Dr Isabel Moore

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Lecturer

Telephone number: 029 2041 6342
Email address:imoore@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Dr. Moore is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Medicine and joined the school in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher and became a lecturer in 2015. Dr. Moore spent six years at the University of Exeter, completing her undergraduate degree and PhD thesis entitled "Running self-optimisation: Acute and short-term adaptations to running mechanics and running economy". Her research currently focuses on lower limb overuse injuries and she also works on several injury epidemiology projects, advising National Governing Bodies on injury prevention and management strategies.

She has published in a range of international peer reviewed journals and has experience conducting biomechanical gait assessments for a range of elite and non-elite athletes (runners, triathletes, amputee sprinters, marines, rugby players and tennis players). Additionally, she leads the Sports injury Research Group (SiRG) alongside Dr. Craig Ranson.

Research Interests and Publications

Research Interests

My research interests focus on biomechanical and physiological adaptations during running. Specifically, I examine how runners naturally self-optimise and utilise motor learning principles to investigate how running gait can be retrained to alleviate lower limb overuse injury symptoms. The aim of my research is to understand why (metabolic or injury risk changes) and how (neuromuscular, kinematic, kinetic and ventilatory responses) adaptations may occur.

More recently, I have also become interested in injury epidemiology and injury prevention programmes.  The aim is to use statistical processes to identify priority injury problems and patterns in a player's subsequent injuries. Risk factors for priority injuries can then be biomechanically investigated to help inform injury prevention within applied settings.

 

Research funding

2015 'Accelerator Funding': An interdisciplinary mechanistic evaluation of a clinical running retraining programme (Principal investigator £2,085).

2015 MRC Proximity to Discover (University of Exeter): Assessing the validity and feasibility of objectively quantifying training characteristics associated with the development of running related injuries (Co-investigator £51,296).

2015 World Rugby: The impact of concussion on subsequent injury risk in Rugby Union (Co-investigator £37,789)

2015 Welsh Rugby Union: The Prevention of Head and Shoulder Injuries through Coach Education (PHASICE) (Co-investigator £45,000).

2015 'Get Started': Feasibility to perform injury surveillance in youth athletics (Principal investigator £1,000).

2013 Santander Scholarship: Development of injury surveillance systems (Principal investigator £1,000).

Refereed Academic Journal Articles

Moore, I. S. (2016). Is there an economical running technique? A review of modifiable biomechanical factors affecting running economy. Sports Medicine.

Moore, I. S., Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2015). Reduced oxygen cost of running is related to alignment of the resultant GRF and leg axis vector: A pilot study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. DOI: 10.1111/sms.12514

Moore, I. S., Ranson, C., & Mathema, P. (2015). Injury risk on international Rugby Union: Three-year injury surveillance of the Welsh National Team. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/2325967115596194

Mathema, P., Evans, D., Moore, I. S., Ranson, C., & Martin, R. (2015). Concussed or not concussed? An assessment of concussion experience and knowledge within elite and semi-professional Rugby Union. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

Moore, I. S., Pitt, W., Nunns. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2014). Effects of a seven-week minimalist footwear transition programme on footstrike modality, pressure variables and loading rates. Footwear Science. DOI: 10.1080/19424280.2014.971352

Moore, I. S., Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2014). The pursuit of improved running performance: Can changes in cushioning and somatosensory feedback influence running economy and injury risk? Footwear Science, 6(1), 1-11. DOI:10.1080/19424280.2013.873487

Moore, I. S., & Dixon, S. J. (2014). Changes to sagittal plane kinematics with treadmill familiarisation to barefoot running. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30(5), 626-6231. DOI: 10.1123/jab.2013-0239

Moore, I. S., Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2013). Relationship between metabolic cost and muscular coactivation across running speeds. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(6), 671-676. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.09.014

Moore, I. S. (2013). 'The Beast Within': Life with an invisible chronic illness. Qualitative Inquiry, 19, 201-208. DOI: 10.1177/1077800412466052

Moore, I. S., Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2012). Mechanisms for improved running economy in beginner runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(9): 1756-1763.

Invited Professional Articles

Moore, I. S. (2016). Injury rates in Rugby Union: Priorities, patterns and impact on performance. Undergraduate Sport and Exercise Medicine Society e-magazine, e2.

Moore, I. S. (2012). Active Voice: Do runners self-optimise? Sports Medicine Bulletin, 092512

Key Note Presentations

Moore, I. S. (2015). Priority injury problems in Rugby and Football Codes. British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Cardiff, UK.

Moore, I. S. (2015). Running re-education: Review of the evidence. Association of Foot and Ankle Physiotherapists 3rd Annual Conference. London, UK.

Moore, I. S. (2014). Barefoot and shod running: Implications for performance and injury risk. Running Conference, Kettering.

Moore, I. S. (2014). Welsh Rugby Union injury surveillance project. Welsh Rugby Union Sports Medicine Conference. Cardiff, UK.

Moore, I. S. (2013). The pursuit of improved running performance. Barefoot Connections Conference, Surrey.

Moore, I. S. (2013). Preliminary injury surveillance overview. County Cricket. England and Wales Cricket Board Sports Medicine Conference. Birmingham, UK.

Refereed Conference Communications

Moore, I. S., Jones, A., & Dixon, S. (July 2015). Optimising running mechanics for long-distance running: Aligning the ground reaction force and longitudinal leg axis vectors. 33rd International Society of Biomechanics in Sport.

