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Biomechanics of Athletics

Welcome to the home page of the Biomechanics of Athletics research group in the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Brunel University London). This group is dedicated to the understanding and application of biomechanical aspects of Athletics (known as Track and Field in some parts of the world).

Research Areas

  • Theoretical studies using mathematical modelling and computer simulation
  • Experimental studies using video and force platforms
  • Optimisation of the technique of elite performers
Research Projects
  • Resisted sprint training devices
  • Improving performance in the javelin throw
  • Effect of altitude on 100m sprint times
  • Computer simulation of long jump and high jump
    Past Projects     Projects Available
  • Prospective BSc(Hons), MSc, MPhil, and PhD students should contact Dr Nick Linthorne about research projects. Students already enrolled at Brunel University London should look at the Blackboard Learn sites for SP3700 Major Project and SP5530 MSc Dissertation.


  • Dr Nick Linthorne (Researcher)
  • Patrick Fassbender (PhD student, Brunel University London)
  • Nils Eckardt (MA student, Westfälische Wilhelms - University of Münster, Germany)
  • Dr Pedro Alcaraz (Researcher, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain)
  • Dr Jose-Luis Elvira (Researcher, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain)
  • Dr Asuncion Martínez-Valencia (Researcher, Universidad Castilla la Mancha, Spain)

    Former Members
  • PhD: Lisa Bridgett (2000-04), Masaki Wakai (1999-2004)
  • MSc: Amber Luzar, Glen Paxman (2011-12), Nicky Carter (2003-04)
  • BSc: Greg Millar (2014-15), Ashley Bryant, Michael Saad, Shanie Page (2012-13), Steve Barnard, Jane Black, Matt George (2010-11), Laura Allsop, Sam Hook, Patrick North, Sophia Turner, Gemma Weetman (2009-10), Dominique Blaize, Liz Checkley, Gavin Comber, Neil Crossley (2008-09), Naida Bromley, Montell Douglas, Greg Duggan, Nathan Marshall, Richard Webster, Shaufiq Ali (2007-08), Sara Bostock, Katrina Butler, Andrew Nicholson, Tom Reynolds, Sam Rickman, Kadi-Ann Thomas (2006-07), Craig Baker, Martin Heys, Gary Hill (2005-06), Katie Alderman, Sarah Fenwick, Eddie Lapworth, Michelle Smith (2004-05), Phil Banks, Nick Hart, Chris Morgan, Richard Townsend, Dan Ward, John Winter (2003-04), Daniel Carter, Austin Ferns, Edward Willis (2002-03), Maurice Guzman, Brett Kemble (1997-98)
  • List of Facilities available to the Biomechanics of Athletics research group.
Funding Links


Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01895) 274000 (UK); +44 1895 274000 (International)

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Last Updated on: May 2013

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