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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

James Rhodes

Dr James Rhodes

Former PhD Student in Sport Science

James Rhodes was a PhD student at the PHC under the supervision of Prof Vicky Tolfrey and Dr Barry Mason. He is currently working for Prozone. 


  • MSc Sport Science: Performance Analysis & Biomechanics – University of Chester (2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science – Edgehill University (2010)

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport (ISPAS) – Level 5 accredited Performance Analyst.

Current research interests

James is interested in exploring the use of novel technology that can be used to benefit wheelchair sports performance. His current applied work includes the role of player tracking in wheelchair court sports, in partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies and UK Sport on the development and integration of an indoor tracking system.

The research aims to advance current understandings within the area of match demands in wheelchair sports, analysing distances covered, player speed and player movement throughout the match. This project also aims to facilitate coaching knowledge in developing future training programmes.

Previous experience and interest

James’ previous experiences have seen him deliver biomechanical and performance analysis services to a range of sports, both team and individuals in elite level environments. Most recently providing performance analysis support to key athletes at the National Squash Championships, providing consultation work for the RFU, and also working with GB Paralympic swimmers in the build up to London 2012.

Selected recent publications

  • 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.
  • 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.