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Professor Markus O Heller 

Professor of Biomechanics

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Professor Markus O Heller is Professor of Biomechanics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Our research is based on the premise that an understanding of the interactions between function and the associated internal loading conditions during activities of daily living is an essential prerequisite for the treatment of injury and disease to the loco-motor apparatus and for the prevention of musculoskeletal injury and degeneration. Here, the forces acting on the bones and joints of the human skeleton are known to be multiples of bodyweight, even during normal daily activities. Overloading of these musculoskeletal structures can occur due to bone deformities, muscular deficits or disturbed movement patterns, which can all lead to failure of soft tissue structures and, in the longer term, degeneration of the entire joint. Through accurate and validated models of the mechanics of the human lower limb, determined using movement patterns gained from the gait lab, we are able to understand the subject specific loading conditions to better assess individual functional deficits and the risk of mechanical overload.

By capitalizing on a unique combination of complementary expertise our work aims to advance the understanding of musculoskeletal interactions in order to solve biomechanical problems relevant to the therapy of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Research group

Bioengineering Science

Research project(s)

Movement dysfunction in footballers with hip and groin pain

This study aims to investigate whether there are altered biomechanics, muscle activation and movement patterns in young footballers with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) that can cause hip and groin pain. More specifically, this study aims to establish appropriate functional tests from existing clinical tests, for examining kinematics and muscle activity, to determine the feasibility of test protocols for a larger study to examine mechanisms underlying movement dysfunction. This work forms the basis for studies to develop and evaluate exercise interventions to manage and prevent FAI.

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SESM6038 Computational methods in biomedical engineering design (module co-ordinator)

SESM3033 Orthopaedic Biomechanics (module co co-ordinator)

Professor Markus O Heller
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 7/4043/M7

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