistance training—a Bayesian analysis. PeerJ. 6 (4), e4620-e4620

Liew, BXW., Helwig, NE., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2018). Influence of proximal trunk borne load on lower limb countermovement joint dynamics. Journal of Biomechanics. 79, 223-226

Liew, BXW., Morris, S., Masters, A. and Netto, K., (2017). A comparison and update of direct kinematic-kinetic models of leg stiffness in human running. Journal of Biomechanics. 64, 253-257

Liew, B., Netto, K. and Morris, S., (2017). Increase in Leg Stiffness Reduces Joint Work During Backpack Carriage Running at Slow Velocities. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 33 (5), 347-353

Liew, B., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2016). The Effect of Backpack Carriage on the Biomechanics of Walking: A Systematic Review and Preliminary Meta-Analysis. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 32 (6), 614-629

Liew, BXW., Morris, S., Keogh, JWL., Appleby, B. and Netto, K., (2016). Effects of two neuromuscular training programs on running biomechanics with load carriage: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 17 (1), 1-10

Liew, BXW., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2016). The effects of load carriage on joint work at different running velocities. Journal of Biomechanics. 49 (14), 3275-3280

Liew, BXW., Morris, S., Robinson, MA. and Netto, K., (2016). Performance of a lateral pelvic cluster technical system in evaluating running kinematics. Journal of Biomechanics. 49 (9), 1989-1993

Liew, BXW., Morris, S. and Netto, K., (2016). Joint power and kinematics coordination in load carriage running: Implications for performance and injury. Gait & Posture. 47, 74-79

Grants and funding


Computational methods towards monitoring in-vivo hip joint loads during physical exercises (CHOOSE).

Academy of Medical Sciences

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