Dr Michael Cole - Nat Sch Exercise Science (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Michael Cole is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Motor Control within the School of Exercise Science. Michael has an extensive background in the fields of biomechanics and exercise science, with specific research interests in the areas of neuroscience and sports and clinical biomechanics.

In 2011, Michael was awarded an Early Career Researcher Fellowship from the National Health & Medical Research Council to carry out a project aimed at improving insight into potential neuromuscular deficits that contribute to poor postural control and falls in people with Parkinson's disease. Currently, Michael's other research focuses on i) the efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation therapy for gait and balance disorders in people with Parkinson's disease; ii) evaluating the benefits of non-invasive therapies for people with Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis; and iii) evaluating the safety of common interventions for gait and balance disorders in people with neurological impairments.


Phone :+61 7 36237674 (Brisbane)
Email :michael.cole@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Human Gait and Balance ; Movement Disorders ; Low Back Pain ; Biomechanics of Sport Techniques ;

Methods Expertise

Biomechanics ; 3D Motion Analysis ; Surface Electromyography ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Use of a short-form balance confidence scale to predict future recurrent falls in people with Parkinson disease, in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (print version)

Monitoring Workload in Throwing-Dominant Sports: A Systematic Review, in Sports Medicine

The biomechanics of the modern golf swing: Implications for lower back injuries, in Sports Medicine: reviews of applied medicine and science in sport and exercise (print version)


Wearable Sensor Use for Assessing Standing Balance and Walking Stability in People with Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review, in PLoS One (online)

The use of wearable microsensors to quantify sport-specific movements, in Sports Medicine: reviews of applied medicine and science in sport and exercise (print version)


Trunk muscle exercises as a means of improving postural stability in people with Parkinson's disease: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial, in BMJ Open

Professionalism, golf coaching and a Master of Science degree: A commentary, in International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (print version)

Concurrent validity of accelerations measured using tri-axial inertial measurement unit while walking on firm, compliant and uneven surfaces, in PLoS One (online)

Executive function and postural instability in people with Parkinson's disease, in Parkinson's Disease (online)

The crunch factor's role in golf-related low back pain, in Spine Journal (print)


Effects of Textured Insoles on Balance in People with Parkinson's Disease, in PLoS One (online)


A spatiotemporal analysis of gait freezing and the impact of pedunculopontine nucleus stimulation, in Brain: a journal of neurology (print version)

Enhanced somatosensory information decreases postural sway in older people, in Gait & Posture (print version)


Risk of falls, injurious falls, and other injuries resulting from visual impairment among older adults with age-related macular degeneration, in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (print version)

Pedunculopontine nucleus deep brain stimulation produces sustained improvement in primary progressive freezing of gait, in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (print version)

Falls in Parkinson's disease: Evidence for altered stepping strategies on compliant surfaces, in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders (print version)


Falls in Parkinson's disease: kinematic evidence for impaired head and trunk control, in Movement Disorders

Predictors of future falls in Parkinson's disease, in Neurology


Postural stability and gait among older adults with age-related maculopathy, in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science


Trunk muscle onset and cessation in golfers with and without low back pain, in Journal of Biomechanics

Electromyography of the trunk and abdominal muscles in golfers with and without low back pain, in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport


Loads on the lumbar spine during a work capacity assessment test, in Work (print version)


Low back pain and lifting: a review of epidemiology and aetiology, in Work (print version)