Dr Grant Mawston

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext7180

Email: gmawston@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room AA261, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote 0627, Auckland, New Zealand 

Postal Address:

Department of Physiotherapy
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142



Links to relevant web pages:
http://www.aut.ac.nz/research/research-institutes/hrrc/our-staff/grant-mawston

Qualifications:

PhD, PgDipHSc, BPhty, BPhed

Memberships and Affiliations:

New Zealand Society of Physiotherpist
New Zealand manipulative therapists association
CPX international Inc

Biography:

Grant Mawston is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy and a co-director of the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute who has a particular interest in exercise-based rehabilitation and neuromuscular control of the lumbar spine. Grant’s teaching expertise is in the area of exercise physiology and rehabilitation, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  Prior to joining AUT University, Grant worked in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and was the physiotherapist for New Zealand Gymnastics team over a number of years.  Grant’s PhD focused on the neuromuscular control and spinal kinematic responses during sudden loading and manual handling tasks, with a particular focus on spinal posture and fatigue.  Grant's research interests have included measures of fatigue during prolonged cycling, exercise-based rehabilitation, the acute effects of manual therapy on spinal motion, 3-D analysis of human movement, and post operative surgical outcomes following hamstring reattachment.
Grant's other research interests have included measures of fatigue during prolonged cycling, the acute effects of manual therapy on spinal motion, 3-D analysis of human movement, motor control of individuals with Down Syndrome, and exercise-based rehabilitation.  Grant currently has an active role in clinical practice and has been involved in the recent establishment of the Cardiopulmonary Pre-operative Exercise Testing Unit for the Waitemata District Health Board.         
 

Teaching Areas:

  • Exercise physiology and prescription
    Biomechanics
    Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Research Areas:

  1. Biomechanics of the lumbar spine
  2. Muscle electromyography
  3. Muscle fatigue
  4. Exercise physiology and prescription
  5. Outcome measures following hamstring surgery

Research Summary:

Grant’s primary research focus is on the neuromuscular control of spinal motion during functional tasks.  His PhD examined neuromuscular lumbar motion responses to sudden loading and repetitive lifting with a specific focus on the influences of posture and fatigue.   Grant’s current research project is investigating the neuromuscular, physiological and biomechanical differences between young and middle aged males during repetitive lifting.  Grant is also involved in a project that focuses on the effects of spinal posture on torque production and muscle activation parameters, as well as involvement in a collaborative project with Associate Professor Simeon Cairns investigating psychophysical and physiological measures of fatigue during prolong cycling.  His other research interests also include exercise interventions for musculoskeletal injury. Grant is an emerging researcher would has presented at a number of national and international conferences and published in his field of interest.

Current Research Projects:

  1. The effects of repetitive lifting on postural, psychophysical, and physiological responses in young and middle aged individuals.
  2. Influence of spinal postioning on lumbar spine torque production and trunk muscle activation.
  3. Fatigue Measures During Prolonged Cycling To Exhaustion.
  4. Effects of strength training and partial blood flow occlusion on strength measures.
  5. Preoperative cardiopulmonary testing in high-risk surgical patients.
  6. Functional outcomes following repair of complete tears of the proximal hamstring origin. 
     

Publications:

