Dylan Morrissey

Dylan Morrissey

Senior Clinical Lecturer & Consultant Physiotherapist

Dr Morrissey has over 20 years experience of working in sports and exercise medicine. He completed an MSc at University College London in 1998 and a PhD in 2005 at King’s College London. He is now a consultant physiotherapist and senior clinical lecturer in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Bart's and the London NHS trust / BL School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL. He leads a unique intercalated BSc in sports and exercise medicine and the MSc modules relating to sports injury assessment, and runs the Human Performance Laboratory. He has gained more than £2m in research funding, with the majority as first applicant, and has authored more than 30 peer reviewed full papers. His main research interests are tendinopathy, evidence translation and the link between movement and pathology. His current passion is paralympic sport, and he is a headquarters physiotherapist for London 2012.

Summary of Research

My overarching career objective as a clinical academic is to combine the best of educational, clinical and research practice in order to develop and deliver high quality evidence based physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Over a twenty year period, my activity in these three areas has progressed and I now hold a professionally unique combined appointment as a Consultant Physiotherapist in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM). My key research theme is the link between movement and pathology, whether that link serves as a diagnostic tool, treatment modality or outcome measure. To that end, I am the sole clinical consultant in a department with 800+ musculoskeletal referrals per month, co-manage a Human Performance Laboratory and direct an intercalated BSc in SEM. Over the last few years the balance of my work has become more academic, with a corresponding acceleration in grant acquisition and paper publication. My medium term goal is to make best use of the skills and collaborations I have developed, that underpin the £2m pounds of research and development funding I have secured so far. My long term goal is to deliver step changes in the understanding and management of common musculoskeletal conditions.

Members of the Group

Research staff: Dr Corey Joseph (PDRA); Charlie Waugh (PDR); Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown (Research fellow)
Project supervisor: Dr Christian Barton

Key Publications

For a full list of publist publications click here

Rowe V, Hemmings S, Barton C, Malliaras P, Maffulli N, Morrissey D. Conservative management of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy: a mixed methods study, integrating systematic review and clinical reasoning. Sports Medicine 2012; 42 (11): 941-967

Worsley P, Warner M, Mottram S, Gadola S, Veeger EJ, Hermens H, Morrissey D, Little P, Cooper C, Carr A, Stokes M. Motor control retraining exercises for shoulder impingement: effects on function, muscle activation, and biomechanics in young adults. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: published online 03 September 2012. 

Griffin C, Chung C, Tzortziou-Brown V, Westwood O, King JB,  Morrissey D. Capturing the Combined Clinic: Inter-Professional Multimedia Musculoskeletal Examination as a Teaching Resource (RCR-12-1187) Rheumatology: Current Research 2012 (in press, final proofs approved)

Barton C, Lack S, Malliaras P, Morrissey D. Gluteal muscle activity and patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med 2012 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-090953

Herman K, Barton C, Malliaras P, Morrissey D.  The effectiveness of functional neuromuscular warm-up strategies for preventing Lower Limb Injuries during sports participation: a systematic review BMC Medicine 2012, 10:75 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-75

Morrissey D, Graham J, Screen H, Sinha A, Small C, Twycross-Lewis R, Woledge R. Coronal plane hip muscle activation in football code athletes with chronic adductor groin strain injury during standing hip flexion. Man Ther. 2012 Apr;17(2):145-9.

Hemmings S, Conner A, Maffulli N, Morrissey D. Cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescent British South Asians and whites: a pilot study. Postgrad Med. 2011 Mar;123(2):104-11.

O'Halloran P, Tzortziou Brown V, Morgan K, Maffulli N, Perry M, Morrissey D. The role of the sports and exercise medicine physician in the National Health Service: a questionnaire-based survey. Br J Sports Med 43(14):1143-1148 Dec 200

Morrissey D, Morrissey MC, Driver W, King JB, Woledge RC (2008) Manual landmark identification and tracking during the medial rotation test of the shoulder: An accuracy study using three-dimensional ultrasound and motion analysis measures. Manual Therapy, Volume 13, Issue 6, Pages 529-535

Hooper DM, Morrissey MC, Drechsler WI, Morrissey D, King JB. (2001) Open and closed kinetic chain exercises in the early period after ACLreconstruction: Improvements in level walking, stair ascent and descent. American Journal of Sports Medicine 29: 167-174





Dr Dylan Morrissey
Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Physiotherapist
Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine
William Harvey Research Institute
Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Hospital
Bancroft road
London E1 4DG
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