Chris Hughes

chris-hughes

Senior Lecturer (Biomechanics)

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Academics

Contact Details

email: c.hughes@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542159

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 at Southampton University, 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

Chris currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Introduction to the Scientific Study of Sport (1st year)
  • Contemporary Issues and Research in Sports Science (2nd year)
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Sports Performance (2nd year)
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health (2nd year)
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Techniques (3rd year)
  • Biomechanics for Sports Therapists (2nd year)

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

  • Technique analysis
  • Motion capture of sports performance

Wider University Roles

Within the School 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 school, he uses the University facilities to enthuse children to become the scientists of the next generation. He organised and presented the successful New Year Lecture series and is currently developing plans for a Sport and Exercise Science event for years 11-13.