Alex Mącznik

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hi, my name is Aleksandra Mącznik, PhD.

I am passionate about sports science and medicine and the knowledge translation from research into practice. 

I believe that developments in these disciplines may assist not only professional and recreational athletes, but also general public. Furthermore, I have a strong interest in the use of video, internet technologies and social media in the facilitation of knowledge translation and teaching.

I have received my PhD from the University of Otago (School of Physiotherapy, New Zealand) in 2015. Currently, I hold a research position at the Keio University (Institute for Integrated Sports Medicine, School of Medicine) as a visiting researcher. My research focuses on injury risk reduction and pain management in athletes, especially females. I also have a strong interest in the use of online and mobile technologies in support of athletes and health professionals.


Mącznik, A., Mehta, P., Kaur, M. (2019). Quality, readability and content of websites presenting sports injury risk reduction exercise programmes – a “systematic review”. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(S2), S92-S93.

Mącznik, A., Tumilty, S., Dischiavi, S., Sera, Y., Azuma, K., Matsumoto, H., Sato, K. (2019). Exercise programme to reduce the risk of lower limb injuries in young female athletes – cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(S2), S93.

Mącznik, A., Mehta, P., Kaur, M. (2019). Online exercise-based sports injury risk reduction programs—a ‘systematic review’ protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews, in press.

Patterson, J., Mącznik, A. K., Miller, S., Kerkin, B., & Baddock, S. (2019). Becoming a midwife: A survey study of midwifery alumni. Women and Birth, 32(3), e399-e408.

Mącznik, A. K., Schneiders, A. G., Athens, J., & Sullivan, S. J. (2018). The development of an instructional video for the teaching of acupressure for pain management in acute musculoskeletal injuries: A knowledge translation study. Physical Therapy in Sport29, 34-42.

Sole, G., Mącznik, A. K., Ribeiro, D. C., Jayakaran, P., & Wassinger, C. A. (2018). Perspectives of participants with rotator cuff-related pain to a neuroscience-informed pain education session: an exploratory mixed method study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-10.

Baddock, S. A., Tipene-Leach, D., Williams, S. M., Tangiora, A., Jones, R., Mącznik, A. K., & Taylor, B. J. (2018). Physiological stability in an indigenous sleep device: a randomised controlled trial. Archives of disease in childhood103(4), 377-382.

Ribeiro, D. C., Mącznik, A. K., Milosavljevic, S., & Abbott, J. H. (2018). Effectiveness of extrinsic feedback for management of non-specific low back pain: a systematic review protocol. BMJ open8(5), e021259.

Macznik, A. K., Schneiders, A. G., Athens, J., & Sullivan, S. J. (2017). Does acupressure hit the Mark? A three-arm randomized placebo-controlled trial of acupressure for pain and anxiety relief in athletes with acute musculoskeletal sports injuries. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine27(4), 338-343.

Gillespie, M. A., Mącznik, A., Wassinger, C. A., & Sole, G. (2017). Rotator cuff-related pain: Patients’ understanding and experiences. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice30, 64-71.

Santiago, M. V., Tumilty, S., Mącznik, A., & Mani, R. (2016). Does acupuncture alter pain-related functional connectivity of the central nervous system? a systematic review. Journal of acupuncture and meridian studies9(4), 167-177.

Mącznik, A. K., Ribeiro, D. C., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Online technology use in physiotherapy teaching and learning: a systematic review of effectiveness and users’ perceptions. BMC medical education15(1), 160.

Mącznik, A. K. (2015). Acupressure for the management of symptoms in acute sports injuries (Doctoral dissertation, University of Otago).

Mącznik, A. K., Schneiders, A. G., Sullivan, S. J., & Athens, J. (2014). What “CAM” we learn about the level of evidence from 60 years of research into manipulative and body-based therapies in sports and exercise medicine?. Complementary Therapies in Medicine22(2), 349-353.