I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, continuing at Masters level and specialising in both Sports Biomechanics and Physiology. With a particular interest in training specificity and the sprint start, this work culminated in running a consultancy project for Sport Wales to scientifically underpin Strength and Conditioning practices in support of elite, power-based athletes. I joined the University of Lincoln in 2014 to undertake a PhD scholarship alongside a role to develop links with industry and apply technology to support local businesses within the region. Following this, I continued my employment here at the University, firstly as a Research Fellow, and then as a Lecturer in Biomechanics. My PhD focuses on how the application of biomechanical variables (termed Biofeedback) can alter complex, real world movement patterns to improve performance and how these changes can be retained in the long term. This explores components of whole limb movement, skill acquisition, coordinated variability, and how humans interact with technology.
Alongside my own PhD research at the University of Lincoln, I was also the study coordinator for a research project conducted in collaboration with a local NHS trust. The project aim was to develop novel Biomechanical Performance Based Indicators (PBI’s) of knee instability in patients prior to ACL reconstructive surgery to better inform clinical prognosis. This project resulted in the recruitment of a full time PhD, and has since extended to a large multi-site research collaboration with 4 University / NHS trust partnerships led by Professor David Mullineaux.
I lead the School of Sport and Exercise Science 'Enterprise Working Group', driving and supporting external collaborations between the School and Industry. In addition, I also run the MoCap Hub which is one of three regional Technology Hubs developed through European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), which implements technology to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) within the Lincolnshire region and further. These technologies include motion capture systems, high speed cameras, 3D scanning and 3D printing. This work, in combination with my academic background, has led to the development of modest equipment modifications. Following a successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) bid with Innovate UK and an industry partner, I am currently the Principal Investigator of a 3 year KTP underpinning trampoline product development.
Biomechanics, Sports Science, Performance, Equipment Interaction