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Co-course Leader in Applied Sport and Exercise Science (MSc), Dr Mohsen Shafizadeh

Senior Lecturer


Mohsen Shafizadeh teaches motor control and movement analysis on the sport and exercise science related degrees and cover both sport and clinical settings. Current research interests include skill acquisition, movement re-acquisition and using constrained-led approach in practice for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.


Mohsen Shafizadeh was appointed to the academic staff of the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity in 2012. He has teaching responsibilities in the areas of skill acquisition and performance analysis and he has role as module leader for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

His research expertise lies mainly in the acquisition and re-acquisition of motor skills and analysis performance in both healthy population and people with long-term neurological conditions. Another area is application of theories of ecological-dynamic in practice for talent development and skill refinement.

Before he came to Sheffield Hallam University, he had a postdoc research position in University College London on a funded project in low-back pain and physical activity and he was responsible to record muscle activity using wireless EMG systems in different types of movement patterns. He graduated in 2004 in motor behaviour and his PhD dissertation was about attentional focus and learning bimanual coordination skills in anticipatory tasks.

Specialist areas of interest

Movement rehabilitation, movement analysis, motor control and learning, performance analysis


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Perception-action coupling in real contexts
Motor variability in people with stroke during walking
Motor control in people with long-term neurological conditions
Gait re-education in people with stroke
Dual-tasking and task constraints in rehabilitation of motor disorders

Movement Science

Sport and Exercise Science

Motor control, performance analysis


Journal articles

Shafizadeh, M., Bonner, S., Fraser, J., Parvinpour, S., Shabani, M., & Barnes, A. (2023). Effects of sport participation on gait coordination, symmetry and variability in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Shafizadeh, M., Farina, N., & Parvinpour, S. (2022). Effects of motor learning interventions on walking performance and physical function in older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Shafizadeh, M., Parvinpour, S., & Ali, K. (2022). Effect of home-based exercise on falls in community-dwelling older adults: an umbrella review. Sport Sciences for Health.

Shafizadeh, M., Parvinpour, S., & Barnes, A. (2022). Applying the principles of motor learning in preventative programmes of overuse injuries in young athletes: a scoping review. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 10 (2), 328-349.

Parvinpour, S., Balali, M., Shafizadeh, M., Samimi Pazhuh, F., Duncan, M., & Broom, D. (2021). Locomotion postural variability and coordination in boys with overweight. Adaptive Behavior.

Shafizadeh, M., Parvinpour, S., Balali, M., Samimi Pazhuh, F., & Broom, D. (2021). Effects of locomotion task constraints on running in boys with overweight/obesity: the mediating role of developmental delays. Gait and Posture, 86, 354-359.

Shafizadeh, M., Shahab, P., Marzie, B., & Mohsen, S. (2020). Effects of age and task difficulty on postural sway, variability and complexity. Adaptive Behavior.

Balali, M., Parvinpour, S., & Shafizadeh, M. (2020). Effect of motor development levels on kinematic synergies during two-hand catching in children. Motor Control, 24 (4), 543-557.

Shafizadeh, M., Manson, J., Fowler-Davis, S., Ali, K., Lowe, A., Stevenson, J., ... Davids, K. (2020). Effects of Enriched Physical Activity Environments on Balance and Fall Prevention in Older Adults: A Scoping Review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Shafizadeh, M., Bonner, S., Barnes, A., & Fraser, J. (2019). Effects of task and environmental constraints on axial kinematic synergies during the tennis service in expert players. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-9.

Shafizadeh, M., Sharifnezhad, A., & Wheat, J. (2019). Age-related changes to motor synergies in multi-joint and multi-finger manipulative skills: a meta-analysis. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 (10), 2349-2362.

Parvinpour, S., Shafizadeh, M., Balali, M., Abbasi, A., Wheat, J., & Davids, K. (2019). Effects of a developmental task constraints intervention on kinematic synergies during two-hand catching in children with developmental delays. Journal of Motor Behavior.

Shafizadeh, M., Theis, N., & Davids, K. (2019). Locomotor adaptations during RaceRunning in people with neurological motor disorders. Adapted physical activity quarterly.

Shafizadeh, M., Wheat, J., Kelley, J., & Nourian, R. (2019). Stroke survivors exhibit stronger lower extremity synergies in more challenging walking conditions. Experimental Brain Research.

Shafizadeh, M., Crowther, R., Wheat, J., & Davids, K. (2019). Effects of personal and task constraints on limb coordination during walking: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Biomechanics, 61, 1-10.

Shafizadeh, M., Bonner, S., Fraser, J., & Barnes, A. (2018). Effect of environmental constraints on multi-segment coordination patterns during the tennis service in expert performers. Journal of sports sciences, 37 (9), 1011-1020.

