My research in sports surfaces is aimed at developing an improved understanding of how surface properties
affect athlete performance during various sporting movements. The focus on an integrated approach where both the surface
properties and the athlete movement are controlled and measured under realistic in-game scenarios. I use both experimental
and modelling approaches, with the overall goal being to support the development of sports surfaces that optimise athlete
performance and / or minimise injury risk.
My research in footwear is quite broad and includes: understanding the effects of footwear on running biomechanics;
understanding the effects that footwear can have on static and dynamic foot properties; footwear design to optimise the role of the foot in
human movement; and developing more biofidelic mechanical test methods for footwear.
My research in sports bras is ultimately aimed at improving sports bra design and thereby provide woman
with the opportunity to participate in sport and exercise without breast pain and
possible long term breast or postural damage. The current focus is two-fold: on the development of
robust and valid biomechanical test methods; and to quantify breast and bra discomfort during dynamic activities such
as running. Discomfort is a complex multi-factorial subject measure that includes parameters such as fit (static and
dynamic), material properties, appearance and biomechanical performance.
My research in golf aims to better understand the biomechanical factors that influence performance, i.e. maximising distance and / or
improving the accuracy of the shot. I am also interested in integrating this biomechanics knowledge into technology
that can support coaches in optimising elite golf performance.
My research in biomechanics aims to improve our neuromuscular understanding of athlete performance. My work has included
experimental and modelling investigations into the muscular and neural factors affecting maximum strength and power.