Sérgio T Fonseca (Professor at the University Federal de Minas Gerais and Editor in Chief of the Brazilian Journal of Physiotherapy)

Episode 55: Andy McDonald chats to Sérgio T Fonseca. Sérgio is from a clinical background originally and currently works at the Department of Physical Therapy of the University Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Sérgio teaches and advises in the areas of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. His main research focus is on human movement, applying concepts of ecological approach and dynamical systems to human perception and action. This episode will focus on the philosophy of patient or athlete management as it relates to his work on systems.

In this episode Andy and Sérgio discuss:

    • Sérgio’s background
    • Reductionism, complicated and complex systems
    • Equifinality
    • Evidence based practise
    • Synergetic’s
    • Evaluating your own systems

Where you can find Sérgio:


  • Fonseca, Sérgio & Souza, Thales & Verhagen, Evert & Emmerik, Richard & Bittencourt, Natalia & De Michelis Mendonça, Luciana & Andrade, A. & Resende, Renan & Ocarino, Juliana. (2020). Sports Injury Forecasting and Complexity: A Synergetic Approach. Sports Medicine. 50. 10.1007/s40279-020-01326-4.
  • Bittencourt, Natalia & Meeuwisse, W & De Michelis Mendonça, Luciana & Nettel-Aguirre, Alberto & Ocarino, Juliana & Fonseca, Sérgio. (2016). Complex systems approach for sports injuries: Moving from risk factor identification to injury pattern recognition-narrative review and new concept. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 50. bjsports-2015. 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095850.


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