Bodil is a PhD student at the Centre of Sports Engineering Research.
Bodil completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement Sciences in VU University Amsterdam Amsterdam with a specialisation in Sports Innovation at TU Delft. During this time she also contributed to biomechanical research for children with walking disabilities at VU University Medical Centre. Other research areas include monitoring the heart rate recovery of the elite Dutch swimmers at InnoSportLab in Eindhoven and developing protective cycling gear at TU Delft.
In 2013, Bodil moved to Sheffield in order to undertake MSc Sports Engineering. After finishing the course she started as a graduate intern at CSER to follow up on her MSc project commissioned by World Rugby (former IRB).
Her work is funded by a prestigious Vice Chancellors PhD scholarship, and it aims to develop a realistic and reliable test method to assess the safety of different stud designs. In order to achieve this she is developing biofidelic skin and soft tissue simulants from different types of silicones.
Areas of Interest
- skin simulants
- human movement sciences
- sports engineering
Effect of studded footwear design on skin injuries in sport
Alongside her PhD, Bodil is a rugby player, and leads weekly night time trail runs in the Peak District, climbs, and is passionate about cycling.
Coming from the Netherlands, Bodil moved to Sheffield in 2013 to specialise in sports engineering. She is focusing on reducing the risk of skin laceration injuries caused by rugby and football boots. Her research aims to develop a realistic and reliable test method to assess the safety of different stud designs and she is collaborating with governing bodies.
Bodil won the Vice-Chancellors scholarship to perform her research and next to her PhD studies she was been a rugby player herself for over nine years. Her previous research areas also include monitoring the heart rate recovery of the elite swimmers and developing protective cycling gear.