Lack, Simon

Lecturer and Specialist MSK Physiotherapist

Dr Lack completed his PhD in 2017, having investigated the interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the development and management of patellofemoral pain.  During his doctoral studies, he continued to work as a specialist physiotherapist within private sports medicine facilities and with elite scholarship athletes.  He graduated from Queen Mary University in 2011 with a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine, and has been building his clinical academic career since.  He currently co-leads the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine programme, combining his clinical and academic experience to guide the delivery and development of the programme.   His main research interests centre on the assessment and delivery of targeted interventions, through a greater understanding of treatment effect mechanisms, for common knee complaints, in particular patellofemoral pain and patellofemoral osteoarthritis.  

Summary of Research

The clinical application and implementation of evidence-based medicine is the primary objective of my academic endeavours.  I have had the privilege of working with fantastic collaborators both nationally and internationally, producing peer reviewed publication and translational resources to help achieve this objective.   Research studies completed as part of my MSc and PhD studies have included both laboratory and clinical based measurements, in combination with audit and questionnaire studies, which have been conducted within both asymptomatic and patient populations.  I have secured multiple small project grants to complete these studies and look forward to developing these research ideas to deliver within larger scale, pragmatic clinical trials. 



Key Publications

Lack, S., Barton, C., Sohan, O., Crossley, K., & Morrissey, D. (2015). Proximal muscle rehabilitation is effective for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis. British journal of sports medicine, bjsports-2015.

Lack, S., Barton, C., Vicenzino, B., & Morrissey, D. (2014). Outcome Predictors for Conservative Patellofemoral Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine, 1-14.

Lack, S., Barton, C., Woledge, R., Laupheimer, M., & Morrissey, D. (2014). The immediate effects of foot orthoses on hip and knee kinematics and muscle activity during a functional step-up task in individuals with patellofemoral pain. Clinical Biomechanics.

Lack, S., Barton, C., Malliaras, P., Twycross-Lewis, R., Woledge, R., & Morrissey, D. (2014). The effect of anti-pronation foot orthoses on hip and knee kinematics and muscle activity during a functional step-up task in healthy individuals: A laboratory study. Clinical Biomechanics, 29(2), 177-182.

Barton, C. J., Lack, S., Malliaras, P., & Morrissey, D. (2012). Gluteal muscle activity and patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. British journal of sports medicine, bjsports-2012.

Barton, C. J., Lack, S., Hemmings, S., Tufail, S., & Morrissey, D. (2015). The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’: incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning. British journal of sports medicine, 49(14), 923-934.

Barton, C., Balachandar, V., Lack, S., & Morrissey, D. (2013). Patellar taping for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate clinical outcomes and biomechanical mechanisms. British journal of sports medicine, bjsports-2013.

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