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Chris Hughes

Course Leader for Sport & Exercise Science and Senior Lecturer (Biomechanics)

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: c.hughes@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 54 2159

Chris completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores university in 1995 specialising in Biomechanics and Notational Analysis, and stayed in Liverpool to progress to a teaching assistantship and eventually completing an MPhil in ‘The Effects of Forefoot Morphology on the Kinetics and Kinematics of Locomotion’.  From Liverpool he moved to the University of Gloucester before settling in Worcester.  Prior to his career in Sports Science he completed a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, which explains his interest in the mechanical aspects of sport, from not only the body but through to the testing machinery and the equipment used.

Qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • BSc Sports Science
  • MPhil Sports Science - Biomechanical Analysis of Forefoot During Locomotion
Teaching

Teaching

Chris currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Independent Study (3rd year undergraduate - co-ordinator)
  • Assessing Human Performance (Masters - module leader)
  • Scientific Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Activities (1st year undergraduate - module leader)
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Techniques (3rd year undergraduate - module leader)
  • Scientific Approaches to Coaching (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Research Methods (2nd year undergraduate - module leader)
  • The Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise (2nd year undergraduate)
Research & Consultancy

Research & Consultancy

To date Chris has worked in research and consultancy ranging from sports such as cricket, motion show jumping, tennis serves, basketball, cycling, rugby and golf amongst many others.  Additionally, he has been involved in health and safety looking at the biomechanics of such activities as baggage handling, wheelbarrows, cable laying, wheelchairs, sit-to-stand chairs and paving slab laying.  This wide range of experience has ensured a continuing and varied interest in the mechanics of movement for many different activities.

Professional Interests

Professional Interests

  • Technique analysis
  • Motion capture of sports performance
Wider University Roles

Wider University Roles

Within the Institute Chris takes an active role in the Widening Participation remit of the University.  Working with school children to open up a wider range of experiences within sports science than they could get at schools, we use the University facilities to enthuse children to become the scientist of the next generation.  One of the flagship events in this programme is the New Year Lectures that take place to inspire school children from all around the Midlands area.