School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Staff

Dr Laura-Anne Furlong Dip., BSc. (Hons.), PhD, FHEA

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Laura-Anne was awarded a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences by the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2009. During this time she completed an 8 month placement working as a Research Assistant with the Sports Biomechanics Research Group at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

She graduated with her PhD in 2014, also from the University of Limerick. This research focused on the assessment of plantarflexor muscle function during stretch-shortening cycle tasks and was funded by the Irish Research Council. During this time, she provided sport science and sports medicine support to the Irish Hockey Association and worked as a Lecturer in Performance Analysis at University of Limerick.

Laura-Anne joined the School in August 2014 as a Research Associate in Impact Biomechanics as part of the Institute for Sports Research collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She was appointed as a Vice Chancellor’s Lecturer in Biomechanics in December 2015.

Controlled, coordinated movement occurs due to multiple complex interactions between factors such as muscle size, strength and activation. Establishing the relationships between these factors is fundamental in understanding the aetiology of injury, development of optimal rehabilitation programmes, and biologically inspired engineering design. By combining non-invasive in vivo measures of muscle and tendon structure and function during dynamic activities with biomechanical analyses of movement, force and coordination, Laura-Anne’s research aims to establish how modifications in neuromuscular parameters influence observed outcomes and coordination in dynamic activities such as walking, running and jumping, which has significant implications for long-term musculoskeletal health. Current clinical collaborators include the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in the area of amputee rehabilitation. 

Invited reviewer for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics, Human Movement Science, Gait and Posture, Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, PLoS One, Sports Biomechanics, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation.

 

Member of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, International Society of Biomechanics and American College of Sports Medicine

 

Current Vice-President for Public Relations for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (elected board member 2015-2017, 2017-2019)

Current National Co-ordinator for Biomechanics Day (United Kingdom and Ireland)

  • Furlong, L.A.M. and Egginton, N.L. (accepted) ‘Kinetic asymmetry during running at preferred and non-preferred movement speeds’, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001560.
  • Furlong, L.A.M. and Harrison, A.J. (2015) ‘Differences in plantarflexor muscle-tendon function during a stretch-shortening cycle task due to limb preference’, Laterality: Asymmetries of Brain, Body and Cognition , 20(2), 128-140.
  • Furlong, L.A.M. and Harrison, A.J. (2013) ‘Reliability and consistency of plantarflexor stretch-shortening cycle function using an adapted force sledge apparatus’, Physiological Measurement, 34, 437-448