Mark Sanderson

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Dr Mark Sanderson completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2014.  The focus of his PhD was the acute neuromuscular effects of whole body vibration on performance. 

In 2006 he qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist and from 2007 until 2012 Dr Mark Sanderson worked in NHS musculoskeletal out-patients.  After joining the University of the West of Scotland, Dr Mark Sanderson held the role of Programme Leader for BSc (Hons). Sport & Exercise Science.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Dr Mark Sanderson's research interests include exercise and neuromuscular physiology, performance testing and sport physiotherapy and rehabilitation.  His experience has included working with international elite athletes such as:

  • FIA Young Drivers Excellence Academy
  • Scotland Women's National Football Team
  • Motherwell Football Club
  • Clinical patient populations (author in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)
  • National governing bodies such as Sport Scotland.  

Dr Mark Sanderson also provides sport science support and physiotherapy to UWS Sport Scholarship Scheme. 

In addition, Dr Sanderson has provided applied sport science support within the UWS Sport Performance and Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC) to individuals and teams using field based performance testing and lab based environmental acclimatisation sessions.

Current research activities

Dr Mark Sanderson’s research interests include a wide area of sport & exercise science to physiotherapy and rehabilitation.  His primary focus is whole body vibration and its application for performance enhancement and rehabilitation.  Other keen research interests include:

  • Physiological performance fitness testing
  • Neuromuscular physiology
  • Sports injury, exercise prescription and rehabilitation
  • Falls prevention
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Occupational health and ergonomic assessment

Desired research direction

To develop applied Sport Science research collaborations with external bodies, professional sports teams, athletes and national governing bodies.

To develop clinical research collaborations with NHS partners and other bodies focussed on patient rehabilitation.

In discussion with other professional teams regarding both physiotherapy and sport science support and knowledge exchange.

Establishing SPARC (Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Centre) which aims to enhance your training and competition practices.  Sport science and physiotherapy services offered at SPARC are delivered by a team of highly qualified practitioners and therapists.

Future research collaborations and knowledge exchange opportunities include occupational health, fitness to work and the provision of physiotherapy services as well as providing sport science support services.

Target collaborative companies

UWS Sport Performance and Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC).

Carbon Black Systems Ltd, lightweight wheelchair

Target collaborative organisations

NHS Lanarkshire.

North & South Lanarkshire Council.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Whole Body Vibration

Measurements in Sport & Exercise Science

Exercise Physiology

Neuromuscular Physiology

Physical Activity

Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation

Stroke Rehabilitation

Sports Injury

Ergonomic Assessment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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