Professor Matthew Wyon

Dance Science

Matthew Wyon
Email address: m.wyon@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323144 Location: WD107 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Performance parameters in exercise focusing on dance, vibration training, shoe design, equipment design, training theory

About

Matthew Wyon is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK where he works in both the Sport and Dance Departments. He has authored more than 70 peer refereed journal articles and edited three books. At the University he is the course leader for the MSc in Dance Science and Director of Studies for a number of dance science and medicine doctoral students. His main area of research is the link between physical fitness and aesthetics in dance.

He is on the Board of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and is the Chair of their Research Committee as well as sitting on the Medical Advisory Committee of Dance UK. In 2012, alongside partners at Dance UK, University of Birmingham, Trinity Laban, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Birmingham Royal Ballet, he helped set up a multi-hub National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

In 2007, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science asked him to write the fitness testing guides for dancers. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA) and is the exercise physiologist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet and has worked with numerous dancers and companies within the UK and Europe as an applied physiologist and fitness trainer.

He was a Medici Fellow in 2004 and developed and patented a new ballet pointe shoe.

Research interests

He is the course leader for the MSc Dance Science and teaches the biomechanics and research methods modules as well as supervising the dance science support module (Professional Practice) and dissertations. Matthew gives lectures in applied physiology on the undergraduate and postgraduate sport and exercise degrees.

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Course leader MSc Dance Science,
  • Member of the School Ethics Committee,
  • Member of the School Research Committee,
  • Member of the School Professor/Reader Group,
  • Member of the University and School Applied Research and Development Committee,
  • Member of the University Professoriate

Grants Awarded: Marie Curie Research Fellowship (£255,000), Advantage Creative Fund £140,000, AHRC 2005 (£90,925 plus 2 PhD bursaries); Mercia Spinner 2005-6 (£51,605); Medici Research Fellowship 2004 (£42,650); HMPS (£43,000).

Invited Presentations: BASEM 2008: Get a grip – Dance floor and shoe construction; Symposium: Dance Injuries, Health and Pain – Related Research and Practice; Optimising potential, maximising performance 2006; Defining Moments, Scotland 2004; Dutch Healthcare Foundation 10th Anniversary, 2004; Not Just Anybody and Soul, Dance Medicine and Science Conference, The Hague, Holland 2003; Dance Medicine and Healthcare, Zurich, Switzerland, 2002; International Symposium on Dance and Medicine, Helsinki, Finland, 2001, 2005.

Consultancy: Dance UK, Medical Advisory Committee; Council for Dance Education and Teaching, UK; Laban (MSc development); de TheatreSchol, The Hague; Dancers and Musicians Union, Switzerland; Birmingham Royal Ballet, UK; Rambert Dance Company, UK; English National Ballet, UK; Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance; British Ballet Organisation; ArtEZ School of Dance , Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Membership of professional bodies

  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (Board member and chair of Research Committee),
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.

Qualifications

  • 2003 Awarded PhD – Cardiorespiratory demands of contemporary dance University of Roehampton Surrey,
  • 1995 Awarded MSc Sport and Exercise Science – Brunel University College,
  • 1990 Awarded BSc (HONS) Sport Studies and Geography West London Institute of HE.

Publications

Journal Articles Since 2011:

