Dr Neil Bezodis
Senior Lecturer
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 295801
Room: Academic Office - A116
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Neil received a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Bath in 2005, during which time he completed two 6-month industrial placements at Lilleshall Sports Injury and Human Performance Centre and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Following this, Neil completed a PhD at the University of Bath in Sports Biomechanics which developed empirical methods and a computer simulation model for application to elite sprinting performance.

Following his PhD, Neil was appointed by St Mary’s University as a Lecturer in 2009 where he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2012. Neil was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics & Technology at Swansea University in January 2016 and is a member of the Elite and Professional Sport (EPS) research group within the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

Publications

  1. Direct and indirect effects of joint torque inputs during an induced speed analysis of a swinging motion Journal of Biomechanics. Journal of Biomechanics
  2. Calculation of the centre of pressure on the athletic starting block. Sports Biomechanics
  3. & The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. Journal of Sports Sciences
  4. & Understanding the track and field sprint start through a functional analysis of the external force features which contribute to higher levels of block phase performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-8.
  5. & Kicking foot swing planes and support leg kinematics in rugby place kicking: Differences between accurate and inaccurate kickers. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-10.

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Teaching

  • SR-146 Biomechanics & Technology B

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

  • SR-258 Biomechanics & Technology D

    The module will provide students with an advanced understanding of linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, and will provide the opportunity to experience laboratory work using biomechanics equipment and software. The module will lay the foundations for study of biomechanics and technology at Level 3.

Supervision

  • Development and application of a real-time feedback system for the sprint start (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Sean Walton
  • Key performance indicators related to success in professional rugby union. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Investigating the musculoskeletal demands of rugby union kicking (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • N/A (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Acute spatiotemora, kinematic and hamstring muscle responses to wearable lower limb loading during maximal velocity sprinting. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Sean Walton
  • Efficacy of initial measurement units for the analysis of gross movement patterns and bilateral asymmetry (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Huw Summers
  • Optimising performance in the 4 x 100 m relay (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Advanced design of wheelchairs for the 2020 paralympic games (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Will Harrison
  • 'Understanding lower-body neuromuscular asymmetries in professional Rugby Union athletes' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff

External Responsibilities

  • Elected Member of the Board of Directors, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS)

    2014 - 2016

  • Biomechanics Section Editor, World Rugby Science Network

    2016 - Present

  • Invited Editorial Board Member, Sports Biomechanics Journal

    2015 - Present

  • Invited Editorial Board Member, World Rugby Science Network

    2014 - 2016

  • Invited member of the Scientific Committee, XXIV International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports

    2016 - Present

  • Invited member of the Scientific Committee, XXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports

    2015 - Present

  • External Examiner for all taught Sports Science MSc programmes, Roehampton University

    2011 - 2015

  • External Examiner for MSc by Research, University of Lincoln

    2013 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Footwear Science

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, International Journal of Sports Medicine

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Applied Biomechanics

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of the Royal Society Interface

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Sports Science & Medicine

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Sports Sciences

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Perceptual and Motor Skills

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Proceedings of the IMechE Part P: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Proceedings of the IMechE Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Research in Sports Medicine

    2009 - Present

  • Peer Reviewer, Sports Biomechanics

    2009 - Present

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2014 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award
2009 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports New Investigator Award (1st Place)
2009 BASES Supervised Experience for Research and Scientific Support in Biomecha
2008 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Student International Travel Award
2004 Nielsen Research Travel Grant, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2003 Wellcome Trust Vacation Studentship

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
2014 Emerging Researcher Keynote Lecture at the XXXII Annual Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports
2014 Integrating biomechanical research & applied practice with a view to enhancing sprint acceleration performance - Chichester
2013 Biomechanics and sports performance: Research-informed practice and practice-informed research - University of Lincoln
2012 A biomechanical understanding of sprint start technique and performance - Research Seminar Series at Roehampton University
2011 England Athletics Coach Education Series: Endurance running: Why understanding biomechanics is important for the coach & athlete
2010 Public lecture and workshop sponsored by ‘Parkrun’: The biomechanics of running

Research

Neil’s broad research focus is the biomechanics of elite sports performance with specific applications in sprint acceleration and rugby union. His research uses both empirical and theoretical methods (computer-based simulation models) to develop a more complete understanding of sports movements from both a performance and injury perspective.

Current research projects:

  • Technical contributions to rugby place kicking performance
  • Investigating the musculoskeletal demands of rugby place kicking
  • Understanding constraints on rugby place kicking performance: implications for learning design
  • The biomechanics of the start phase in elite sprinters
  • Biomechanics of the transition phase in sprint acceleration
  • Biomechanics and motor control of early accelerative sprint running in team sports athletes

Collaborative partners:

  • The Rugby Football Union (RFU)
  • British Athletics & The English Institute of Sport
  • University of Bath
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University