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The Sensor Physiotherapy Intervention (SPIN) Research Group

The SPIN research group is active across a range of multidisciplinary projects to make positive changes to the delivery of healthcare management for musculoskeletal and diabetic conditions.

The SPIN research group incorporates a team of Clinical Engineers and Physiotherapists specialising in clinical movement science. This group brings together skills and experiences from both disciplines to address challenges brought about by musculoskeletal and diabetic conditions.


  1. To improve understanding of human movement strategies and the applications of biomechanical analysis to optimise movement assessments into clinical practice
  2. To generate recommendations on how individuals with musculoskeletal conditions can benefit from exercise based on objective functional tests
  3. To find innovative ways of treating individuals with musculoskeletal and diabetic conditions using technology in the clinic and home settings


The SPIN research group aims to use digital technology and movement science to find innovative solutions in improving the quality of healthcare provision for those living with musculoskeletal conditions and Diabetes.

We have access to laboratories with a range of state-of-the-art equipment, allowing us to complete high quality research in clinical movement analysis and physiotherapy.

Although not an exhaustive list, equipment and facilities we have access to include:


  • The Wales European Funding Office, Development of a Physiotherapy Intelligent Virtual Reality System, February 2021 for 6 months, (Mohammad Al-Amri (PI) & Kate Button (applicant))
  • The European Regional Development Fund via the INTERREG France (Channel) England programme, Early Warning Wearable Device (EWWD) Project: An Innovative Remote Monitoring Solution That Supports Patients with Musculoskeletal Disorders and Diabetes, Whilst Creating Efficiencies in Clinical Management of Disorders, October 2020 for 30 months, (Mohammad Al-Amri (PI) & Kate Button (applicant))
  • The Wales European Funding Office, Personalisation of Rehabilitation for Body Motion Related Injuries Through Wearable Electronics, January 2021-Jan 2022, (Mohammad Al-Amri (PI) & Kate Button (applicant))
  • Institutional Strategic Support Welcome Trust Mobility and Skills research award, Consolidate Research Collaboration with the Research Group at University of Melbourne: Usability and acceptability of a portable virtual reality toolkit for people with knee pain, January- June 2020, (Mohammad Al-Amri (PI) & Kate Button (applicant)
  • Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair Seedcorn award, “Development of a Portable Virtual Reality Physiotherapy Game for Knee Rehabilitation”, August 2019 – January 2020,  (Mohammad Al-Amri (PI) & Kate Button (applicant)
  • Institutional Strategic Support Fund Welcome Trust Public Engagement Proof-of-Concept award, “Stakeholder evaluation of a sensor-based movement toolkit intervention for physiotherapy of knee conditions: an all Wales approach”, August 2018 – August 2019, (Mohammad Al-Amri (PI) & Kate Button (applicant)
  • Research capacity building collaboration Wales, “The patient experience of a biomechanically informed movement feedback approach to physiotherapy using wearable sensor technology”, July 2018 – June 2019, (Kate Button (PI))

Meet the team

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Applied Technology in Clinical Human Movement Analysis: This two-day course aims to provide comprehensive training in the principles of clinical technology essential to physiotherapy development


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