Natasha Francksen

Sport and Exercise Sciences

PhD Project Title: Developing Behavioural Interventions for Reducing Older Adults’ Falls Risk during Stair Descent.

Supervisors: Dr. Thomas O'Brien, Prof. Costantinos Maganaris & Dr. Mark Hollands

Biography: I am a tenacious and passionate PhD Researcher who is part of the RISCS (Research to Improve Stair Climbing Safety). I love to learn and am enjoying being part of a multi faculty group with a common interest in reducing falls for individuals. I am keen to share my knowledge and encourage my younger peers to share the same passion for biomechanics as myself.

Degrees

2015, Ball State University, Muncie, United States, MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (Biomechanics)
2011, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, United Kingdom, BSc Sport and Exercise Science
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD Biomechanics Candidate

Academic appointments

PhD Student in Biomechanics, Reserch Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Teaching Assistant, Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2016 - present

Journal article

Francksen NC, Ackermans TMA, Holzer D, Ebner SA, Maganaris CN, Hollands MA, Karamanidis K, Roys M, O'Brien TD. 2020. Negotiating stairs with an inconsistent riser: Implications for stepping safety Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society, 87 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ackermans T, Francksen N, Lees C, Papatzika F, Arampatzis A, Baltzopoulos V, Lisboa P, Hollands M, O'Brien T, Maganaris C. 2020. Prediction of balance perturbations and falls on stairs in older people using a biomechanical profiling approach: A 12-month longitudinal study. Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, DOI Author Url Public Url

Ackermans TMA, Francksen NC, Casana-Eslava R, Lees C, Baltzopoulos V, Lisboa PJG, Hollands MA, O'Brien TD, Maganaris CN. 2020. Stair negotiation behaviour of older individuals: Do step dimensions matter? JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 101 DOI Author Url Public Url

Ackermans TMA, Francksen NC, Casana-Eslava R, Lees C, Baltzopoulos V, Lisboa PJG, Hollands MA, O'Brien TD, Maganaris CN. 2019. A novel multivariate approach for biomechanical profiling of stair negotiation EXPERIMENTAL GERONTOLOGY, 124 DOI Author Url Public Url

Conference publication

Francksen NC. 2015. Lower-Limb Strength: Associated Stair Descent Performance of Older and Younger Females GERONTOLOGIST, 55 Author Url

Thesis/Dissertation

Francksen N. The Biomechanical Mechanisms of Fall Risk on Stairs with Inconsistent Step Dimensions O'Brien T, Maganaris C, Hollands M. Public Url

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