Michael A. Hunt

Affiliate Scientist, PhD


  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy,
    Director, Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory,
    University of British Columbia

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Osteoarthritis

Dr. Michael A. Hunt is a clinical biomechanist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. He completed his Master of Physical Therapy and Doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in 2007. He then spent two years as the Sir Randal Heymanson Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he conducted a number of biomechanical and clinical studies in the area of knee osteoarthritis.

As a physiotherapist trained in fundamental biomechanics, the focus of Dr. Hunt’s work is to understand the biomechanical risk factors and consequences of injury and disease. The overarching aims of his research focus on assessing joint structure and movement function in individuals with arthritis, as well as integrating biomechanical, biochemical, neuromuscular, and clinical outcomes to develop conservative treatment approaches to clinical management. He has authored over 25 publications investigating gait biomechanics and the effects of exercise on patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Selected Publications

1. Hunt MA, Wrigley TV, Hinman RS, Bennell KL (2010). Individuals with severe radiographic knee osteoarthritis (OA) exhibit altered proximal walking mechanics compared with less severe OA and those without knee pain.Arthritis Care and Research 62:1426-1432.


2. Hinman RS, Hunt MA, Creaby MW, Wrigley TV, McManus FJ, Bennell KL (2010). Hip muscle weakness in individuals with medial knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care and Research 62:1190-1193.


3. Bennell KL, Hunt MA, Wrigley TV, Hunter DJ, McManus FJ, Hodges PW, Li L, Hinman RS (2010). Hip strengthening reduces symptoms but not knee load in people with medial knee osteoarthritis and varus malalignment: a randomised controlled trial. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage18:621-628.


4. Bennell KL, Hunt MA, Wrigley TV, Lim B, Hinman RS (2008). Role of muscle in the genesis and management of knee osteoarthritis. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America34:731-754.


5. Hunt MA, Birmingham TB, Bryant D, Jones IC, Giffin JR, Jenkyn TR, Vandervoort AA (2008). Lateral trunk lean explains variation in dynamic knee joint load in patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis.Osteoarthritis and Cartilage16:591-599.