  1. Mawston, G. A. and Boocock, M. G. (2015). Lumbar posture biomechanics and its influence on the functional anatomy of the erector spinae and multifidus. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20 (3) , 178-186.
  2. Boocock, M. G., Mawston, G. A. and Taylor, S. (2015). Age-related differences do affect postural kinematics and joint kinetics during repetitive lifting. Clinical Biomechanics, 30, 136-143.
  3. Mawston, G. A. and Boocock, M. G. (2012). The effect of lumbar posture on spinal loading and the function of the erector spinae:  implications for exercise and vocational rehabilitation.  New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 40, 3, 137-142.
  4. McIntyre, J. P. R., Mawston, G. A., & Cairns, S. P. (2012). Changes of whole-body power, muscle function, and jump performance with prolonged cycling to exhaustion. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7(4), 332-339.
  5. McIntyre, J. P. R., Mawston, G. A., & Cairns, S. P. (2012). Changes of whole-body, muscle and jump performance with prolonged cycling to exhaustion. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, In Press.
  6. Boocock MG, Mawston G. 2012.  The effects of repetitive lifting on heart rate responses and perceived exertion in a young and middle-aged population. In Advances in Physical Ergonomics and Safety. Editors: Ahram TZ, Karwowski W. 431-438. CRC Press 2012.
  7. Mawston GA, Boocock MG.  Lumbar spine kinematics and erector spinae muscle fatigue in young and middle aged adults during repetitive lifting.  Brisbane, Australia, 19 Jul 2012 - 21 Jul 2012. Proceedings Editors: Tucker K, Butler B, Hodges P. Neuroplasticity, Motor control, Cutting¬‐Edge Technology & Rehabilitation Proceedings of the XIXth Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology & Kinesiology. 2012
  8. Boocock, M. G., Mawston, G. and Smith, R. (2010).  Chapter 44. The effects of repetitive lifting on lumbar spinal motion in a young and middle-aged population. In: Advances in Occupational, Social and Organizational Ergonomics (Edited by: Peter Vink and Jussi Kantola), CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.
  9. Kayes, N. M., Schluter, P. J., McPherson, K. M., Leete, M., Mawston, G., & Taylor, D. (2009). Exploring actical accelerometers as an objective measure of physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis.Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(4), 594-601.
  10. Leete, M., Kayes, N., Mawston, G., Schluter, P., McPherson, K., & Taylor, D. (2008). Exploring Actical accelerometers as an objective measure of physical activity in people with stroke and multiple sclerosis [Abstract].   Proceedings of the In 10th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine Abstract Book (p.294). Tokyo, Japan: International Society of Behavioural Medicine.
  11. Mawston, G. A., McNair, P. J., & Boocock, M. G. (2007). The effects of prior warning and lifting-induced fatigue on trunk muscle and postural responses to sudden loading during manual handling.  Ergonomics, 50(12), 2157-2170.
  12. Mawston, G. A., McNair, P. J., & Boocock, M. G. (2007). The effects of prior exposure, warning, and initial standing posture on muscular and kinematic responses to sudden loading of a hand-held box.  Clinical Biomechanics, 22(3), 275-281.
  13. McNair, P. J., Portero, P., Chiquet, C., Mawston, G., & Lavaste, F. (2007). Acute neck pain: cervical spine range of motion and position sense prior to and after joint mobilization.  Manual Therapy, 12(4), 390-394.
  14. Sprigings, E., McNair, P., Mawston, G., Sumner, D., Boocock, M. (2006).  Predicting optimal blade size for competition in flat water kayaking. Sports Engineering, 9:147-153.
  15. Anson J. G., and Mawston, G. A. 2000.  Down Syndrome: Patterns of muscle activation in Simple Reaction-Time Tasks.   In Weeks, D., Chua, R., and Elliot, D. (eds), Perceptual-Motor Behavior in Down Syndrome (pp1-24).  Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, USA.
Conference presentations
  1. Mawston, G. A., Boocock, M. A., & Holder, L. (2014). The effect of lumbar posture and pelvic fixation on back extensor torque and paravertebral muscle activity during maximal lifting. In F. Felici, I. Bazzucchi, A. Conti, L. Gizzi, A. Macaluso, & P. Sbriccoli (Eds.), ISEK 2014. XX Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology.  Book of proceedings (pp. 394). Rome.
  2. Mawston, G. A., Boocock, M. G., & Holder, L. (2014). The influence of lumbar posture on back extensor torque and muscle activity of the erector spinae and multifuds muscle groups during maximal lifting. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2014: Linking the chain (pp. 105). New Zealand.