Moore, I. S., & Gittoes. (July 2015). Trial stabilisation of running mechanics. Footwear Biomechanics Symposium. Liverpool, UK.

Gittoes, M., & Moore, I. S. (July 2015). Trial stabilisation of running biomechanics with shoe familiarisation in trained distance runners. International Society of Biomechanics. Poitiers, France.

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson. C. (2015). Daily exposure during one-year of international cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson. C. (2015). Fast bowler match and training workload patterns during international cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Mansingh, A., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. (2015). Longitudinal injury surveillance for an international team cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Langley, B., Ranson, C., & Moore, I. (2015). Five-year epidemiology of muscle injuries in professional cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson. C. (2015). Bowlers are at greater risk of sustaining related, subsequent injuries than batters or wicket-keepers. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Langley, B., Moore, I., Newman, D., Peirce, N., & Ranson, C. (2015). Five-year injury types and rates of First Class County Cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson. C. (2015). Three-year cricket injury surveillance: Fast bowlers are the biggest injury burden. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

McCaig, S., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. (2015). The impact of throwing arm pain on cricket training and match availability and performance in elite adolescent cricketers. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket. Sydney, Australia.

Mathema, P., Ranson, C., & Moore, I. (2014). National team rugby player injury types, rates and risk factors over two-years. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 635.

Mathema, P., Moore I., Ranson, C. (2014). Do tournament schedule and squad composition influence injury types and rates in international rugby? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 635.

Moore, I., Mathema, P., & Ranson, C. (2014). The impact of injury in welsh professional rugby. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 642.

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson. C. (2014). Injury types and rates in an international cricket team: application of subsequent injury categorisation. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 642.

Moore, I. S., Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2013) The pursuit of improved running performance: The influence of cushioning and proprioception on running economy and injury risk. Proceedings of Footwear Biomechanics Symposium.

Moore, I. S., Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2013) Mechanisms for changes in running economy during barefoot, minimalist shod and shod running. Proceedings of International Society of Biomechanics.

Moore, I. S, Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2013). Barefoot treadmill familiarisation. Proceedings of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.

Moore, I. S, Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2012). Optimisation of gait: Efficiency and injury prevention. Proceedings of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, Ulster.

Moore, I. S, Jones, A. M., & Dixon, S. J. (2011). A multidisciplinary examination of beginner runners. Proceeding of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.   

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching

I am module leader for Sport and Exercise Science (SSP7054) and Research Process (SSP7056) on the Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc course. I also teach biomechanics at both undergraduate (Sports Biomechanics; SSP6057) and postgraduate (Theoretical and Experimental Sport Biomechanics; SSP7014) level, in addition to supervising dissertations in the areas of sports medicine and biomechanics.

Post Graduate Research Supervision:

Doctor of Philosophy
Steve McCaig (England and Wales Cricket Board). Thesis title: Throwing arm pain in elite adolescent cricketers. Registered at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and co-supervised by Dr. Craig Ranson, Dr. Mark Batt and Dr. Andrew Miles. Expected completion 2016. Supervisor.
Jason Pedley. Thesis title: The effects of drop jump force-time characteristics on risk of injury in youth male soccer players. Registered at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and co-supervised by Dr. Jon Oliver and Dr. Rhodri Lloyd. Expected completion 2020. Supervisor.
Adeline Phillips. Thesis title: Identifying the most appropriate exercises to condition the hamstring muscles to maximal velocity sprinting in elite athletes. Registered at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and co-supervised by Dr. Craig Ranson and Dr. Jon Oliver. Expected completion 2019. Supervisor.
John Radnor. Thesis title: Effects of age, maturation ad training on musculotendon structure and its neural regulation of stretch-shortening cycle activity. Registered at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and supervised by Dr. Rhodri Lloyd, Dr. Jon Oliver and Dr. Charlie Waugh. Expected completion 2018. Advisor.        

Qualifications and Awards

B.Sc Exercise and Sport Sciences, Exeter University 2010. First class. Human Kinetic Award (achieving the highest grade across the cohort).

Ph.D Biomechanics and physiology, Exeter University 2013.

Associate of the Higher Education Academy

Nike Award 2013. Awarded for the strongest contribution in the field of athletic footwear research. 

External Links

I have a number of research collaborations and have provided biomechanical expertise to several external bodies:

  • Welsh Rugby Union
  • Sports Surgery Clinic
  • University of Exeter
  • Footstrike Analysis
  • Complete Sports Care
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Triathletes

Conducted illegal bowling action biomechanical assessments for the International Cricket Council (2014 – 2015).

Consultant injury epidemiologist to various National Governing bodies:

  • Welsh Rugby Union
  • England and Wales Cricket Board
  • International Cricket Council
  • United Kingdom Athletics

Member of Welsh Rugby Union Injury Surveillance steering group (2013 – present).

Member of England and Wales Cricket Board Injury Surveillance steering group (2013 – 2016).

Member of professional bodies:

  • Footwear Biomechanics Group
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Biomechanics Interest Group (British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences)
  • British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences

I am also a journal reviewer for a number of sports medicine and sports science journals: Sports Medicine; Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports; Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Sports Science and Medicine; Gait and Posture; Footwear Science; Journal of Sports Sciences; International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; PLOS one. 

Sporting / Coaching Profile

Performance

Bristol City Women’s centre of excellence (2000 – 2005)
Somerset County football (2005 – 2007)
Bristol City Women’s football club (2005 – 2007)
Exeter University Ladies football club (2007 – 2013)

Coaching

Exeter University Ladies 2nd team 2008 – 2009