One of many advantages of being based in Cheshire is the exclusive access to key research populations whilst maintaining opportunities with our partner Centres in Manchester.

The nature of the Centre means that interdisciplinarity is pivotal to our approach. For example, biomechanists and physiologists collaborate on projects including the specification of optimal mouthguard designs and physiologist work alongside psychologists to determine markers of healthy ageing, whilst our Motor Cognition researchers collaborate with clinicians to develop technology dependent and independent.

Our research is funded by: national governing/public bodies (e.g., British Swimming and UK Sport); Research Councils (e.g., BBSRC, NIHR); and industry partners (e.g., GlaxoSmithKline, GenNutrition, BodyTypeNutrition, the FA, and several national governing bodies for sport and UK sport, institutes); and EU funding streams such as MOVEAGE. We also have strong links with the NHS (in particular at Leighton Hospital and the Movement Centre, Oswestry) and international funding bodies (e.g., Australia, Brazil, France). The Centre contributed significantly to world class research in the 2014 REF exercise, our Allied Health Professions power ranking of 12/94 placed us top of the
new universities.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss our research or to make enquiries about research opportunities. We welcome submission of research ideas and project proposals leading to MSc, MPhil and PhD degrees relevant to professional practice in health, exercise and active living.

Centre Contacts

Our Departments, Research Centres and Groups

Research Group

Biomechanics and Long-Term Conditions

Group Lead

Nationally, this research has contributed significantly to the development of British Para-swimmers, leading to outstanding performances at major International competitions including the London 2012 Paralympics. This research is also having an International impact. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will be using the findings of this research line to help devise a new classification system for Para-swimming, following the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Research undertaken by this research line encompasses the areas of computational fluid dynamics, electromyography, velocitometry, three-dimensional motion analysis, hydrodynamic force analysis and measurement of starting and turning kinetics.

Research Group

Exercise and Ageing Physiology

Our research pursues the study of human physiological function during exercise and in response to stressors such as training, loading, overuse, sedentarism and ageing. We apply imaging techniques, functional assessments in vivo, endocrine profiling and molecular genetic techniques to study properties of muscle, tendon and bone. We have strong links within the wider MMU Health Research community. We also have ongoing activities with external clinical partners, equipment manufacturers and competitive sporting organisations.

Research Group

Motor Cognition and Psychophysiology

Our research impacts at many levels of human performance in the sport and clinical domains. Broad in scope, our nationally -and internationally-renowned research ranges from laboratory-based work examining the use of video and motor imagery to support skill learning to work in the stroke community developing therapeutic interventions to support motor (re)learning. Our interdisciplinary work has roots in psychology and neuroscience and we employ a range of methodological tools including transcranial magneticstimulation, electroencephalography, eye gaze registration, computational modelling, motion tracking and clinical assessment. 

Our Research