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.

Qualifications

  • 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 Interests

Barry is an interdisciplinary sport scientist whose research interests cover biomechanical and physiological aspects of Paralympic sports of which he has worked with for over 10 years. His current interests include the optimisation of sports performance in the wheelchair court sports either through manipulating aspects of the athletes equipment or by enhancing training strategies through the use of an indoor tracking system. Barry is also interested in developing evidence-based classification systems in Paralympic sports such as wheelchair rugby. One final area that Barry is currently exploring is directed more towards the health and wellbeing of the athletes he works with and is designed to understand more about the development and prevention of shoulder pain in this population.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

  • Mason BS, Vegter RJK, Paulson TAW, Morrissey D, van der Scheer JW, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2018). Bilateral scapular kinematics, asymmetries and shoulder pain in wheelchair athletes. International Shoulder Group Meeting 2018. Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Mason BS, van der Slikke RMA, Berger MAM, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). A comparison of 3 v 3 wheelchair basketball game formats for inclusion at the commonwealth games: a multidisciplinary approach. IPC VISTA conference 2017. Toronto, Canada.
  • Mason BS, Rhodes J, Malone L, Goosey-Tolfrey VL. (2015). Identifying key indicators of mobility performance during wheelchair rugby competition. The UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sports Medicine. Ready for Rio? 12-13 March, Burton-upon-Trent, UK. Poster
  • Fliess-Douer O, Wilber RL, Mason B, Cardinale M (2015). Give the medals to the scientists and engineers. ACSM 62nd Annual Meeting. San Diego, California.
  • Mason B (2014). Scientific assessment of wheelchair sports performance. Israeli National Paralympic Committee Congress 2014. Netanya, Israel.
  • 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

  • Fliess-Douer O, Mason B, Katz L, So R (2016). Sport and technology. In: Training and Coaching of the Paralympic Athlete, edited by W.Thompson & Y.Vanlandewijck. pp. 150-171. Wiley-Backwell, London.
  • Goosey-Tolfrey V, Mason B (2016). Enhancing wheelchair sport performance. In: Adapted Physical Education and Sport – Volume VI, edited by J.P.Winnick. pp. 529-556. Human Kinetics, Chicago, IL.
  • 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.

Recent Journal articles

  • Mason BS, Vegter RJK, Paulson TAW, Morrissey D, van der Scheer JW, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2018). Bilateral scapular kinematics, asymmetries and shoulder pain in wheelchair athletes. Gait Posture, 65, 151-156.
  • Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Vegter RJK, Mason BS, Paulson TAW, Lenton JP, van der Scheer JW, van der Woude LHV (2018). Sprint performance and propulsion asymmetries on an ergometerin trained high and low wheelchair rugby players. Scan J Med Sci Sports, 28(5), 1586-1593.
  • Mason BS, van der Slikke RMA, Hutchinson MJ, Berger MAM, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2018). The effect of small-sided game formats on physical and technical performance in wheelchair basketball. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 13(7), 891-896.
  • Rhodes JM, Mason BS, Paulson TAW, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2018). Altering the speed profiles of wheelchair rugby players with game-simulation drill design. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 13(1), 37-43.
  • Van der Slikke RMA, Mason BS, Berger MAM, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). Speed profiles in wheelchair court sports: comparison of two methods for measuring wheelchair mobility. J Biomech, 65, 221-225.
  • Griggs KE, Havenith G, Price MJ, Mason BS, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). Thermoregulatory responses during competitive wheelchair rugby match play. Int J Sports Med, 38(3), 177-183.
  • Rhodes JM, Mason BS, Paulson TAW, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2016). A comparison of speed profiles during training and competition in elite wheelchair rugby players. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 12(6), 777-782.
  • Bundon A, Mason BS, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). Expert users’ perceptions of racing wheelchair design and set-up: the knowns, unknowns and next steps. Adapt Phys Activ Q, 34(2), 141-161.
  • Paulson TAW, Mason B, Rhodes J, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2015). Individualized internal and external training load relationships in elite wheelchair rugby players. Front Physiol, 6(388), 1-7.