Sport Student Scoops Prize for Biomechanics Work at National Conference


A postgraduate student at Cardiff School of Sport has had her work recognised at national level. 

Cardiff Met MPhil and PhD Sports Biomechanics student Sophie Burton won the Biomechanics Interest Group’s ‘Human Kinetics Student Poster Award’ at the recent Biomechanics Interest Group BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) conference.

Sophie’s poster focused on gymnastics and presented her undergraduate dissertation project titled ‘Injury Risk in Technique Selection: The influence of hand position in the back handspring’. 

As part of her presentation, Sophie took to the floor to answer questions and justify the research methods used. Sophie also provided the audience with information regarding the topic area and potential future directions for this research.

The research was authored by Sophie Burton; Laurie Needham and Professor Gareth Irwin from Cardiff Met University; Dr Tim Exell from University of Portsmouth; and Roman Farana from the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Commenting on her award, Sophie said:

“I am extremely honoured to have won this award and would like to thank my supervisors Prof Irwin and Drs Exell and Williams. I will now continue my research on the biomechanics and motor control of skill complexity in artistic gymnastics – with the particular aim of enhancing my understanding of the interface between motor control and biomechanics in relation to injury risk and performance during the development of fundamental gymnastics skills.”

BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK which aims to promote research in the area through the application of scientific principles.