School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Mandy S. Plumb

Phone: (03) 5327 6664 
Email: a.plumb@federation.edu.au
Room: P930
Position: Senior Lecturer Exercise and Sport Science
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science, University of Wales, Bangor, UK

Teaching areas

  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Accreditations

  • Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) (ESSA)
  • ISAK Level 3 Anthropometrist

Professional associations

  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia
  • International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA, Australia
  • Academic Course Accreditation Reviewer for ESSA

Grants and awards

  • 2010 Royal Society of Edinburgh International Exchange Programme: Linking the mechanics in gait with the cell/molecular biology cartilage-bone unit in normal subjects and subjects undergoing partial meniscectomy (£3,000),School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia,August – September 2010
  • 2010 Mentholatum Consultancy. Part 1 Stage II: Anti-inflammatory activity of Bionovex on human chondrocytes (£15,400), October 2009 – June 2010
  • 2010 NHS Grampian Endowments. Gene Expression in Elderly Human Cartilage: Effects of Loading and Obesity (£8,700), April 2010– March 2011.
  • 2009 Mentholatum Consultancy. Part 1 Stage I: Anti-inflammatory activity of Bionovex on human chondrocytes (£13,200), January 2009 – June 2009
  • 2008 NHS Grampian Endowments. Spinal Posture and the Dynamics of load and lifting (£11,770), April 2008 – March 2009.
  • 2007 Action Medical Research Project Grant, joint PI with Professor Richard Aspden: Mechanical factors in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.(£158,875), April 2008 – March 2011)
  • 2004 Tenovus-Scotland Grant.Investigating the response of elderly human articular cartilage to mechanical loading using gene expression analysis(£9,940).

Research interests

Mandy’s research involves understanding the mechanisms of motor control and coordination in children with movement problems, in particular children with Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia.  Below are some of her current studies.

Current Studies

  • Pre-frontal cortex activity in siblings with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Pre-frontal cortex activity using fNIRS, during various cognitive tasks in adults and children
  • Validation of developmental levels of the overarm throw in primary, high school and adults (18-60 yrs) cross-culturally in Australia and the USA
  • Perceived motor competence in children aged 12 – 18 yrs in regional and rural Western Victoria
  • Perceived and actual motor competence in children aged 12 – 18 yrs in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Publications

Rowlands, C. & Plumb, M.S. (2019). (Accepted subject to minor revisions). The effects of a 4-week barefoot exercise intervention on plantar pressure, impact, balance and pain in injured recreational runners: A pilot study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Beseler, B. & Plumb, M.S. (2018). 10 Tips for using video analysis more effectively in physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 90:1.

Prunty, M.M., Barnett, A.L., Wilmut, K., Plumb, M.S. (2016). The impact of handwriting difficulties on compositional quality in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 1-7.

Prunty, M.M., Barnett, A.L., Wilmut, K., Plumb, M.S. (2016). Visual Perceptual and handwriting skills in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science. 49: 54-65.

Prunty, M.M., Barnett, A.L., Wilmut, K., Plumb, M.S. (2014). An examination of writing pauses in the handwriting of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 35: 2894 – 2905.

Prunty, M.M., Barnett, A.L., Wilmut, K., Plumb, M.S. (2013). Handwriting speed in children with developmental coordination disorder: Are they really slower? Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34: 2927 – 2936.

Van Swieten, L.M., Van Bergen, E., Williams, J.H.G., Plumb M.S., Wilson A.D., Kent, S.W., Mon-Williams, M. (2010). A test of motor (not executive) planning in developmental co-ordination disorder and autism.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 36 (2): 493-499.

Todd, J., Mills, C., Wilson, A.D., Plumb, M.S., & Mon-Williams, M. (2009). Slow motor responses to visual stimuli of low salience in autism. Journal of Motor Behaviour. 41 (5): 419-426.

Kent, S., Wilson, A.D., Plumb, M.S., Williams, J.H.G., & Mon-Williams, M. (2009). Immediate movement history influences reach-to-grasp action selection in children and adults. Journal of Motor Behaviour. 41 (1): 10-15.

Plumb, M.S., Wilson, A.D., Mulroue, A., Brockman, A., Williams, J.H.G. & Mon-Williams, M. (2008). On-line corrections in children with & without Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Human Movement Science.27 (5): 695-704.

Pettit, L., Charles, J., Wilson, A.D., Plumb, M.S., Brockman, A., Williams, J.H.G. & Mon-Williams, M. (2008). Constrained action selection in children with developmental coordination disorder. Human Movement Science. 27 (2): 286-295.

Munro, H., Plumb, M.S., Williams, J.H.G., Mon-Williams, M. (2007). The effect of distance on reaction time in aiming movements. Experimental Brain Research,183 (2): 249-257.

Plumb, M.S., Treon, K. & Aspden, R. M. (2006). Competing regulation of matrix biosynthesis by mechanical & IGF-1 signalling in elderly human articular cartilage in vitro.   Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, General Subjects, 1760: 762-767.

Plumb, M.S. & Aspden, R.M. (2005). Lipids & OA in human joints. Proceedings of Hill’s European Symposium on Osteoarthritis and Joint Health (p 26-31), 2005.

Plumb, M.S.& Aspden, R.M. (2005). The response of elderly human articular cartilage to mechanical stimulus in vitro. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage,13: 1084 – 1091.

Plumb, M.S.& Aspden, R.M. (2004). High fat content of bone in OA. Lipids in Health & Disease, 3:12.

Research Higher Degree (last 5 years)

Dulan Kodikara, Doctor of Philosophy, Current. Head, neck and facial injuries in Australian community cricket.

Bradley Beseler, Doctor of Philosophy, Current. Can Interactive Video Technology Improve the Qualitative Movement Diagnosis and Performance of the Overhand Throw?

Melissa Prunty, Doctor of Philosophy, 2014. The Mechanisms of Motor Control and Coordination in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder