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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Simon Lack


MSc Lead (Sports Medicine), Lecturer and Specialist Physiotherapist

Centre: Sports and Exercise Medicine

Telephone: +44(0) 207 882 5012
Twitter: @simonthephysio


ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1732-9606

Dr Lack currently leads the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine programme.  He completed his PhD in 2017, having investigated the interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the development and management of patellofemoral pain. During his doctoral studies, he continued to work as a specialist physiotherapist within private sports medicine facilities (Pure Sports Medicine) and with elite scholarship athletes at the University of East London.

He graduated from Queen Mary University in 2011 with a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine and has been building his clinical academic career since. His leadership of the Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc programme, combines his clinical and academic experience to help guide the delivery and development of the programme. His main research interests centre on the assessment and delivery of targeted interventions, through a greater understanding of treatment effect mechanisms, for common knee complaints, in particular, patellofemoral pain and patellofemoral osteoarthritis.  


Group members

Within the Centre of Sports and Exercise Medicine I am very fortunate to work alongside some fantastic colleagues. This team includes:

Professor Dylan Morrissey, Dr Bradley Neal, Dr Stuart Miller, Dr Katrine Kryger, Dr Gemma Pugh, Dr Manuela Angioi, Dr Ritan Mehta, Dr Ian Beasley, Dr Nikos Malliaropoulos, Mr Trevor Prior, Dr Nat Padhiar.


The clinical application and implementation of evidence-based medicine is the primary objective of my academic endeavours.  I have had the privilege of working with fantastic collaborators both nationally and internationally, producing peer-reviewed publication and translational resources to help achieve this objective.  Research studies completed as part of my MSc and PhD studies have included both laboratory and clinical based measurements, in combination with audit and questionnaire studies, which have been conducted within both asymptomatic and patient populations.  I have secured multiple small project grants to complete these studies and look forward to developing these research ideas to deliver within larger scale, pragmatic clinical trials. 

Key Publications

  • Lack, S., Anthony, L., Noake, J., Brennan, K., Zhang, B., & Morrissey, D. (2018). Medial and Lateral Patellofemoral Joint Retinaculum Thickness in People With Patellofemoral Pain: A Caseā€Control Study. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
  • Neal, B., Lack, S., Lankhorst, N., Raye, A., Morrissey, D., & Van Middelkoop, M. (2018). Risk factors for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review & meta-analysis.
  • Lack, S., Neal, B., Silva, D. D. O., & Barton, C. (2018). How to manage patellofemoral pain–Understanding the multifactorial nature and treatment options. Physical Therapy in Sport32, 155-166.
  • Lack, S., Birn-Jeffery, A., Beasley, I., & Morrissey, D. (2018). Queen Mary University London: one of the longest established masters of sport and exercise medicine globally (continuing professional development series). Br J Sports Med52(3), 206-207.
  • Lack, S. (2017). The interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the presentation and management of patellofemoral pain. Br J Sports Med, bjsports-2017.
  • Lack, S., Barton, C., Sohan, O., Crossley, K., & Morrissey, D. (2015). Proximal muscle rehabilitation is effective for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis. British journal of sports medicine, bjsports-2015.
  • Barton, C. J., Lack, S., Hemmings, S., Tufail, S., & Morrissey, D. (2015). The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’: incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning. British journal of sports medicine, 49(14), 923-934.
  • Lack, S., Barton, C., Vicenzino, B., & Morrissey, D. (2014). Outcome Predictors for Conservative Patellofemoral Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine, 1-14.
  • Lack, S., Barton, C., Woledge, R., Laupheimer, M., & Morrissey, D. (2014). The immediate effects of foot orthoses on hip and knee kinematics and muscle activity during a functional step-up task in individuals with patellofemoral pain. Clinical Biomechanics.
  • Lack, S., Barton, C., Malliaras, P., Twycross-Lewis, R., Woledge, R., & Morrissey, D. (2014). The effect of anti-pronation foot orthoses on hip and knee kinematics and muscle activity during a functional step-up task in healthy individuals: A laboratory study. Clinical Biomechanics, 29(2), 177-182.
  • Barton, C., Balachandar, V., Lack, S., & Morrissey, D. (2013). Patellar taping for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate clinical outcomes and biomechanical mechanisms. British journal of sports medicine, bjsports-2013.
  • Barton, C. J., Lack, S., Malliaras, P., & Morrissey, D. (2012). Gluteal muscle activity and patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. British journal of sports medicine, bjsports-2012.




Dr Christian Barton (LaTrobe University, Melbourne); Dr Danilo Oliveria De Silva (LaTrobe University, Melbourne); Dr Michael Rathleff (Aalborg University, Denmark)

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