Dr Michael Hiley
Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control
Michael graduated from Loughborough University in 1993 with a Joint Honours degree in Sport Science and Mathematics. He then gained his PhD in the computer simulation of swinging skills in gymnastics at Loughborough University.
As a Research Fellow within the School of Sport and Exercise Science Michael worked on the British Gymnastics World Class Performance Programme providing mechanics support to all disciplines of gymnastics. He moved to the Research and Teaching job family in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control in 2015.
Michael teaches both biomechanics and motor control within the School and is module leader for Introduction to Motor Control and Motor Learning (PSA027), Motor Control of Sports Movements (PB027) and Advanced Motor Control of Sports Movements (PSC027). Michael is the Programme Director for Joint Honours programmes with Sport Science and the Programme Director for the Sport and Exercise Science Gymnastics Pathway. He is also the Director of the Centre for Gymnastics Research.
Michael’s research interests are in the areas of biomechanics and motor control, investigating the mechanics of technique and how it is influenced by the human control system. Specifically he has used computer simulation modelling to investigate the interaction between the gymnast and the gymnastics equipment. He is particularly interested in how aspects of motor control influence and limit human performance. Michael is interested in all aspects of gymnastic performance and equipment and contributes to coach education materials on behalf of British Gymnastics.
PhD Students Supervised and Projects
Graduated PhD/MPhil Students
- Emma Payne (part-time, self-funded), Characteristics of Gymnastics Landing Mats, PhD, 2016.
- Glen Blenkinsop (full-time), Postural Control: Leaning to Balance and Responses to Mechanical and Sensory Perturbations, PhD, 2014.
- David Burke (full-time), The mechanics of the contact phase in trampolining’, PhD, 2014.
- Yanjia (Michael) Gu (full-time), Limits to Temporal Synchronisation in Fundamental Hand and Finger Actions, PhD, 2014.
- Monique Jackson (full-time), The Mechanics of the Table Contact Phase of Gymnastics Vaulting, PhD, 2010.
- Helen Jaques (full-time), Determining and Modelling the Forces Exerted by a Trampoline Suspension System, MPhil, 2008.
Current PhD Students:
Mohsen Seyyah (full-time, international), Variability in Springboard Diving, PhD candidate.
Selected External Research-Related Roles:
- Journal of Biomechanics
- Journal of Applied Biomechanics
- Human Movement Science
- Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
- Journal of Sports Sciences
- Sports Biomechanics
- Kinesiologia Slovenica
- Member of the abstract review board for the BASES and ISBS Annual Conference
- Co-organiser: The XV International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics, 9-11 July 2015, Edinburgh, UK Conference
- Organiser, Biomechanics Interest Group, BASES, Loughborough, 2006
- Consultancy work for the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)
- Tutor for British Gymnastics Coaching Courses
Selected Invited Conference Keynote and Speaker Presentations:
- “Optimal technique, variability, control, and skilled performance” Keynote Speaker, Computer Science in Sport Conference, Loughborough, UK, 2015.
- “Optimal technique in a noisy environment: application to the upstart” Invited presentation at World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, USA, 2014.
- “Optimal technique, variability, control, and skilled performance” Invited presentation at the Sport Sciences for the Promotion of Active Life conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2013.
- “Incorporating aspects of motor control in the optimisation of human performance” Keynote Speaker at Sport, Measure & Simulation Conference, Poitiers, 2011.
- “Coaching biomechanics interface: Simulation modelling” Invited Speaker at the XXVIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, Marquette, USA, 2010.
- “Computer simulation in gymnastics” Invited Speaker at the BASES Annual Conference, Leeds, 2009.
- “Optimisation of high bar circling technique for consistent performance" Invited Speaker at Mathematics in Sport, Salford, 2007.
- "Optimisation of gymnastic performance" Invited Speaker at the BASES Annual Conference, Bath, 2007.
Selected Recent Research Projects and Sources of Funding:
- Biomechanics of elite gymnastics skills. British Gymnastics, £81,000. Jan 2006 - September 2008.
- Optimum performance in the badminton smash. Badminton World Federation., £7,000. November 2014.
- Blenkinsop, G.M., Pain, M.T.G., and Hiley, M.J. (2016). Evaluating feedback time delay during perturbed and unperturbed balance in handstand, Human Movement Science, 48, 112-120.
- Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2016). Investigating optimal technique in the presence of motor system noise: application to the double layout somersault dismount on high bar, Journal of Sport Science, 34(5), 440-449.
- Hiley, M.J., Jackson, M.I. and Yeadon, M.R. (2015). The influence of touchdown conditions and contact phase technique on post-flight angular momentum in the straight handspring somersault vault, Human Movement Science, 42, 117-131.
- Yeadon, M.R., Jackson, M.I. and Hiley, M.J. (2014). The influence of touchdown conditions and contact phase technique on post-flight height in the straight handspring somersault vault, Journal of Biomechanics, 47(12), 3143-3148.
- Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2014). Determining the solution space for a co-ordinated whole body movement in a noisy environment: application to the upstart in gymnastics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30, 508-513.
- Yeadon, M.R. and Hiley, M.J. (2014). The control of twisting somersaults, Journal of Biomechanics, 47 (6), 1340-1347.
- Hiley, M.J., Zuevsky, V.V. and Yeadon, M.R. (2013). Is skilled technique characterised by high or low variability? – An analysis of high bar giant circles, Human Movement Science, 32, 171-180.
- Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2013). Investigating optimal technique in a noisy environment: application to the upstart on uneven bars, Human Movement Science, 32, 181-191.
- Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2012). The effect of cost function on optimum technique of the undersomersault on parallel bars, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28 (1), 10-19.
- Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2012). Achieving consistent performance in a complex whole body movement: the Tkatchev on high bar, Human Movement Science, 31 (4), 834-843.
- Yeadon, M.R., Rosamond, E.L. and Hiley, M.J. (2012). The biomechanical design of a gymnastics training aid for a handstand on the rings, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 226, 24-31.
- Jackson, M.I., Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2011). A comparison of Coulomb and pseudo-Coulomb friction implementations: Application to the table contact phase of gymnastics vaulting, Journal of Biomechanics, 44 (15), 2706-2711.
- Hiley, M.J., Apostolidis, A. and Yeadon, M.R. (2011). Loads on a gymnastics safety support system during maximal use, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 225, 1-7.
- Begon, M., Yeadon, M.R. & Hiley, M.J. (2009). Effect of hip flexibility on optimal stalder performances on high bar, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 12 (5), 575-583.
- Hiley, M.J. and Yeadon, M.R. (2008). Optimisation of high bar circling technique for consistent performance of a triple piked somersault dismount, Journal of Biomechanics, 41, 1730-1735.