Dr Tina Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science from the University of Brighton and a PhD in sports biomechanics from Southern Cross University (Australia). Her research interests are linked to the biomechanics of sport, health and exercise. In the area of health and exercise these include the biomechanics of functional movement and activities of daily living in differing populations, and the use of biomechanically derived feedback and exercise interventions to improve musculo-skeletal health and functional performance at everyday tasks. Within sport key interests include the biomechanics of sports performance, especially football, and the application of biomechanics to the coaching environment.
Additional themes that run through her research are using 3-D modelling to include analysis of the biomechanics of trunk and hip motion. Also exploring the use of existing, and developing novel technology, to assess performance in field and clinical settings. Current work in this area includes the development of a novel device to quantify a clinical test used in the assessment of Parkinson’s disease and physical activity monitoring related to the mechanics of bone health.
Dr Smith is also interested in the development of e-learning provision in biomechanics. She has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training) as well as a Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has previously been awarded funding by the Higher Education Academy UK Centre for Biosciences to enhance teaching methods used within the physical sciences in Higher Education.
Dr Smith has published her work in peer reviewed academic journals and presented her work at international conferences, such as the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. She also reviews articles for international academic journals.