  • Krasnow, D., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Stecyk, S., Wilmerding, M. V., Wyon, M., & Koutedakis, Y. (2011). Development of a portable anchored dynamometer for collection of maximal voluntary isometric contractions in biomechanics research on dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 26(4), pp. 185-194.
  • Wyon, M, E Twitchett, M Angioi, F Clarke, G Metsios, Y Koutedakis,(2011) Time motion and video analysis of classical ballet and contemporary dance performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine 32(11): p. 851-855.
  • Krasnow, D., Wilmerding, M. V., Stecyk, S., Wyon, M., & Koutedakis, Y. (2011). Biomechanical research in dance: A literature review. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 26(1), pp. 3-23.
  • Russell, J., Shave, R., Kruse, D., Nevill, A., Koutedakis, Y., Wyon, M. (2011). Is goniometry suitable for measuring ankle range of motion in female ballet dancers? An initial comparison with radiographic measurement. Foot and Ankle Specialist 4(3): 151-6.
  • Russell, J., Shave, R., Kruse, D., Koutedakis, Y., Wyon, M. (2011). "Ankle and foot contributions to extreme plantar- and dorsiflexion in female ballet dancers." Foot and Ankle International 32(2): 183-8.
  • Twitchett, E; Angioi, M; Koutedakis, Y, Wyon, M (2011) Do increases in selected fitness parameters affect the aesthetic aspects of classical ballet performance. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 26(1) p35-38.
  • Angioi M, Metsios G, Twitchett E, Koutedakis Y, Wyon M. (2012) Effects of supplemental training on fitness and aesthetic competence parameters in contemporary dance: a randomised controlled trial. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 27(1):3-8.
  • Marshall L, Wyon M (2012) The effect of whole body vibration on jump height and active range of movement in female dancers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 26(3):789-93.
  • Paschalis V, Nikolaidis MG, Jamurtas AZ, Owolabi EO, Kitas GD, Wyon MA, Koutedakis Y. (2012) Dance as an eccentric form of exercise: practical implications. Med Probl Perform Art. Jun;27(2):102-6.
  • Russell, J., Kruse, D; Koutedakis, Y., Wyon, M. (2012). "Pathoanatomy of anterior ankle impingement in dancers." Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Vol 12(3) 101-108.
  • Krasnow, D., Wilmerding, M. V., Stecyk, S., Wyon, M., & Koutedakis Y. (2012). Examination of weight transfer strategies during the execution of grand battement devant at the barre, in the centre, and traveling. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 27(2) p74-84.
  • Allen, N; Nevill, A; Brooks, J; Koutedakis, Y; Wyon, M (2012) Ballet Injuries: Injury incidence and severity over one year. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, vol 42(9): p. 781-790.
  • Krasnow, D., Ambegaonkar, J. P., Wilmerding, M. V., Stecyk, S., Koutedakis, Y., Wyon, M. (2012). Electromyographic Comparison of Grand Battement Devant at the Barre, in the Centre, and Traveling. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 27(3) p 143-155.
  • Wyon, M. (2012). Supplemental physical fitness training can improve the artistic elements of dance performance. IADMS Bulletin for Teachers, 4(1), 8-11.
  • Wolman, R., Wyon, M., Allen, N., Nevill, A.M., Eastell, R., Koutedakis,Y. (2013) The vitamin D status of professional dancers in the winter and in the summer. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2012.12.010.
  • Wyon, M; Harris, J; Brown, D; Clarke, F (2013) Bilateral differences in peak force, power and maximum plié depth during multiple grande jetés Medical Problems of Performing Artists 28(1) 28-32.
  • Riding-McCabe, T., J. Ambegaonkar, E. Redding, Wyon, M (2013) A Bibliography Review of Medicine and Science Research in DanceSport. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 28 (2).
  • Riding-McCabe, T., J. Ambegaonkar, E. Redding, Wyon, M (2013) Hyperextension Neck Injury in Female DanceSport Competitors Medical Problems of Performing Artists 28 (2).
  • Wyon, M. and Y. Koutedakis (2013) Muscular Fatigue: considerations for dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science 17: 77-83.
  • Allen, N; Nevill, A; Brooks, J; Koutedakis, Y; Wyon, M (2013) The effect of a comprehensive injury audit program on injury incidence in ballet: a 3-year prospective study Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 04/2013; DOI:10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182887f32.
  • Wyon, MA; Koutedakis, Y; Wolman, R; Nevill, AM; Allen, N (2013) The influence of winter Vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and injury occurrence in elite ballet dancers: a controlled study Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport DOI:10.1016/j.jsams.2013.03.007.
  • Smith, A; Koutedakis, Y; Wyon, M (2013) A comparison of strength and stretch interventions on active and passive ranges of movement in dancers: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31828a4842.
  • Hopper, L; Allen, N; Wyon, M; Alderson, J; Elliot, B; Ackland, T (2013) Dance floor mechanical properties and dancer injuries in a touring professional ballet company Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
  • Cloak, R; Wyon, M; Nevill, AM; Day, S (in press) Six weeks combined vibration and wobble board training on balance and stability in footballers with functional ankle instability Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

Books

  • Wyon, M (2009) Cardiorespiratory demands of contemporary dance. VDM Verlag Dr Muller Akteingescellschaft & Co, Germany ISBN 978-3-639-22334-7.
  • Twitchett, E (2010) Do increases in physical fitness affect dance aesthetics Volume 1: classical ballet. Eds Wyon, M; Koutedakis, K; Metsios, G. VDM Verlag Dr Muller Akteingescellschaft & Co, Germany ISBN 978-3-639-23498-5 p217.
  • Angioi, M (2010) Do increases in physical fitness affect dance aesthetics Volume 2: contemporary dance. Eds Wyon, M; Koutedakis, K; Metsios, G. VDM Verlag Dr Muller Akteingescellschaft & Co, Germany ISBN 3639270916 0160.

Book Chapters

  • Wyon, M (2004) Challenging habit: planning and preparation, the art of periodisation and optimising performance. Not Just Anybody and Soul, Uitgeverij International Theatre and Film Books, NL p66-71.
  • Wyon, M (2006) Chapter 25 Testing the aesthetic athlete: contemporary dance and classical ballet dancers. BASES physiological testing guidelines, Routledge pp249-262.

Professional Articles

  • Wyon M. (2002) Strength training for dancers Dance UK News Issue 44 Summer.
  • Wyon M. (2002) Foundation training for dancers – coming back prepared after the summer break Dance UK News Issue 44 Summer.
  • Wyon, M (2003) Optimising Performance: planning and preparation - the art of periodisation Dance UK News Issue 47 Summer.
  • Allen, N and Wyon, M (2008) Dance Medicine: Artist or Athlete? Sport Ex Medicine Issue 35 p6-9.
  • Wyon, MA (2010) Stretching for Dance IADMS Teachers Bulletin Vol 2 (1) p9-12.
  • Wyon, MA (2011) Fitness is linked to artistry in dance. Dance UK News Summer.
  • Wyon, MA (2012) Care of the instrument: your body is amazing you need to keep it that way Dance UK Information Sheet.
  • Wyon, MA (2012)Myths and Facts about dance and the body Dance UK Information Sheet.
  • Wyon, MA (2012)Warming up and Cooling down Dance UK Information Sheet.

Commercial Work

  • Designed and patented new ballet pointe shoe – http://www.futureofdance.com/
  • Dance Specific Fitness Tests – DVD and CD isbn 978-0-9551705-1-5.

Experience in industry

  • 2011: Visiting Professor in Health, Institute of Art, ArtEz, Arnhem the Netherlands,
  • 2011: Professor in Dance Science, University of Wolverhampton,
  • 2007-9: Visiting Research Fellow, City University, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery,
  • 2006 -11: Reader in Performance Sciences, University of Wolverhampton,
  • 2004: Medici Research Fellow,
  • 2004-6: Course leader for MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science; BA (Hons) Dance, Practice and Performance; MSc Dance Science,
  • 2002: Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, University of Wolverhampton,
  • 2001: Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, St. Martin’s College, Lancaster.