Mohsen Shafizadeh

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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.

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

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., 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.

Mohammed, A., Shafizadeh, M., & Platt, K.G. (2014). Effects of the level of expertise on the physical and technical demands in futsal. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14 (2), 473-481.

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.

Shafizadeh, M., Sproule, J., & Gray, S. (2013). The emergence of coordinative structures during offensive movement for goal-scoring in soccer. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 13 (3), 612-623.

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.

Shafizadeh, M. (2007). Relationships between goal orientation, motivational climate and perceived ability with intrinsic motivation and performance in physical education university students. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7 (19), 2866-2870.

Shafizadeh, M., Bahram, A., & Farokhi, A. (2007). Effect of attention of focus feedback on error-detection capability in bimanual coordination task. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7 (17), 2423-2429.

Shafizadeh, M. (2007). Effects of observational practice and gender on the self-efficacy and learning of aiming skill. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7 (17), 2490-2494.

Bahram, A., & Shafizadeh, M. (2006). A comparative and correlational study of the body-image in active and inactive adults and with body composition and somatotype. Journal of Applied Sciences, 6 (11), 2456-2460.

Conference papers

Ali, K., Shafizadeh, M., Nasr, N., Balchin, T., Hart, J., & Kelley, J. (2024). Older stroke survivors and rehabilitation therapists views on home-based resistance exercise for upper limbs. Age and Ageing, 53 (Supp 1).

Shafizadeh, M., Barnes, A., Bonner, S., Parvinpour, S., & Fraser, J. (2023). Mobility-related indicators of ageing in late adulthood: A neural network analysis [abstract only]. In The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology (AGen), Tokyo, Japan, and Online, 2023 - 3 April 2023.

Shafizadeh, M., Mucklow, C., Marsh, G., Churchill, S., Penitente, G., Jones, L., ... Fielding-Lloyd, B. (2023). Perceptions of barriers and facilitators to enhance applied work experience in sport science courses. In Annual Conference of Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University.

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.

Shafizadeh, M., Wheat, J., Davids, K., & Crowther, R. (2016). Motor synergy in people with neurological disorders: Applications for gait rehabilitation. In European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Congress, Lisbon, Portugal.

Shafizadeh, M. Effect of Biofeedback training on the EMG activity of Lower back muscles. In First International Middle-East and European congress of Spinal Surgery, Dubai, UAE.

Shafizadeh, M., & Bahram, A. Effect of Fitness Education, Fitness Training on the Motivation, Knowledge and Fitness Components. In International Youth Sport Congress, Lujbliana, Slovenia.

Shafizadeh, M. The roles of kinematics in variability and movement adaptations. In 11th International Sport Science Conference, Tehran,Iran.

Shafizadeh, M., Ming, L., & Bianchi-Berthouz, N. Development of quantitative tool for assessing the level of disability in gait performance of people with MS. In 5th Joint triennial congress of the European and Americas committees for treatment and research in multiple sclerosis, Amsterdam, Netherland.

Shafizadeh, M., Davids, K., Ansari, N., & Crowther, R. (2017). Perception-action coupling constraints swing leg when negotiating barriers in chronic stroke patients. In 23rd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, Seville, Spain, 2 July 2017 - 5 July 2017.

Shafizadeh, M., Bunner, S., Fraser, J., & Barnes, A. Multi-segment synergies during the tennis serve in expert performers. In Annual conference of The British Association of Sport and Exerfcise Science.

Shafizadeh, M., & Ali, A. Relationships between dynamic stability and walking ability in people with chronic stroke. In 12th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress, Paris, France.

Shafizadeh, M., Ali, K., & Parvinpour, S. (2020). Effects of home-based exercise on fall in community-dwelling older adults. In Scottish Physical Activity Research Conference, Online, 18 November 2020.

Alnasr, T., Shafizadeh, M., Butler, M., & Barnes, A. (2021). Prevalence of overuse shoulder injuries within competitive male volleyball players in Kuwait. In Annual conference of The British Association of Sport and Exerfcise Science, England, 2 November 2021.

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.


Shafizadeh, M. (2024). Stroke people strategies to prevent risks of falling in different walking conditions. Presented at: MiNT UK, London, 2024

Shafizadeh, M. (2009). Research methods in motor behaviour. Presented at: 1st National Conference in Motor Behaviour, Kerman.Iran

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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