Dr Liba Sheeran
Senior Lecturer (Research and Teaching),and Programme Manager: Professional Doctorate
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (University of the West of England), June 1999
MSc Sports Physiotherapy (Cardiff University), June 2006
PhD (Cardiff University), Jan 2010
I work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology, Cardiff University. I am also involved in Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre (ARUK BBC) at Cardiff University, in the spinal osteoarthritis branch with responsibilities of ensuring that the generated research is being translated into the clinical practice. This includes co-supervision a PhD student ('Are motor control impairments in subgroups of chronic low back pain present consistently in range of functional tasks? Does this contribute to development of osteoarthritis in the spine?') in form of mentoring, project management, development of the study protocol and reading drafts. I also lecture on Clinical Biomechanics and Kinaesiology, Sports Physiotherapy and Neuromuscular Physiotherapy MSc Modules at Cardiff University and Sports Medicine and Exercise MSc at UWIC, Cardiff. I am involved in reviewing of grant applications and manuscripts for publications.
In addition to my research I also work as a Senior Physiotherapist at Sport Council for Wales with Welsh and UK Athletics and Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic at National Indoor Athletic Centre in Cardiff. I have over 10 years experience working in Sport Physiotherapy, Private Practice, Occupational Health as well as the National Health Service. I am actively involved in high performance sport as an HQ Physiotherapist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the 2007 World Winter University Games in Turin, the 2006 World Archery Championships in Slovakia, the 2005 British University Games in Wales and work with British Orienteering Federation (2006-2009). My clinical work informs my research exploring the mechanisms underlining development of chronic low back pain and ways to rehabilitate impaired motor control to prevent and manage injuries and enhance sports performance.
My current research activity involves a continuation of my PhD work on 'Motor Control in non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) when subclassified' , exploring novel rehabilitation methods using visual and positional feedback and imagery with the purpose of inducing improvements in motor control, clinical outcomes and how patients perceive their condition. I also have an interest in exploring the use of classification to guide interventions. I am currently in process of getting a grant funding and a fellowship to carry out a staged project that involves a collaboration with the disciplines of bioengineering, computer science, biomechanics to develop a novel rehabilitation programme that has the flexibility to be adapted to a particular classification subgroup of NSCLBP, gathering evidence for its effectiveness in the laboratory setting, continuing onto a feasibility in a clinical setting and running it into a multi-centre controlled clinical trial.