  3. Mawston, G. A., Boocock, M. G., Parsons, R., Milicich, W. (2014). Effects of a manual handling training intervention on postural stability, trunk angle and bending moments during reaching and lifting. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand, 10th – 11th July, Auckland, New Zealand.
  4. Mawston, G. A., Kalinowski, P., & Reay, N. (2014). An exercise intervention to improve outcomes for high-risk individuals undergoing major abdominal surgery:  A case study. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2014: Linking the chain. Auckland, New Zealand.
  5. Boocock, M. G., Mawston, G. A., Ashby, L. and Trevelyan, F. (2014). Do experienced workers adopt different manual materials handling techniques compared to novices? Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group (OHSIG) Conference: Worldclass Workplace: Achieving Excellence Together, 10-12 Sept, Auckland, New Zealand.
  6. Boocock, M. G., Holder, L., & Mawston, G. A. (2013). The effects of pelvis fixation and lumbar posture on back extensor torque. In PREMUS 2013: Eighth International Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Busan, Korea.
  7. Holder, L., Mawston, G., & Boocock, M. (2013). The effect of lumbar posture on back extensor torque and paravertebral muscle activation. In New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association Biennial Scientific Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand
  8. Mawston, G. A., Boocock, M. G., & McNair, P. J. (2010). The effects of posture and fatigue on lumbar motion and erector spinae muscle activation during high frequency lifting and lowering.  Oral presentation PREMUS 2010. 7th International Conference on Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Angers, France.  August 29th –September 3rd.
  9. Mawston, G. A., McNair, P. J., Boocock, M. G. (2010).  Lumbar spine kinematics and trunk muscle activation in stoop and squat lifters during repetitive lifting and lowering to fatigue..  Oral presentation ISEK 2010.  The XVIII congress of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Aalborg, Denmark.  June 16th-19th.
  10. Boocock, M. G., Mawston, G. A. and Smith, R. (2010).  The effects of repetitive lifting on lumbar spinal motion in a young and middle-aged population. Oral presentation 3rd Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference, Miami, Florida, 17th – 20th July, 2010.
  11. Mawston, G. A., McNair, P. J., & Boocock, M. G. (2007, 2nd-6th June). Muscular and kinematic responses of the trunk and lower limb to sudden loading: effects of posture, warning and fatigue.  Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of The World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Vancouver, Canada.
  12. Mawston G. A., McNair, P.J., and Boock, M. G. (2006, May).  Muscular and kinematic responses of the trunk and lower limb to sudden loading during manual handling:  effects of warning, posture, and fatigue.  Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy Biennial Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  13. Kilby J, Mawston G., and Hosseini H. Gholam (2006, July).  Analysis of Surface Electromyography Signals using Continuous Wavelet Transform for Feature Extraction.  Written paper accepted and presented by Jeff Kilby at the IEEE, MEDSIP, Advances in medical, signal and information processing conference, Glascgow, UK.
  14. Kilby, J., Mawston, G., & Gholam Hosseini, H. (2006) Continuous wavelet transform analysis for the classification of surface electromyography signal.  Proceedings of the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, 1, Seoul, Korea.
  15. McIntyre, J.P-R., Cairns, S.P. Mawston, G. and Kilding, A.E. (2006). Quantification of Several Fatigue Measures During Prolonged Cycling To Exhaustion.   Paper presented at the International Pre-Commonwealth Games Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Awards:

  • Te Amorangi National Maori Acedemic Execellence Award (Te Tohu Kairangi) 2010
  • New Zealand Society of Physiotherapist Research Scholarship 2001
  • AUT Ministry of Education postgraduate scholarship 2002
  • Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust, Scholarship in Health Science 2003
  • Margaret Hartridge Prize for the final year student who presents the best research topic (Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Otago)
  • New Zealand Back Foundation fund grant 2000)