School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Stuart McErlain-Naylor

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PhD Student

Stuart graduated from Loughborough University in 2013 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, being awarded the Loughborough University Development Trust Prize, G V Sibley Memorial Prize, and Dean of School Undergraduate Prize.  His undergraduate dissertation was entitled ‘Determinants of countermovement jump performance: a kinetic and kinematic analysis.’

Following this he was awarded a Glendonbrook Doctoral Fellowship to study for a PhD in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University.  Stuart is the current Student Board Member for the International Society of Biomechanics Technical Group on Computer Simulation.

He is a keen sportsman with a background as a national level Netball umpire and a former junior international Judo athlete.

Project information

Incorporating joint compliance within rigid body simulation models: The effect on ground reaction force prediction during dynamic jumps

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of incorporating compliance within various joint structures on the ability of a subject-specific torque-driven computer simulation model to accurately predict ground reaction forces during dynamic jumping activities.  Furthermore, the study aims to utilise this simulation model to investigate and understand the complex relationships between strength, technique, and variability in dynamic jumping performance.