Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes PT, MSc, PhD

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Lecturer in Spinal and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Contact details

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

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes is an expert in electrophysiology. His research utilizes advanced surface electromyography techniques to study the neuromuscular adjustments behind musculoskeletal disorders, exploring exercise interventions which could potentially improve neuromuscular function. 


  • BSc in Physiotherapy
  • MSc in Clinical Exercise Science
  • PhD in Clinical Exercise Science


Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes is a Lecturer in Spinal and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR spine) at UoB SportExR. He received both Master’s and PhD degrees in Clinical Exercise Science from the University of Potsdam, Germany (2017). During his time as a PhD student, he was involved in several projects regarding high-density surface electromyography signal processing at the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems, at the University of Goettingen, Germany. There, he was able to develop tools to monitor neuromuscular changes following training interventions. Before being appointed as a lecturer, Dr Martinez-Valdes also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at CPR spine (2017-2018), where his research mainly focused on studying the neuromuscular adaptations to experimental pain and the development of new tools to monitor the progression of spinal disorders.

More recently, Dr Martinez-Valdes research focuses on studying the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying spinal pain and muscle fatigue, and is interested on the influence of musculoskeletal pain on motor learning.


Teaching Experience / Topics


  • Research in Practice module (BSc)
  • Neural Adaptations to Training module (MSc)
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1: lower quadrant module (MSc)

Postgraduate supervision

Eduardo is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Neuromuscular adaptations to musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neuromuscular adaptations to exercise training
  • Neuromuscular adjustments to fatigue
  • Motor control
  • Changes in motor unit behaviour in response to acute and chronic pain


Research group: CPR Spine

Eduardo Martinez-Valdes scientific work principally focuses on:

  • Neuromuscular adaptations to experimentally induced muscle pain
  • Neuromuscular adaptations to spinal pain
  • Neuromuscular adaptations to training
  • Neuromuscular adjustments to fatigue
  • Motor unit physiology
  • Muscle coordination


ResearchGate profile: www.researchgate.net/profile/Eduardo_Martinez-Valdes

Google Scholar profile: scholar.google.com/citations?user=WNcQdzMAAAAJ&hl=es

ORCID: 0000-0002-5790-7514

Other activities

Society memberships

  • Since 2016          Member of the International Society for Electromyography and Kinesiology (ISEK)
  • Since 2017        Member of the international motoneuron society
  • Since 2018        Member of the Physiological society

Peer Review

Experimental Brain Research, Peer J, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Entropy, Plos One, Sports health: a multidisciplinary approach, Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, Journal of electromyography and kinesiology.


  • Martinez-Valdes E, Falla D, Negro F, Mayer F, Farina D (2017) Differential Motor Unit Changes after Endurance or High-Intensity Interval Training. Med Sci Sports Exerc 49:1126-1136 doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001209
  • Martinez-Valdes E, Farina D, Negro F, Del Vecchio A, Falla D (2018).  Early Motor Unit Conduction Velocity Changes to HIIT versus Continuous Training. Med Sci Sports Exerc (Accepted). doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001705
  • Martinez-Valdes E, Guzman-Venegas RA, Silvestre RA, Macdonald JH, Falla D, Araneda OF, Haichelis D (2016) Electromyographic adjustments during continuous and intermittent incremental fatiguing cycling. Scand J Med Sci Sports 26:1273-1282 doi: 10.1111/sms.12578
  • Martinez-Valdes E, Laine CM, Falla D, Mayer F, Farina D (2016) High-density surface electromyography provides reliable estimates of motor unit behavior. Clin Neurophysiol 127:2534-2541 doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.10.065
  • Martinez-Valdes E, Negro F, Falla D, De Nunzio AM, Farina D (2018) Surface electromyographic amplitude does not identify differences in neural drive to synergistic muscles. J Appl Physiol (1985) 124:1071-1079 doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01115.2017
  • Martinez-Valdes E, Negro F, Laine CM, Falla D, Mayer F, Farina D (2017) Tracking motor units longitudinally across experimental sessions with high-density surface electromyography. J Physiol 595:1479-1496 doi: 10.1113/JP273662
  • Martinez-Valdes E, Negro F, Laine CM, Falla DL, Mayer F, Farina D (2017) Identifying Motor Units in Longitudinal Studies with High-Density Surface Electromyography. Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation Ii, Vols 1 and 2 15:147-151 doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_27
  • Laine CM, Martinez-Valdes E, Falla D, Mayer F, Farina D (2015) Motor Neuron Pools of Synergistic Thigh Muscles Share Most of Their Synaptic Input. J Neurosci 35:12207-12216 doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0240-15.2015
  • De Nunzio AM, Yavuz US, Martinez-Valdes E, Farina D, Falla D (2018) Electro-tactile stimulation of the posterior neck induces body anteropulsion during upright stance. Exp Brain Res 236:1471-1478 doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-5229-z
  • Mueller J, Martinez-Valdes E, Stoll J, Mueller S, Engel T, Mayer F (2018) Differences in neuromuscular activity of ankle stabilizing muscles during postural disturbances: A gender-specific analysis. Gait Posture 61:226-231 doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.01.023                                                                                      
  • Mendez-Rebolledo G, Gatica-Rojas V, Guzman-Munoz E, Martinez-Valdes E, Guzman-Venegas R, Berral de la Rosa FJ (2018) Influence of fatigue and velocity on the latency and recruitment order of scapular muscles. Phys Ther Sport 32:80-86 doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.04.015
  • Mendez-Rebolledo G, Gatica-Rojas V, Martinez-Valdes E, Xie HB (2016) The recruitment order of scapular muscles depends on the characteristics of the postural task. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 31:40-47 doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2016.09.001

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