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Dr Ryan Mahaffey

Ryan is a lecturer in Sports Biomechanics at St Mary’s University. He has supervised MRes and PhD students to completion in areas of sport and health biomechanics. He is currently supervising two MRes and two PhD students at St Mary’s University.

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Ryan’s specialist areas are: 3D motion capture, lower limb kinematic and kinetic assessment, and gait analysis across a diverse range of populations including paediatric obesity and elite sports. 

MRes project areas

Under the supervision of Ryan, MRes candidates can potentially complete projects in areas including:

  • Measuring sporting performance by 3D motion capture
  • Understanding the effects of clinic conditions and injuries on human motion
  • Accelerometry based measures of physical activity and function

Tel: 020 8240 4012

phil-priceDr Phil Price

Phil is the BSc Programme Director for Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Science and also lectures on the MSc S&C programme and the Masters of Research programme at St Mary’s University. Phil has a PhD in Bioengineering form St Mary’s University and has been lecturing at St Mary’s University for nine years. Phil is also the former head S&C coach of Ealing Trailfinders RFC and has worked with athletes ranging from national to international level.

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Phil’s specialist areas are:

  • Lower limb function
  • Performance and injury
  • Understanding injury mechanisms
  • Musculoskeletal modelling
MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Phil would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. For some projects, there will be opportunities to work with elite sports teams. These are:

  • Determinants of lower limb injury
  • Understanding ACL injury mechanisms using musculoskeletal modelling
  • Mechanical factors effecting explosive performance (Jumps, Sprints etc)
  • Mechanics of Paralympic Powerlifting

Tel: 020 8240 4224

emily-cushionEmily Cushion

Emily is a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University. Prior to working here, she worked with the English Institute of Sport as a strength and conditioning coach, working with various sports.

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Emily’s specialist areas are: movement variability analysis and female health.

MRes project areas

There are two broad areas that Emily would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. These are:

  • Determining movement variability in skill development or pathological conditions
  • Understanding movement changes influenced by the menstrual cycle


alexandra-atackDr Alex Atack

Alex is the BSc Sport Science Programme Director and a Lecturer in Biomechanics at St Mary’s University. Alex has previously been a Visiting Lecturer in Biomechanics at University of Hertfordshire and a Graduate Assistant at St Mary’s University. Alex has previously worked as an Exercise Physiologist at Nuffield Health and alongside the England Rugby U20 kickers.

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Alex’s research specialises in the biomechanical analysis of sports techniques – particularly striking skills such as kicking in various football codes, swimming and cricket.

MRes project areas

Alex would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in the areas outlined within her specialisms, with a particular focus on a three-dimensional analysis of movement and understanding how successful sporting performance is achieved.



guiseppe-cimadoroDr Giuseppe Cimadoro

Giuseppe is a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University. Giuseppe has been involved for several years in Combat Sports (Thai-boxing, K-1, kickboxing), and Track & Field (sprinting) as a coach, and in professional Tennis as Strength and Conditioning trainer. He is currently active coaching Kickboxing, Thai-Boxing and delivering S&C in Tennis.

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Giuseppe’s applied research areas relate to Strength and Conditioning and Stand-Up Striking Combat Sports performance:

  • Development of impact force assessment devices
  • Fighting acute fatigue
  • Fighting performance modelling
  • Neuromuscular and perceptual features of striking
MRes project areas

Giuseppe invites MRes candidates to complete projects related to fighting performance modelling, mechanical and neuromuscular features of fighting actions, and strength training effects on force/accuracy of striking.

  • Neuromuscular and mechanical characteristics of kick striking
  • Modelling Kickboxing K-1 style and Muay Thai performance
  • Effects of induced muscle contusion on neuromuscular efficiency
  • Transfer of strength training to accurate punch or kick striking.