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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Sandy Willmott

I joined the School of Sport and Exercise Science as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Science in September 2007. Previously I spent nearly ten years as a member of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Indiana University, working on projects in a range of areas that included hockey, high jumping and swimming. I received a PhD in sports biomechanics from Indiana University in 2010 for a dissertation on the dynamics of the stick motion during the hockey hit. I began my research career in the field of animal biomechanics and was awarded a PhD in insect flight mechanics by the University of Cambridge in 1996. I have wide-ranging interests in the use of technology for measuring movement. These have included motion capture in sporting and non-sporting situations, with the latter to date having featured actors, dancers, dogs and lizards! In 2013 I co-founded the Virtual Alliance for Sport Technology to support projects in which internet tools can be used to provide sports science to athletes and communities who would not otherwise have access to this type of support.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader, MSc Sport Science Member of University International Committee Member of College International Committee Member of School Ethics Committee Mentor, IMPress student employability group

Subject Specialism

Sports Biomechanics


  • PhD in Sports Biomechanics — 2010
  • PhD in Insect Flight Mechanics — 1996
  • BA (Hons) in Zoology — 1991


External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 to present Reviewer for HEA Teaching Development Grants Reviewer for Journal of Sports Sciences, Sport Biomechanics, Journal of Swimming Research, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, Bioscience Education

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Research Interests

  • Biofeedback

  • Hitting

  • Hockey

  • Motion Capture

  • Paddlesports

  • Sports Biomechanics

  • Swing Planes

  • Visualisation

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • The biomechanics of double-handed swinging motions — Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in 2017
  • Biomechanical analysis of on-water paddling — British Canoeing, English Institute of Sport & University of Lincoln in 2014
  • Epidemiology, welfare and biomechanics of canine hip dysplasia — Research Investment Fund in 2014
  • The role of motor regions in emotion recognition — College Research Fund in 2013
  • Producing employable sports graduates: maximising the benefits from volunteering — Fund for Educational Development, University of Lincoln in 2013

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • European College of Sport Science — Member
  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences — Membership Representative, Member
  • International Society of Biomechanics in Sport — Member