Sports Performance Research Group

Under the direction of Prof Alan Nevill research at Wolverhampton includes identifying the optimal body shape for successful sportsmen and women, the effects of whole body vibration training on the performance indices and the influence of limb dominance on movement.

Projects and Events

BASES Biomechanics Interest Group 2013

The 2013 BASES Biomechanics Interest Group annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Wolverhampton at the Walsall Campus on:Thursday 4th April 2013 from 9,00am to 5,00pm. As with previous meetings, this event will be a low cost event; the aim being to allow those working, or with an interest in, sport and exercise biomechanics to meet up and share ideas around research and teaching with like-minded biomechanists. Further details regarding the meeting (abstract submission, key-note speakers, accommodation etc.) can be found through Biomechanics Interest Group section of the BASES webpages or by contacting Adam Hawkey (the Current Chair). Find out more about the BASES Biomechanics Interest Group 2013.

Home Advantage

Professor Nevill’s research includes investigating the causes of home advantage. Why home advantage is strongly evident in team games but relatively week in individual sports is one of the imponderables under investigated. Recent findings include why a decline in home advantage has occurred in many team games since World War 2

The acute effects of vibration on time to stabilisation in elite footballers

This investigates the effects of acute whole body vibration stimulus on dynamic postural control (measured using time to stabilisation) amongst an elite group of footballers

Can vibration improve balance and dynamic stability for those with functional ankle instability

A study into the effects of a combination of instability and vibration training on improving balance and strength in a population of collegiate footballers suffering functional ankle instability.

The effect of fatigue on balance

This project looks into the effect of additional vibration stimulus following a dynamics warm up on strength, power and agility parameters. In comparison to other common warm up progressions.

Postgraduate (Research) Study

Many members of APAC actively support students engaging in Postgraduate study – both on Taught courses and through Research degrees.

Current Research Students

Nikos Apostolopoulos
MicroStretching® - A Mechanotransduction
Mediator of Inflammation

Adam Watts
Home Advantage - the potential impact of improved training of match officials


For further information on the work of this group, or to discuss opportunities for collaboration and/or consultancy relating to our areas of expertise, please contact Prof Alan Nevill.

If you are interested in research collaboration or study in sport performance please contact Prof Alan Nevill or +44 (0)1902-322838.

Recent Publications

Group Members

Professor Alan Nevill
Professor in Research

Professor Yiannis Koutedakis
Professor in Applied Physiology

Professor Matthew Wyon
Professor in Dance Science

Ross Cloak
Physiology and Biomechanics

Adam Hawkey
Course Leader BSc Sport and Exercise Science