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Professor Matthew Wyon

Professor Matthew Wyon

Professor in Dance Science

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 -32-3144
  • Location University of Wolverhampton William Penny Brookes (WD) Building Walsall Campus Gorway Road WALSALL WS1 3BD
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Institute Institute of Human Sciences; School of Performing Arts
  • Areas of expertise

    Vocational dance training methodologies,

    Strength and conditioning for dancers,

    CPD for dance teachers,

    Performance enhancement,

    Injury Prevention.

Matthew Wyon is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Surgery and Intervention Science, Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London and ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts, The Netherlands.  At Wolverhampton, he works in both the Institute of Sport and School of Performing Arts. He has authored more than 100 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 performance enhancement and injury reduction in dance. 

He is the outgoing President of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and sits on the Medical Advisory Committee of One 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. He has worked with numerous dancers and companies within the UK and Europe as an applied physiologist and strength and conditioning coach.   

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

My research focuses on performance enhancement and health of dancers. From a multidisciplinary perspective, mainly physiological and biomechanical based, we look at variables that can have a positive effect on dancers. We work collaboratively with a number of elite dance schools and companies (including Elmhurst Ballet School, Royal Ballet School, ArtEZ Conservatoire and Birmingham Royal Ballet) and colleagues from the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and other universities to produce meaningful and application research for the dace profession. These have included:

The development of a new training framework for vocational dance schools based on periodisation principles and adapted for the dance environment. The research initially took place at ArtEZ Conservatoire, Netherlands and is summarised in a short video

Vitamin D interventions that have demonstrated the benefits of supplementation. As dancers spend the majority of time indoors, they are at risk of being insufficient and deficient in vitamin D. Supplementation significantly reduced injury incidence and improved muscle function and jump height.

Bone mineral density has been highlighted as a growing health problem across the general population and in particular ballet dancers. We carried out a longitudina study monitoring BMD and BMC in adolescent and adult ballet dancers and noted potential problems starting in young adolescents. Further research suggested this could be in part due to the selection process where the ideal body type is also linked to a gene that has a negative effect on BMD.

Different dance genres: The majority of dance research has focused on classical ballet and contemporary/modern dance, we aim to expand the genres studied to see if there are differences between the different styles. Presently we have found differences in performance demands across the genres, including breaking, new style, DanceSport, musical theatre, ballet and contemporary. This highlights the need to avoid using the generic term "dance" but be specific to the genre under study.

Workload links with our periodisation research and we have been looking at different methods to measure internal and external loads within a dance environment.

  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Performance Science- Frontiers in Psychology
  • Reviewer: BJSM, JDMS, IJSPE, EJAP, SHJ, JSMS, IJSM, JSAMS, Oxford Press, EJSS, Gait and Posture, JSS, Kinesiology, Sport Biomechanics, Military Medicine
  • PhD, Cardiorespiratory demands of contemporary dance University of Roehampton Surrey   -   2003
  • MSc, Sport and Exercise Science – Brunel University College   -   1995
  • BSc (HONS), Sport Studies and Geography West London Institute of HE   -   1990

Publications since 2012:


Surgenor, B. and M. Wyon (2019). "Measuring training load in dance: the construct validity of session-RPE." Medical Problems in Performing Artists.



Clarke, F., Koutedakis, Y., Wilson, M., & Wyon, M. (2018). Balance in theatrical dance performance: A systematic review. Medical Problems in Performing Artists, 33(4), 276-290, doi:

Wyon, M., J. Harris, F. Adams, R. Cloak, F. Clarke and J. Bryant (2018). "Cardiorespiratory profile and performance demands of elite hip-hop dancers: Breaking and New Style." Medical Problems in Performing Artists 33 (3) 198-204

Wyon, M., R. Wolman, N. Kolokythas, K. Sheriff, S. Galloway and A. Mattiussi (2018). "The effect of Vitamin D supplementation in elite adolescent dancers on muscle function and injury incidence: a randomised double-blind study." International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2018-0084

Ambegaonkar, J., S. Caswell, J. Hansen-Honeycutt, C. Schock, M. Wyon and N. Cortes (2018). "Lower extremity horizontal single leg hop distance but not vertical power predicts lower extremity injury in female collegiate dancers." Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(7): 2018-2024

Amorim, T., C. Durães, J. C. Machado, G. S. Metsios, M. Wyon, J. Maia, A. D. Flouris, F. Marques, L. Nogueira, N. Adubeiro and Y. Koutedakis (2018). "Genetic variation in Wnt/β-catenin and ER signalling pathways in female and male elite dancers and its associations with low bone mineral density: a cross-section and longitudinal study." Osteoporosis International. DOI 10.1007/s00198-018-4610-x

Beck, S., M. Wyon and E. Redding (2018). "Changes in Energy Demand of Dance Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness During One Year of Vocational Contemporary Dance Training." Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(3): 841-848. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002357

Tiemens, A., R. van Rijn, M. Wyon, E. Redding and J. Stubbe (2018). "The influence of movement quality on heart rate while performing the dance-specific aerobic fitness test (DAFT) in pre-professional contemporary dancers." Medical Problems in Performing Artists 33(2): 77-81.

