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Leon Foster

Dr. Leon Foster MEng. PhD.

Researcher

Summary

Dr Leon Foster is a researcher at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, specialising in performance analysis systems. Leon has developed software and hardware for performance analysis tools for elite athletes. He has also become involved in the development of these technologies for use by the general public through a jointly funded European Union Interreg project called ProFit. Leon has a keen interest in testing sports equipment and has developed testing protocols to evaluate the safety of protective sporting equipment within the Centre for Sports Engineering Research laboratory. In addition to his research Leon lecturers within the MSc Sports Engineering course, and supervises several PhD students. 

  • About

    Dr Leon Foster is a researcher at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. Prior to joining the group at Sheffield Hallam University, Leon graduated from the University of Bath with a MEng in Sports Engineering. Leon then completed his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012, modelling the influence of technology on athletic performance in a range of different sports. Taking key elements from his PhD, Leon embarked on the 2012 Institute of Physics schools lecture tour titled " Physics and the Games: a Winning Formula". He was part of a team of three who were responsible for delivering and organising a series of lectures at schools and universities throughout the UK, including at the Royal Institution. 

    Leon's research specialises in performance analysis systems. He has developed software and hardware for performance analysis tools for elite athletes. He has recently become involved in the development of these technologies for use by the general public on a jointly funded European Union Interreg project called ProFit. Leon also has a keen interest in testing sports equipment and has developed testing protocols to evaluate the safety of protective sporting equipment within the Centre for Sports Engineering Research laboratory. In addition to his research Leon coordinates and manages the departments laboratory equipment, lecturers within the MSc Sports Engineering course, is part of the team developing the new BSc Sports and Exercise Technology course, and supervises several PhD students. 

    Areas of interest:

    • Sports engineering
    • Performance analysis
    • Materials testing
    • Systems development
  • Teaching

    BSc Sports and Exercise Science:

    • Technology and Innovation – Applications to Sport and Exercise. 

    MSc Sports Engineering:

    • Mechanics of Sports Equipment

    BSc Sports Technology (2018-19 start date):

    • Technology and Innovation – Applications to Sport and Exercise. 
    • Sports Equipment Design
    • Sports Mechanics (module leader)
  • Research

    Research centre:

    • Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER)

    Research theme groups:

    Current research projects:

    • EIS Innovation Partnership – developing athlete performance monitoring tools
    • Auxetics for sports safety equipment – development of novel materials to improve the characteristics of sports safety equipment
    • SETA - Modelling of Non-motorised mobility – Horizon 2020 research project 

    Collaborators and sponsors:

    • Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy 
    • TU Delft
    • National Centre for Sports Exercise Medicine (NCSEM)
    • English Institute of Sport Innovation and Technology Partnership
  • Publications

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Current supervised PhD student:

    • Duncan, O., Auxetics Sport Safety Applications

    Completed supervised PhD students:

    • McInerney, C., Modelling successful plays in hockey, July 2017

  • Media

    Dr Leon Foster is a researcher at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, specialising in performance analysis systems. Leon has developed software and hardware for performance analysis tools for elite athletes. He has also become involved in the development of these technologies for use by the general public through a jointly funded European Union Interreg project called ProFit. Leon has a keen interest in testing sports equipment and has developed testing protocols to evaluate the safety of protective sporting equipment within the Centre for Sports Engineering Research laboratory. In addition to his research Leon lecturers within the MSc Sports Engineering course, and supervises several PhD students. 

    The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is led by Dr David James. It is the world's largest academic group in sports engineering and an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and knowledge transfer. The centre's work is based on four research disciplines; applied computing, biomechanics, design engineering, and skill acquisition. In each area, researchers develop fundamental knowledge and deliver applied solutions to enhance athletic performance, reduce injury and promote physical activity. 

    CSER works in partnership with many sport, health and commercial organisations. We are immensely proud of our work with Team GB Olympic, and Paralympic athletes, and we enjoy research partnerships with global organisations such as the International Tennis Federation, FIFA, and Adidas. 

    Areas of interest:

    • Sports engineering
    • Performance analysis
    • Materials testing
    • Systems development

    Notable media coverage:

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