School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Sam Allen

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Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics

Sam graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences in the year 2000; he then obtained an MSc in Sports Biomechanics from Loughborough University in 2004. Following this, he taught at Doncaster College for a year before returning to Loughborough to undertake a PhD in the computer simulation of the triple jump, which he completed in 2009. After a period working on a dental project as a Research Associate in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Sam was appointed as a Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics in the summer of 2010.Sam is a keen sportsman with a background in Athletics, Rugby, and Cricket.

Sam's main research interests lie in the understanding of technique and the optimisation of performance in dynamic jumps using computer simulation. He is also interested in increasing the biofidelity of computer simulation models in order to better represent the systems that are being simulated. In addition to jumping Sam is also interested in human locomotion; specifically running and sprinting.


  • Journal of Biomechanics
  • Journal of Applied Biomechanics
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • PLoS One

External Examiner

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Allen, S.J., King, M.A, and Yeadon, M.R., "Tradeoffs between horizontal and vertical velocities during triple jumping and the effect on phase distances", Journal of Biomechanics, Accepted.
  • Allen, S.J., King, M.A. and Yeadon, M.R., “Models incorporating pin joints are suitable for simulating performance but unsuitable for simulating internal loading'', Journal of Biomechanics, 45(8), May 2012, pp 1430-1436.
  • Forrester, S., Allen, S.J., Presswood, R., Toy, A. and Pain, M.T.G., ''Neuromuscular function in healthy occlusion'', Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 37, 2010, pp 663-669.
  • Allen, S.J., King, M.A. and Yeadon, M.R., ''Is a single or double arm technique more advantageous in triple jumping?'', Journal of Biomechanics, 43(16), December 2010, pp 3156-3161.
  • Allen, S.J., King, M.A. and Yeadon, M.R., 2013. Trade-offs between horizontal and vertical velocities during triple jumping and the effect on phase distances. Journal of Biomechanics, 46 (5), pp. 979–983.
  • Allen, S.J., King, M.A. and Yeadon, M.R., 2016. Optimisation of phase ratio in the triple jump using computer simulation. Human Movement Science, 46, pp. 167-176.