Dr Bernard Liew

Dr Bernard Liew

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Bernard has a keen interest in applying novel statistical methods and multi-disciplinary (animal neuromechanics, neurological impairments, sports biomechanics) theories into understanding healthy and impaired movement behaviors. He has technical experience with 3D motion capture, multi-segmented foot modelling, Bayesian and waveform statistical inference, as well as developing advance plyometric and isoinertial resistance training programs.


PhD, BSc (Physiotherapy) with First Class Honours


Bernard completed his Diploma in Physiotherapy in Singapore, and went on to complete his undergraduate coursework in Physiotherapy at Curtin University, Australia. He has worked as a physiotherapist for three years in Singapore within the Musculoskeletal and Sports setting, at a Sports Institute, private practice and a tertiary hospital. He subsequently pursued a PhD in biomechanics at Curtin University, Australia, before taking up a research fellow position at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research interest include pain mechanisms, motor control, gait, mechanical energetics, and statistics.

Postgraduate supervision

MSc (Physiotherapy) – Altered spinal kinematics and proprioceptive abilities individuals with low back pain.


Research interests:

  • Motor control in pain
  • Biomechanics
  • Locomotion, Energetics
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Statistics


  • Liew B, Morris S, Netto K. The effect of backpack carriage on the biomechanics of walking: A systematic review and preliminary meta-analysis. J Appl Biomech. 2016;32(6):614-29. Epub 2016/10/06. doi: 10.1123/jab.2015-0339. PubMed PMID: 27705050.
  • Liew B, Morris S, Netto K. Increase in leg stiffness reduces joint work during backpack carriage running at slow velocities. J Appl Biomech. 2017;doi: 10.1123/jab.2016-0226.
  • Liew BX, Morris S, Keogh JW, Appleby B, Netto K. Effects of two neuromuscular training programs on running biomechanics with load carriage: A study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016;17(1):445. Epub 2016/10/25. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1271-9. PubMed PMID: 27770784; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC5075409.
  • Liew BX, Morris S, Netto K. Joint power and kinematics coordination in load carriage running: Implications for performance and injury. Gait Posture. 2016;47:74-9.
  • Liew BX, Morris S, Netto K. The effects of load carriage on joint work at different running velocities. J Biomech. 2016;49(14):3275-80. Epub 2016/08/29. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.08.012. PubMed PMID: 27567569.
  • Liew BX, Morris S, Robinson MA, Netto K. Performance of a lateral pelvic cluster technical system in evaluating running kinematics. J Biomech. 2016. Epub 2016/05/22. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.05.010. PubMed PMID: 27207384.
  • Liew BXW, Morris S, Masters A, Netto K. A comparison and update of direct kinematic-kinetic models of leg stiffness in human running. J Biomech. 2017. Epub 2017/10/21. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2017.09.028. PubMed PMID: 29050822.

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