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Public Health and Sport Sciences

Exeter Biomechanics Research Team (ExBiRT)

We use biomechanical tools to improve understanding of human movement to:

  • Understand the causes of musculoskeletal injuries and disease and develop interventions that minimise them
  • Uncover how humans control movement and how this relates to health, learning and performance
  • Identify factors influencing sports performance and skill learning
  • Assess functional imbalances in peoples’ movement patterns
  • Advance design of biologically inspired exoskeletons and prosthetics
  • Understand how evolution has shaped our musculoskeletal system

Current projects


  • Three-dimensional motion analysis and force platforms provide a full mechanical assessment of gait, and athletic performance
  • Pressure plates and insoles quantify how foot loading is influenced by changes in gait, footwear or surfaces
  • Predict stress and strain on bones to understand injury mechanisms
  • Simulate how muscles generate motion and how movement can be optimised
  • Dynamical systems theory applied to study our interaction with the environment, sports performance, and what happens when movement is affected by ageing or disease
  • Fine-wire and surface EMG techniques to measure neural control of muscles
  • Ultrasound imaging techniques to look under the skin at muscular contraction
  • MR imaging capability (including access to 3T MRI facility)
  • Automated segmentation procedures for analysis of MR images
  • Expertise in automated tracking of dynamic ultrasound imaging
  • Advanced analysis of accelerometer recordings to track athlete training load (intensity and recovery) to optimise training programmes
  • We support multi/interdisciplinary approaches involving psychology, engineering, mathematics, and epidemiology to understand and improve movement performance in musculoskeletal health and disease

Group members