Rehabilitation & Performance (REAP)

REAP is just one of many Research Clusters at Plymouth Marjon University. Click here for details on other Research Clusters.


Our expertise in health and rehabilitation science includes – but is not limited to – techniques related to the biomechanics of human movement (inverse dynamics), diagnostic ultrasound imaging, exercise and functional physiology and rehabilitation, isokinetic muscle strength assessments, sport psychology and speech and language therapy/sciences.

Research themes within REAP include:

  • Rehabilitation for people with musculoskeletal disorders e.g. spinal disorders, upper and lower limbs disorders.
  • Biomechanics of sport and exercise e.g. golf swing analysis, gait analysis
  • Sport psychology e.g. motivational self-talk intervention, analysis of psychological demand
  • Respiratory Physiology and Rehabilitation e.g. inspiratory muscle training in obesity
  • Use of diagnostic ultrasound imaging in clinical assessment and rehabilitation e.g. nerve movement, tendinopathy
  • Innovative rehabilitation programmes in improving sports performance, e.g. elastic taping and sports performance
  • Conducting and managing randomized clinical trials in various conditions e.g. physical activity training as part of back pain, cancer fibromyalgia, and leg ulcer rehabilitation
  • Science and rehabilitation of speech, language, voice and communication disorders

Staff Member Gary Shum


Director: Dr Gary Shum



Professor Andrew Edwards





Sports Therapy & Rehab - Our Services


Our Biomechanics & Physiology laboratories are based in our state-of-the-art sports centre at the Plymouth Marjon University, our laboratories are home to a range of highly advanced equipment for elite sports performance, and health and exercise research. The University also houses laboratories for Speech, Voice, Psychology and the Neurocognition of Language .