Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Barry Mason

Dr Barry Mason

Senior Research Associate in Sport Performance

Tel +44 (0)1509 226387

Barry Mason was appointed the position of PHC Research Associate for the Sport Science Research Strand in February 2011.


  • PhD titled 'The ergonomics of wheelchair configuration for optimal sport performance.' From Loughborough University in 2011.
  • MSc (Distinction) in Sport & Exercise Biomechanics from the University of Chichester in 2005.
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science from The University of Chichester in 2004.

Current research (and teaching) interests

Barry is actively involved in a number of on-going research projects, which include an investigation into which treadmill gradients best reflect the physiological and biomechanical demand of on court propulsion.

Other projects that Barry is working on involve the use of novel technology that can be used to benefit wheelchair sports performance. The first of these explores the use of a gyroscope, which was developed in collaboration with Imperial College London, as a means for assessing the intra-push profiles of athletes during over-ground propulsion.

Barry is also interested in the role of player tracking in wheelchair sports and as such is working with McLaren Applied Technologies and UK Sport on the development and integration of an indoor tracking system.

In addition to this, Barry applies research knowledge gained from his PhD to support a number of Great Britain athletes with areas of their wheelchair configuration.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Mason, B.S, Lenton, J.P, Rhodes, J.M, Cooper, R, Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). Comparing the activity profiles of wheelchair rugby using a miniaturised data logger and radio frequency tracking system. 5th International State-of-the-Art Congress 2014, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • Mason, B.S. (2013). The development of an indoor player tracking system. UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sports Medicine 2013. Burton, England.
  • Mason, B.S, Lenton, J.P, Leicht, C.A, Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). Replicating sports wheelchair propulsion in a laboratory environment. International Paralympic Committee (IPC) VISTA Conference  2013. Bonn, Germany.
  • Mason, B.S, Woude van der, L.H.V, Lenton, J.P, Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). The effect of wheel size on mobility performance in wheelchair athletes. ICSEMIS 2013. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Mason, B.S, Perrett, C., Nolan, L. (2011). Paralympic sports research findings application: ‘Linking the laboratory and the field’. VISTA 2011 Conference, 31st Aug – 3rd Sept, Bonn, Germany.
  • Mason, B.S., van der Woude, L.H.V., Tolfrey, K., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2011). The role of rear-wheel camber on optimal mobility performance in wheelchair athletes. VISTA 2011 Conference, 31st Aug – 3rd Sept, Bonn, Germany.
  • Mason, B.S., van der Woude, L.H.V, Vegter, R., de Groot, S. Hettinga, F. (2011). Wheeled obility – the ergonomics of wheelchair configuration for optimal performance. Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology 2011. 31st Aug – 2nd Sept, Maastricht, Netherlands.

Selected recent publications

Book chapters

  • Goosey-Tolfrey, V., Mason, B., and Burkett, B. (2014). Helping athletes excel. In: Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Volume II, edited by V.Girginov. pp. 169-183. Routledge, London, Taylor & Francis.

Journal articles

  • Rhodes, J.M., Mason, B.S., Malone, L.A. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2015). Effect of team rank and player classification on activity profiles of elite wheelchair rugby players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33(19), 2070-78.
  • Mason, B.S., Lenton, J.P., Rhodes, J.M., Cooper, R. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). Comparing the activity profiles of wheelchair rugby using a miniaturised data logger and radio-frequency tracking system. Biomedical Research International. Epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1155/2014/348048.
  • Rhodes, J., Mason, B., Perrat, B., Smith, M. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V. (2014). The validity and reliability of a novel indoor player tracking system for use within wheelchair court sports. Journal of Sports Sciences. Epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1080/02640414.2014.910608.
  • Mason, B.S., Lenton, J.P. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). The physiological and biomechanical effects of forwards and reverse sports wheelchair propulsion. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1179/2045772314.
  • West, C.R., Campbell, I.G., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L., Mason, B.S and Romer, L.M. (2014). Effects of abdominal binding on field-based exercise responses in Paralympic athletes with cervical spinal cord injury. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 17(4):351-355.
  • Mason, B.S., Rhodes, J.M and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). Validity and reliability of an inertial sensor for wheelchair court sports performance. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 30(2):326-331.
  • Mason, B.S., Lenton, J.P., Leicht, C.A. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2014). A physiological and biomechanical comparison of over-ground, treadmill and wheelchair propulsion. Journal of Sports Sciences. 32(1):78-91.
  • Mason, B., Woude, van der L.H. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2013). The ergonomics of wheelchair configuration for optimal performance in the wheelchair court sports. Sports Medicine. 43(1):23-38.
  • Mason, B.S., van der Woude, L.H.V., de Groot, S., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2011). The effects of camber on the ergonomics of propulsion in wheelchair athletes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 43: 319-326.
  • Mason, B.S., van der Woude, L.H.V., Tolfrey, K., Lenton, J.P., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012). Effects of wheel and hand-rim size on sub-maximal propulsion in wheelchair athletes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 44: 126-132.
  • Mason, B.S., van der Woude, L.H.V., Tolfrey, K., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2012). The effects of rear-wheel camber on maximal effort mobility performance in wheelchair athletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 33: 199-204.
  • Mason, B.S., Porcellato, l., van der Woude l.H.V. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2010). A qualitative examination of wheelchair configuration for optimal mobility performance in wheelchair sports: a pilot study. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 42 (2): 141-149.
  • Lutgendorf, M., Mason, B., van der Woude, L.H.V., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2009). Effect of glove type on wheelchair rugby sports performance. Sports Technology.
  • Mason, B, Woude, van der , L.H.V. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L. (2009). The influence of glove type on mobility performance for wheelchair rugby players. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 88 (7): 559-570.