The need for greater understanding of the factors which limit human movement and functional capacity and for determining effective methods for ensuring optimum performance has led to a wide range of related research studies. This paper draws on some of the research projects pursued or supervised by the author, to show the knowledge gained in aspects of movement capacity, muscle function and the influence of sensory motor deficits on movement and function. The inter-relationship of the many factors influencing functional capacity emphasise the need to think broadly in research. Studies of effectiveness of physiotherapy and collection of data for ergonomic workplace design highlight the importance of both prevention and therapeutic care and demonstrate the contributions which physiotherapists can make through research to optimise human performance. © 1994, Australian Physiotherapy Association. All rights reserved.
Bullock, M. (1994). Research to optimise human performance. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 40, 5–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60619-X