Calum is an Academic Teaching Scholar with the First Year College, teaching into Sport and Exercise disciplines including kinesiology, human growth and development and research methods.

After a long time in the corporate world, Calum’s interest in the human body led him to a career change into the fitness industry.  He quickly realised how much there is to learn about human performance, which led to undertaking a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, then an honours degree majoring in Biomechanics. He presented some of the outcomes of his honours thesis at the 2014 ESSA conference where he was a finalist in the Aspire Academy Young Investigator Award – Exercise Science and Health.

Following these studies, Calum began his PhD investigating balance recovery in older adults with knee osteoarthritis. This is currently being completed.

Calum is fascinated by human evolution and all sports!

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Levinger, P., Nagano, H., Downie, C., Hayes, A., Sanders, K., Cicuttini, F., Begg R. (2016). Balance recovery during induced falls is impaired in people with knee osteoarthritis: Implications for falls prevention. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Levinger, P., Downie, C., Nagano, H., Petersen, A.Hayes, A., Sanders, K. M., Cicuttini, F., Begg, R. (2016) Stepping strategy used to recover balance during an induced fall is associated with impaired function and strength in people with knee osteoarthritis. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

Levinger, P., Nagano, H., Downie, C., Hayes, A., Cicuttini, F., Begg, R. (2016). Biomechanical balance response during induced falls under dual task conditions in people with knee osteoarthritis. Gait and Posture, 48. 106 - 112

Nagano, H., Levinger, P., Downie, C.., Hayes, A., Begg, R. (2015). Contribution of lower limb eccentric work and different step responses to balance recovery among older adults. Gait and Posture, 42 (3). 257 - 262.

View more of Calum Downie's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Conference presentations

Downie, C. S., Nagano, H., Begg, R., Petersen, A., Hayes, A., Sanders, K., Cicuttini, F., and Levinger, P.  (2014) Differences in first step recovery from an induced fall in older adults with knee osteoarthritis.  Exercise and Sports Science Australia Conference. Finalist – Aspire Academy Young Investigator Award – Exercise Science & Health.

Portfolios

Areas of expertise

  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Human Growth and Development

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