Wang, C., Redgrave, J., Shafizadehkenari, M., Majid, A., Kilner, K., & Ali, A.N. (2018). Aerobic exercise interventions reduce blood pressure in patients after stroke or transient ischaemic attack: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Crowther, R., Ali, A., & Davids, K. (2017). Effects of dual task constraints on intra-limb coordination during treadmill walking in people with chronic stroke. Clinical Kinesiology, 71 (2), 8-18.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Wheat, J., Davids, K., Ansari, N.N., Ali, A., & Samira, G. (2017). Constraints on perception of information from obstacles during foot clearance in people with chronic stroke. Experimental Brain Research, 235 (6), 1665-1676.

Shafizadehkenari, M. (2016). Movement coordination during Sit-to-Stand in low back persons. Human Movement, 17 (2), 107-111.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Davids, K., Correia, V., Wheat, J., & Hizan, H. (2015). Informational constraints on interceptive actions of elite football goalkeepers in 1 v1 dyads during competitive performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (17), 1596-1601.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Hasanzadeh, H., Akhondi, O., Ghasami, M., & Rashidzadeh, P. (2015). The effect of cognitive dual-tasking under task constraint on spatiotemporal gait parameters in people with long-term neurological condition. Journal of Physical Therapy.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Lago-Penas, C., Gridley, A., & Platt, G.K. (2014). Temporal analysis of losing possession of the ball leading to conceding a goal : a study of the incidence of perturbation in soccer. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 (4), 627-636.

Scholes, R., & Shafizadeh, M. (2014). Prediction of successful performance from fielding indicators in cricket : Champions League T20 tournament. Sports Technology, 7 (1-2), 62-68.

Shafizadehkenari, M., & Taylor, M. (2013). Performance Consistency of International Soccer Teams in Euro 2012: a Time Series Analysis. Journal of Human Kinetics, 38, 169-177.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Watson, P.J., & Mohammadi, B. (2013). Intra-limb coordination in gait pattern in healthy peopleand multiple sclerosis patients. Clinical Kinesiology, 67 (3), 32-38.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Platt, G.K., & Bahram, A. (2013). Effects of focus of attention and types of practice on learning and self-efficacy in dart throwing. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 117 (1), 182-192.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Platt, G.K., & Mohammadi, B. (2013). Effects of different focus of attention rehabilitative training on gait performance in Multiple Sclerosis patients. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 17 (1), 28-34.

Shafizadehkenari, M., & Platt, G.K. (2012). Effect of verbal cueing on trajectory anticipation in the penalty kick among novice football goalkeepers1. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 114 (1), 174-184.

Shafizadehkenari, M., Abolfazli, R., & Platt, G.K. (2012). Effect of visual force biofeedback on balance control in people with Multiple Sclerosis- a Pilot Quasi-experimental study. Journal of Physical Therapy, 6 (1), 21-27.

Shafizadehkenari, M. (2012). An exploratory analysis of losing possession in professional soccer. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12, 14-23.

Shafizadehkenari, M., McMorris, T., & Sproule, J. (2011). Effect of different external attention of focus instruction on learning of golf putting skill. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 113 (2), 662-670.

Shafizadehkenari, M., & Gray, S. (2011). Development of a behavioural assessment system for achievement motivation in soccer matches. Journal of quantitative analysis in sports, 7 (3).

Shafizadehkenari, M., & Mehdizadeh, M. (2009). Relationship between maternal distress with fetus growth rate: mediator role of heart rate. Journal of Applied Sciences, 9 (1), 193-196.

Akbari, H., Abdoli, B., Shafizadehkenari, M., Khalaji, H., Hajihosseini, S., & Ziaee, V. (2009). The effect of traditional games in fundamental motor skilldevelopment in 7-­9 year old boys. Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, 19 (2), 123-129.

Shafizadehkenari, M. (2008). Qualitative analysis of aggressive behaviors in the adolescent, youth and adult soccer world cups. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 8 (3), 40-48.

Conference papers

Anderson, E., Stone, J., Dunn, M., Shafizadeh, M., & Heller, B. (2019). Evaluating representative design in tennis practice tasks. In 3rd Scientific Conference on Motor Skill Acquisition.

Anderson, E., Stone, J., Shafizadeh, M., Dunn, M., & Heller, B. (2018). Representative Movement Behaviour Measurement in Sport: Gold Standard Measurement versus Gold Standard Data. In Measuring Behavior Conference.

Shafizadeh, M., Wheat, J., Kelley, J., & Davids, K. (2017). Effects of different walking constraints on motor synergy in people with chronic stroke [abstract only]. In European Society of Biomechanics Conference, Seville, Spain, 3 July 2017 - 5 July 2017.

Book chapters

Shafizadehkenari, M., & Platt, G. (2013). Motor control and variability in human gait pattern. In Lopez, M., & Gillingham, A. (Eds.) Treadmills: Kinematic Variability, Uses in Therapy & Effects on Muscle Activity. (pp. 1-42). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Publisher:


Platt, G.K., Shafizadehkenari, M., & Revolta, G. (2012). Children and handedness: making the right choices. Nova Publisher.

Postgraduate supervision

Emma Anderson-Movement analysis in tennis; Tanseem Alnaser-Overuse injuries in Volleyball; Rokaya Alshatti-Funcational tests in pregnant women

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