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.
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
MicroStretching® - A Mechanotransduction
Mediator of Inflammation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)1902-322838.
- Mikulic P, Blazina T, Nevill AM and Markovic G. (2012) Modeling longitudinal changes in maximal-intensity exercise performance in young male rowing athletes. Paediatric Exercise Science 24(2) 187-198.
- Nevill AM, Balmer NJ, Winter EM 2012 Congratulations to team GB, but why should we be so surprised? Olympic medal count can be predicted using logit regression models that include ‘home advantage’ Br J Sports Med 46:958-959.
- Balmera N, Pleasencea P, Nevill AM 2012 Evolution and revolution: Gauging the impact of technological and technical innovation on Olympic performance Journal of Sports Sciences Volume 30 p 1075-1083.
- Watts AS, Coleman 1, Nevill AM 2012 The changing shape characteristics associated with success in world-class sprinters Journal of Sports Sciences Volume 30 p 1085-1095
- Duncan MJ, Hankey J, Lyons M, James RS, Nevill AM. 2012 Peak power prediction in junior basketballers: Comparing linear and allometric models Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31825d97ac.
- Nevill AM, Allen SV, Ingham SA 2011 Modelling the determinants of 2000 m rowing ergometer performance: a proportional, curvilinear allometric approach Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports 21 p73-78.
- Wilson M, O’Hanlon R, Basavarajaiah S, George K, Green D, Ainslie P, Sharma S, Prasad S, Murrell C, Thijssen D, Nevill A, Whyte G 2010 Cardiovascular function and the veteran athlete European Journal of Applied Physiology 110 p459-478.
- Nevill AM, Beech C, Holder RL, Wyon M 2010 Scaling concept II rowing ergometer performance for differences in body mass to better reflect rowing in water Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 20 p122-127.
Professor Alan Nevill
Professor in Research
Professor Yiannis Koutedakis
Professor in Applied Physiology
Professor Matthew Wyon
Professor in Dance Science
Physiology and Biomechanics
Course Leader BSc Sport and Exercise Science