Simon Briley

  • Doctoral Researcher
Start date: October 2017
Primary supervisor: Dr Barry Mason
Secondary supervisor(s): Professor Vicky Tolfrey

After working as a sports coach Simon undertook a BSc in Sports Strength and Conditioning from the University of Gloucestershire in 2011. During this time Simon developed a passion for the study of Biomechanics and subsequently undertook an MSc in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University. In October 2017 Simon commenced a PhD studentship at Loughborough with a specific focus on the biomechanics of wheelchair athletes.

 In addition, to his academic studies, Simon has worked on a variety of applied sports science projects with recent work supporting the race profile data collection for British Athletics in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics and World Athletics Championships in 2017.


Research title: Exploring bilateral shoulder load, propulsion asymmetries and their relationship with pain and injuries in wheelchair athletes.

Simon’s work will be with the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) and will cover the following aims:

  • Quantify the magnitude of kinematic and kinetic asymmetry present in a wheelchair athlete population during wheelchair propulsion.
  • Explore the link between the magnitude of asymmetry and the presence and severity of shoulder pain in wheelchair athletes.

Explore risk factors associated with asymmetry and shoulder pain.

Featured Publications

  • Briley, S., & Deighan, M. (2014). The effect of approach distance on lower limb kinematics and ground reaction forces during a badminton lunge task. BASES Conference. St George’s Park.
  • Briley, S., & Vinson, D. (2013). Time motion analysis of elite indoor hockey competition. BASES Student conference. Cardiff Metropolitan University.