Staff profile

Sean Lowton-Smith


Senior Lecturer Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation

Subject

Sport and Exercise Science

Department

School of Human Sciences

Email

787184@derby.ac.uk

About

I currently work in a teaching-focused role on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Course, which accounts for 80% of my time. I am currently Module Leader for the Manual Therapy Module. I continue to practice clinically in the University Sports Therapy Clinic, where I also provide clinical supervision for final year students. In addition to my teaching responsibilities I undertake a role in employability and placement opportunities. I take an active role in research, and supervise independent research projects for final year dissertation students. In addition to my role at the University, I continue to work part-time in the NHS as a Physiotherapist providing cover for weekend shifts in the Emergency Department/ Acute Medical Unit.  

Teaching responsibilities

BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation 

Module Leader Manual Therapy - Level 5(Year 2)

Clinical Supervision in Sports Therapy Clinic - Level 6 (Year 3)

Project Supervision

Professional interests

Physiotherapist and Sport and Exercise Scientist. Special interest shared equally across both main aspects of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Sports Medicine interests - Prehabilitation to reduce risk of sports injury, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions - with special interest in sports injuries and movement screening (FMS Level 1+2; SFMA Level 1 certified)

Exercise Medicine interests - Physical activity in the general population to reduce the risk of chronic disease; physical activity and clinical exercise prescription to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life for people with a variety of clinical conditions.  

Public Health - Physical Activity Promotion throughout lifespan; Links between physical, mental and social health; reducing loneliness and social isolation. 

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Member - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Member - Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)

Member - Fundamental Movement Systems (FMS)

Fellow - Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Lowton-Smith, S., Taylor, A., Louise Sewell, L., Monkhouse, J., Khan, A., Fessey, V., Kerslake, M.,Lord, V., Krumins, S., Dodd, P. and Gelder, C. (2019) Making Waves: Spreading a community asset-based model for informal COPD clinics, which aim to improve health and reduce social isolation. 3rd World Congress on Public Health and Healthcare Management, April 2019, Dubai, UAE. Day 2.

Lowton-Smith S., King A., Duncan M., Eyre E. and Oxford S. (2016) Relationship between physical activity levels and body fat of children aged 8-9, from UK schools in low socioeconomic areas. ER-WCPT 2016, Liverpool, UK, Physiotherapy, Vol 102 (Sup 1), e7-e8.

Experience in industry

Brief Summary of Experience in Healthcare:

Experience gained in a range of clinical areas since 2008 (NHS since 2010) across a variety of healthcare roles; Musculoskeletal, cardiology, respiratory, neurology outpatients/community, stroke, diabetes, renal, vascular, gastrointestinal, general surgery, elderly care, elective orthopaedics, trauma orthopaedics, A+E, first response, acute medicine, rehabilitation, burns, plastic surgery, mental health, falls, adult and paediatric learning disability. 

Brief Summary of Healthcare Experience in Sport:

Varied Clinical Caseload in sports therapy clinic since 2014 (Ranging from private clients, University sports teams, colleagues/students with sport, exercise or workplace musculoskeletal complaints).

Event work - Sport and exercise medicine, Sports Therapy Clinic, Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Rugby 7’s, Iron Man/ Triathlons (Including water and cycle response), Shotokan Kumite Karate, Judo, Badminton, Squash, Basketball, Netball, Athletics, Hockey, Lacrosse and Horse Racing.

Co-founder and Vice President of Birmingham University Sport and Exercise Medicine Society (BUSEMS) from 2012-2013.

International experience

Presented research at international conferences:

Contributed to facilitation of an Online International Learning project in collaboration with University in the Netherlands for undergraduate students (2018/19). 

Recent publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers:

Lowton-Smith, S., Morgan, R., Stanley, M., Hames, T., Smith, P., Lawson, C. and Leddington Wright, S. (2019) Peer-to-peer teaching: Experience of 3rd year undergraduate Sports Therapy students and impact upon applied academic performance in comparison to being peer-taughtJournal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, Vol: 25, 100196.

Eyre, E. L. J., Clark, C. C. T., Tallis, J., Hodson, D., Lowton-Smith. S., Nelson, C., Noon, M. and Duncan, M. J. (2020) The Effects of Combined Movement and Storytelling Intervention on Motor Skills in South Asian and White Children Aged 5–6 Years Living in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol: 17(10), Art; 3391, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17103391}. Available from < https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/10/3391>.

Commissioned Report:

Sewell, L., Taylor, A., Monkhouse, J., Khan, A., Fessey, V., Kerslake, M., Lord, V., Lowton-Smith, S., Krumins, S., Kelly, J., Dodd, P., Gelder, C., Gray, S., Monkhouse, J. and Leatham, D. (2018). Making Waves Final Report: Evaluation of the Making Waves: RIPPLE2 Spread Project

E-Book Case Study

Lowton-Smith, S., Horton, E. and Matthews, T. (2019) Augmented reality: virtual patients for clinical exercise prescription. In Teaching and Learning Excellence: The Coventry Way. Coventry: Coventry University, UK. 

Conference Presentations:

Price, M., Lowton-Smith, S. and Cartwright, D. (2015) The physiological and perceptual responses to exercise using a variable resistance swing. BASES conference 2015, St Georges Park, Burton Upon Trent, UK, 1st Dec 2015. Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol: 33 (1) s5–s8. 

Lowton-Smith S., King A., Duncan M., Eyre E. and Oxford S. (2016) Relationship between physical activity levels and body fat of children aged 8-9, from UK schools in low socioeconomic areas. ER-WCPT 2016, Liverpool, UK, Physiotherapy, Vol 102 (Sup 1), e7-e8. 

Horton, E., Hames, T., Lowton-Smith, S., Duncan, M.J., and Leddington Wright, S. (2017) Validity and reliability of the modified shuttle walk test in older adults. European College of Sport Science (ECSS), July 2017, Metropolitan Ruhr, GER, p. 545-546.

Eyre, E., Duncan, M., Lowton-Smith, S., Hodson, D. and Dobell, A. (2018) Differential effects of combined movement and storytelling intervention on motor skills in South Asian and White children aged 5 -6 years living in the UK. ECSS 2018, Dublin, ROI, p.287. 

Sewell, L., Taylor, A., Dodd, P., Monkhouse, J., Khan, A., Kerslake, M., Lord, V., Lowton-Smith, S., Fessey, V., Krumins, S. and Gelder, C. (2018) Making Waves: An asset-based community development approach to improve self-management, social inclusion and mental well-being in people with COPD. PCRS-UK conference Sept 2018, Telford, UK. Primary Care Respiratory Update, Vol 52(16), pp. 58. 

Lowton-Smith, S., Taylor, A., Louise Sewell, L., Monkhouse, J., Khan, A., Fessey, V., Kerslake, M.,Lord, V., Krumins, S., Dodd, P. and Gelder, C. (2019) Making Waves: Spreading a community asset-based model for informal COPD clinics, which aim to improve health and reduce social isolation. 3rd World Congress on Public Health and Healthcare Management, April 2019, Dubai, UAE. Day 2.