Apostolopoulos, N. C., Lahart, I. M., Plyley, M. J., Taunton, J., Nevill, A. M., Koutedakis, Y., Wyon, M, Metsios, GS (2018). The Effects of Different Passive Static Stretching Intensities on Recovery from Unaccustomed Eccentric Exercise-A Randomized Controlled Trial. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, doi:10.1139/apnm-2017-0841..

Storm, J. M., R. Wolman, E. W. Bakker and M. A. Wyon (2018). "The relationship between range of motion and injuries in adolescent dancers and sportspersons: A systematic review." Frontiers in Psychology 9: 287.

Bryant, J., J. Russell, Y. Koutedakis and M. Wyon (2018). "The Effect of Age on Spinal Range of Motion:  A Review." Ageing Science and Mental Health Studies Vol 2 (3) 1-7



Amorim T, Koutedakis Y, Nevill A, Wyon M, Maia J, Machado JC, Marques F, Metsios GS, Flouris AD, Adubeiro N, Nogueira L, and Dimitriou L. Bone mineral density in vocational and professional ballet dancers. Osteoporos Int 28: 2903-2912, 2017.

Amorim, T; Metsios, GS; Wyon, M; Nevill, AM; Flouris, AD; Maia, J; Teixeira, E; Machado, JC: Marques, F; Koutedakis, Y (2017). Bone mass of female dance students prior to professional dance training: a cross-sectional study PLOS-One 7 12 (7) e0180639 DOI

Wyon, MA; Wolman, R; Nevill, AM; Barber, A; Edwards, M; Bowd, B; Clarke, F; Bryant, J, Cloak, R (2017) The influence of hormonal contraception on vitamin D supplementation on serum 25(OH)D3 status in premenopausal women: a prospective double-blind placebo random controlled trial J Endocrinol Metab. 2017;7(4):117-121

Bergeron C, Greenwood M, Smith T, and Wyon M. (2017) Pilates training for dancers: a systematic review. National Dance Society Journal Vol 2 (1).

van Staden, A; Wyon, M; Lane, AM (2017) Self-reported symptoms of eating disorders amongst university dance students African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES) Vol 23(3) p467-484

Karpodini, C; Wyon, M; Comoutos, N; Koutedakis, Y. (2017) Leg-Length in Relation to Selected Ballet Performance Indicators. Medical Problems in Performing Artists vol 32(3):165:



Wyon, M. Allen, N, Cloak, R, Beck, S, Davies, P, Clarke, F. Assessment of maximum aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold of elite ballet dancers. Medical Problems in Performing Artists. 31(3) 145-149

Cloak, R; Lane, A; Wyon, M (2016) Professional soccer player neuromuscular responses and perceptions to acute whole body vibration training differ from amateur counterparts. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 15 57-64

Ambegaonkar JP, Cortes N, Caswell SV, Ambegaonkar GP, Wyon M. (2016) Lower extremity hypermobility, but not core muscle endurance influences balance in female collegiate dancers. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 11(2):220-229

Wyon, M., A. Nevill, R. Cloak, G. Metsios, D. Gould, A. Ingham, R. Wolman and Y. Koutedakis (2015). Acute effects of vitamin D3 supplementation on muscle strength in judoka athletes: a randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000264



Kruusamäe, H; Wyon, MA; Jurimae, T; Saar, M; Maest, J; Jurimae, J (2015) Spinal posture in different DanceSport dance styles compared with track and field athletes Medicina doi:10.1016/j.medici.2015.08.003

Beck, S., Redding, E and Wyon, M (2015). Methodological considerations for documenting the energy demand of dance activity: a review. Frontiers in Psychology 6. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00568

Apostolopoulos, N; Metsios, G; Tauton, J; Koutedakis, Y; Wyon, M (2015). Acute inflammation response to stretching: a randomised trial. Italian Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and Posturology 2(4): 368-381.

Apostolopoulos N, Metsios GS, Flouris AD, Koutedakis Y, Wyon MA. The relevance of stretch intensity and position—a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology. 2015;6:1128. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01128.

Apostolopoulos, N; Metsios, G; Koutedakis, Y; Wyon, M (2015). Stretch intensity vs. inflammation: A dose-dependent association? International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science 3(1): 1-5.



