Dr Nicholas Owen
Senior Lecturer
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 602826
Room: Academic Office - A112
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

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


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


  1. & The Effect of Body Size on Countermovement Jump Kinetics in Children aged 7 to 11 years. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-18.
  2. & (2016). Validity of Photogrammetric Osteological Analysis for Sex Traits of Historic Crania. Presented at Proceedings of 18th Annual Conference British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology,, 65-66.
  3. & 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
  4. & 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:
  5. (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

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  • SR-142 Introduction to Biomechanics 1

    The purpose of the module is to introduce and 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-142, SR-146 and the level 2 module SR-254.


  • Untitled (current)

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Development of a passive prosthetic foot with a spring loaded energy recovery system.«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
  • Molecular x-ray micro-computer tomography and photogrammetric analysis of the human remains from the Mary Rose. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Johnston
  • 'The investigation of measuring neuromuscular variables in paeadtric populations' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • '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:
    Other supervisor: Prof James Watkins