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. & Postactivation Potentiation in Professional Rugby Players: Optimal Recovery. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 21(4), 1134
  3. & 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:
  4. & Influence of recovery time on post-activation potentiation in professional rugby players. Journal of Sports Sciences 26(8), 795-802.
  5. & The Effects of Opposition and Gender on Knee Kinematics and Ground Reaction Force During Landing From Volleyball Block Jumps. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 81(4), 384-391.

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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

  • Genetic and MicroCT analysis of human remains from the Mary Rose collection (current)

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

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof James Watkins
  • Characterisation of graphene-like nanostructures and carbon fibre based polymers for high performance engineering applications (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
  • Elite Sport as a Unique Test Bed for Wearable Technologies (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mellalieu
  • 'Pre-season injury and illness associations with acute perceptual wellness, neuromuscular fatigue sleep quality and training exposure in elite rugby players' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mellalieu
  • 'The Optimal loading for peak power in international swimmers' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • 'Test-retest reliability of lower limb neuromuscular variables during a countermovement jump in under-15 dewar shield rugby union players' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • 'The reliability and validity of the PUSH device for the estimation of lower body peak force and power' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mellalieu
  • 'The physiological response to maximal speed training : influence of session number and order' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • 'Bi-lateral Asymmetry as a measure of occupational activity in human remains from the mary rose' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof James Watkins
  • 'The reliability and validity of three field tests for predicting lower limb peak instantaneous power and average power in a countermovement vertical jump in male athetes' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof James Watkins
  • 'Investigating factors which may influence recovery and preparation in professional rugby union' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • 'The reliability of unilateral horizontal and vertical drop jumps as kinetic and kinematic measures of lower limb neuromuscular function in professional rugby union players' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof James Watkins
  • 'Neuromuscular, Endocrine and Mood responses to an elite rugby union match' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • 'The effect of Passive heat maintenance on elite swimming performance' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Power Development in Elite Athletes (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Impact of International Rugby 7's on Neuromuscular and Biochemical Parameters (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff