Dr Jasper Verheul

​Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Email Address: jpverheul@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Twitter: @jasper_verheul

Jasper is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. He has joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2022. Prior to joining Cardiff Met, he completed his MSc and PhD studies in sports biomechanics at Liverpool John Moores University. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in muscle biomechanics at University of Birmingham. His research topics of interest include biomechanical loading during sports movements, muscle-tendon mechanics, and biomechanical adaptations to training. He teaches across a range of biomechanics modules at BSc and MSc level.

Research Interests and Publications

Research Interests

My current research primarily focuses on the biomechanical loads experienced by the musculoskeletal system during a range of sports, and the performance- and injury-related adaptations in response to these loads. A particular interest is the use of wearable technologies – such as body-worn inertial measurement units – in combination with musculoskeletal modelling and advanced mathematical techniques to better understand the biomechanics of sports movements in field settings.

Journal Articles

Verheul, J., Robinson, M.A. & Burton, S. (2024). Jumping towards field-based ground reaction force estimation and assessment with OpenCap. Journal of Biomechanics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2024.112044

Verheul J, Yeo SH. (in press). A Hybrid Method for Ultrasound-Based Tracking of Skeletal Muscle Architecture. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng.

Verheul J, Nedergaard NJ, Pogson M, Lisboa P, Gregson W, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA. (2021). Biomechanical loading during running: can a two mass-spring-damper model be used to evaluate ground reaction forces for high-intensity tasks? Sports Biomech, 20(5):571-582. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2019.1584238.

Johnson WR, Sian A, Robinson MA, Verheul J, Lloyd DG, Alderson JA. (2021). Multidimensional ground reaction forces and moments from wearable sensor accelerations via deep learning. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 68(1):289-297. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2020.3006158.

Verheul J. (2020). Biomechanical loads in running-based sports: estimating ground reaction forces from segmental accelerations (PhD Academy Award). Br J Sports Med, 54(14):879-880. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-100670.

Verheul J, Nedergaard NJ, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA. (2020). Measuring biomechanical loads in team sports – from lab to field. Sci Med Football, 4(3):246-252. doi: 10.1080/24733938.2019.1709654.

Smeets A, Verheul J, Vanrenterghem J, Staes F, Vandenneucker H, Claes S, Verschueren S. (2020). Single-joint and whole-body movement changes in ACL athletes returning to sport. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 52(8):1658-1667. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002308.

Pogson M, Verheul J, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA, Lisboa P. (2020). A neural network method to predict task- and step-specific ground reaction force magnitudes from trunk accelerations during running activities. Med Eng Phys, 78:82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2020.02.002.

Verheul J, Warmenhoven J, Lisboa P, Gregson W, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA. (2019). Identifying generalised segmental acceleration patterns that contribute to ground reaction force features across different running tasks. J Sci Med Sport, 22(12):1355-1360. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.07.006.

Verheul J, Gregson W, Lisboa P, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA. (2019). Whole-body biomechanical load in running-based sports: the validity of estimating ground reaction forces from segmental accelerations. J Sci Med Sport, 22(6):716-722. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.12.007.

Nedergaard NJ, Verheul J, Drust B, Etchells T, Lisboa P, Robinson MA, Vanrenterghem J. (2018). The feasibility of predicting ground reaction forces during running from a trunk accelerometry driven mass-spring-damper model. PeerJ, 6:e6105. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6105.

Verheul J, Clansey AC, Lake MJ. (2017). Adjustments with running speed reveal neuromuscular adaptations during landing associated with high mileage running training. J Appl Physiol, 122(3):653-665. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00801.2016.

Teaching and Supervision


I teach across a range of biomechanics modules at BSc and MSc level and currently lead the Sport and Exercise Biomechanics module (SSP5127). Additionally, I supervise several under- and postgraduate dissertation projects that investigate various biomechanical aspects of sports performance, load monitoring, and adaptation. I am also a personal tutor for the Sport and Exercise Science programme.

Qualifications and Awards


  • PhD in Sports Biomechanics, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019.
  • MSc in Sport and Clinical Biomechanics, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015.
  • BSc in Architecture, Building and Planning (Structural Design), Eindhoven University of Technology, 2012.
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • PhD Academy Award 2019-2020 nomination by the British Journal of Sport Medicine, 2020.
  • Best oral presentation award at the BASES Biomechanics Interest Group meeting, University of Salford, 2018.
  • Young investigators award nomination at the Muscles and Movement conference, Queen Mary University of London, 2016.

External Links

I am a full member of the International Society of Biomechanics (2017-present) and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (2022-present). I am a reviewer for a number of international scientific journals in the areas of biomechanics, sport medicine, and sport and exercise science, with >60 verified reviews on Publons.

External Examinations

  • PhD thesis: Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), 2021

External Collaborators

  • Dr Mark Robinson – Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Dr Sang-Hoon Yeo – University of Birmingham, UK
  • Professor Jos Vanrenterghem – KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Dr Shinjiro Sueda – Texas A&M University, USA