School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Idrees Afzal

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PhD student

Idrees graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. He continued his studies part-time at Sheffield Hallam undertaking an MSc in Applied Sport and exercise science whilst coaching at secondary schools and Badminton PC’s.

After completing his MSc, he undertook a 4 month scholarship at a Spanish National PC.  He worked with junior and senior Spanish national/international players, providing them with performance analysis and physical preparation support.

Idrees’s PhD project focuses on the optimum jump smash performance in Badminton players. He is supervised by Dr Mark King and Dr Michael Hiley. 

  • To determine the relationship between badminton smash technique and shuttle speed.
  • To determine the relationship between shot outcome consistency and player movement variability.
  • Compare international male and female players performing the badminton jump smash.
  • Investigate differences in technique for players from different parts of the world. 

External Activities:

  • Performance analyst for Centro de Technificacion Badminton Asturias (Spain, Oviedo) 


  • Expertise Skill Acquisition Network Conference (ESAN) –Poster Presentation - The effect of level of expertise on anticipation skills in badminton (2013).
  • Sheffield Hallam University – Post Graduate Conference - Effect of task constraint on adaptive behaviour in a doubles simulated badminton game (2015)