Wyon, MA; Koutedakis, Y; Wolman, R; Nevill, AM; Allen, N (2014) 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 17 (1) 8-12 DOI:10.1016/j.jsams.2013.03.007

Wyon, M; Hutchings, KM; Wells, A; Nevill, AM (2014) BMI, nutritional knowledge and eating behaviours in elite student and professional ballet dancers Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 24 (5) 257-268 doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000054

Brown, D. and Wyon, M (2104). The effect of moderate glycaemic energy bar consumption on blood glucose and mood in dancers. Medical Problems in Performing Artists 29(1) p27-31

Hopper, L; Allen, N; Wyon, M; Alderson, J; Elliot, B; Ackland, T (2014) Dance floor mechanical properties and dancer injuries in a touring professional ballet company Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 17 (1) 29-33– DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.04.013

Liiv, H; Wyon, MA; Jurimae, T; Purge, P; Saar, M; Maest, J; Jurimae, J (2014) Anthropometry and somatotypes of competitive DanceSport participants: a comparison of three different styles. HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 65 (2) 155-160

Riding-McCabe, T., J. Ambegaonkar, E. Redding and M. Wyon (2014). "Fit to Dance Survey:  a comparison with DanceSport injuries." Medical Problems in Performing Artists 29(2): 102-110.

Riding-McCabe, T., J. Ambegaonkar, M. Wyon and E. Redding (2014). Extension neck injury in female DanceSport competitors. International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training 19(3): 32-36.

Cloak, R; Nevill, AM; Smith, J; Wyon, M (2014) The acute effects of vibration stimulus following FIFA 11+ on agility and reactive strength in collegiate soccer players. Journal of Sport and Health Science 3 (4) 293-298 DOI: 10.1016/j.jshs.2014.03.014

Cloak, R; Wyon, M; Nevill, AM; Day, S (2014) The acute effects of vibration training on balance and stability amongst soccer players European Journal of Sport Sciences 1-7 DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2014.973912

Brown, D. and M. Wyon (2014). An international study on dietary supplementation use in dancers. Medical Problems in Performing Artists 29(4): 230-235

Amorim T, Wyon M, Maia J, et al. (2014) Prevalence of low bone mineral density in female dancers: a systematic review. Sports Med. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-014-0268-5

Allen, N., Ribbans, WJ; Nevill, AM; Wyon, MA (2014). "Musculoskeletal injuries in dance: a systematic review." International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 3(1): 1-8.

Liiv, H; Maeest, J; Wyon, MA; Jurimae, T; Jurimae, J (2014) Success predictors in DanceSport. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise Vol 46 (5) p82


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

Cloak, R; Nevill, AM; Day, S; Wyon, M (2013) Six weeks combined vibration and wobble board training on balance and stability in footballers with functional ankle instability Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 23 (5) 384-391

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) 70-79

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, M; Smith, A; Koutedakis, Y (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 27(11) 3053-3059 doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31828a4842

Liiv, H; Wyon, MA; Jurimae, T; Saar, M; Maest, J; Jurimae, J (2013) Anthropometry, somatotypes and aerobic power in ballet, contemporary dance and DanceSport. Medical Problems in Performing Artists Vol  p207-211

Wyon, M; Cloak, R; Lucas, J; Clarke, F (2013) The effect of midsole thickness on dynamic postural stability in dance shoes. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 28(4) 195-198

Baker, J; Wyon, M; Nevill, AM (2013) Can turn out measurements be used to predict physiotherapist-reported injury rate in dancers? Medical Problems in Performing Artists 28(4) 230-235



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 16(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 doi:10.2519/jospt.2012.3893

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.

  • Visiting Professor, Division of Surgery and Intervention Science, Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London.   2014
  • Visiting Professor in Health, Institute of the Arts, ArtEz, Arnhem, the Netherlands   2011 - 2014
  • Research Professor in Dance Science, University of Wolverhampton   2001 - present
  • Visiting Research Fellow, City University, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery   2007 - 2009
  • Reader in Performance Sciences, University of Wolverhampton   206 - 2011
  • Medici Research Fellow   2004 - 2005
  • Appointed Course leader for MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science; BA (HONS) Dance Practice and Performance; MSc Dance Science   2004 - 2009
  • Appointed Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, University of Wolverhampton   2002 - 2002
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association   2002 - 2002
  • Appointed Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, St. Martin’s College, Lancaster   2001 - 2001
  • Sport Science Research Cluster Co-ordinator, University of Roehampton Surrey   1999 - 1999
  • President of International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, 2015-17
  • Board of Governors, Elmhurst School of Dance, 2015-
  • Board of National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, UK, 2012 – present.
  • Chair of Research Committee, International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, 2009 – 2013

 Commercial Work

  • Designed and patented new ballet pointe shoe -
  • Dance Specific Fitness Tests - DVD and CD isbn 978-0-9551705-1-5