Sean Tweedy

Invited Speaker, Neurology

Associate Professor, University of Queensland, QLD

    Sean Tweedy leads the Para Sport and Adapted Physical Activity Research area in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland. His main research focus in Para sport is the development of evidence-based methods of classification. He is the first author on the paper IPC Position Stand – Background and Scientific Principles of Classification in Paralympic Sport and he is Principal Investigator for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Research Centre (Physical Impairments), established in 2013.

    Outputs have included evidence-based methods for estimating Maximum Allowable Standing Height for runners with bilateral lower limb amputations and the development of sport specific Minimum Impairment Criteria for World Para-Athletics. He leads the ParaSTART project, a longitudinal program of research that engages people with high support needs and cerebral palsy in competitive, performance-focussed sports training and monitors their physical and psychosocial responses – a brief vignette is available here.

    He developed the Adapted Physical Activity Program (APAP), a theory-driven physical activity promotion service for community dwelling adults with disabilities. APAP currently runs as a standalone community service from UQ, servicing more than 100 clients per annum and, following a knowledge translation process, provides the basis on which exercise physiology services are provided in the multi-professional Acquired Brain Injury – Transitional Rehabilitation Service.