Research interests:

Sports and exercise biomechanics
Instantaneous power output measurement in weight lifting and jumping activities
Assessment of muscular performance in sporting and everyday activities
Specialised biomechanical instrumentation

Research activities:

Development of strength and power testing battery for elite rugby players
Development of biomechanical software
Development of biomechanical instrumentation
Measurement of balance variables, using force platforms, in the elderly and in children with developmental coordination disorder

Recreation/Sport:

Member of the High Performance Research Advisory Committee (Welsh Rugby Union)

Worked as a biomechanics consultant with:

Welsh Rugby Union
Ospreys Rugby
Bath Rugby
Cardiff Blues (Rugby)
Swansea City Football
Squash coach (Level 1)

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • neuromuscular assessment
  • power assessment
  • coordination measurement
  • heritage biomechamics
  • instrumentation
  • public engagement

Publications

  1. & Prosthetic foot design optimisation based on roll-over shape and ground reaction force characteristics. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
  2. & Delayed Achilles tendon ruptures. Does non-operative management work?. Presented at Proceedings of the 13th meeting of the combined orthopaedic associations, Cape Town, 2016, Cape Town:
  3. (2015). Normative data for lower limb peak mechanical power in children aged 7 to 11 years old. Presented at Journal of Comorbidity,(5), 93-93. Switzerland: Swiss Medical Press. doi:10.15256/joc.2015.5.52
  4. & Measuring Recovery in Elite Rugby Players: The Brief Assessment of Mood, Endocrine Changes, and Power. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 86(4), 379-386.
  5. & (2015). A computational method of obtaining reliable measurement of periosteal cross-sectional area of human radii from laser scans. Presented at Proceedings of the 23rd UK Conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering,, 73-76. Swansea:

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Teaching

  • SR-142 Biomechanics & Technology A

    The purpose of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental mechanical concepts and principles that underlie human movement.

  • SR-305 Sports Biomechanics

    The purpose of the module is to develop competence in biomechanical analysis of human movement and its application to sporting situations. The module builds upon the concepts, principles and methods established in the level 1 module SR-108 and the level 2 module SR-205.

Supervision

  • Elite Sport as a Unique Test Bed for Wearable Technologies (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Genetic and MicroCT analysis of human remains from the Mary Rose collection (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Johnston
  • Characterisation of graphene-like nanostructures and carbon fibre based polymers for high performance engineering applications (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
  • Determination of methods to assess key neuromuscular variables in children 7 to 11 years old (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mellalieu
  • 'The Validity and reliability of a novel video based method to measure flight time and jump height in a paediatric population' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof James Watkins