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Sarah Churchill

Dr Sarah M Churchill BSc (Hons), PhD

Senior Lecturer

Summary

Sarah gained her PhD entitled "Biomechanical Investigations of Bend Running Technique in Athletic Sprint Events" at the University of Bath and joined Sarah joined the teaching team at Hallam in 2013. Sarah is a Fellow of the HEA and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Technology degree. She delivers of a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules.

Sarah is an active researcher in the field of biomechanics and performance analysis. Her main interests are in the biomechanics of sprinting, in particular bend sprinting, biomechanics of rugby and gait analysis.

  • About

    Sarah studied for a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science with Associated Biological Science at the University of Worcester. She worked as a Technical Engineer conducting applied biomechanics research at the Motion Analysis Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MARRC) at the University of Worcester before joining the University of Bath to study for a PhD entitled "Biomechanical Investigations of Bend Running Technique in Athletic Sprint Events". With almost 10 years of teaching experience, Sarah is a Fellow of the HEA and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Technology degree. She delivers of a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules. Sarah also supervises a number of research projects from undergraduate through to doctoral level. 

    Sarah is an active researcher in the field of biomechanics and performance analysis. Her main interests are in the biomechanics of sprinting, in particular bend sprinting, biomechanics of rugby and gait analysis.

    Sarah also has applied experience of providing biomechanics support to elite athletes and Paralympic athletes.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Biomechanics of Sprinting 
    Gait analysis
    Biomechanics of Rugby Union
    Performance analysis of Rugby Union

  • Teaching

    Subject area

    Sport and Exercise Science
    Sport and Exercise Technology

    Courses

    BSc Sport and Exercise Science
    BSc Sport and Exercise Technology
    MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

    Modules

    Foundations of Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (L4)
    Foundations of Human Sciences (L4)
    Sport and Exercise Mechanics (L4)
    Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise (L5)
     Work Based Learning in Sport and Exercise (L5)
    Applied Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise (L6)
    Analysis and Evaluation of Performance: Technical and Tactical (L7)

  • Publications

    HUGHES, Angus, BARNES, Andrew, CHURCHILL, Sarah and STONE, Joseph (2017). Performance indicators that discriminate winning and losing in elite men’s and women’s Rugby Union. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 17 (4), 534-544.

    YEH, Hsiao-Pu, STONE, Joseph, CHURCHILL, Sarah, BRYMER, Eric and DAVIDS, Keith (2017). Physical and emotional benefits of different exercise environments designed for treadmill running. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (7), p. 752.

    JUDSON, Laura, CHURCHILL, Sarah, BARNES, Andrew, STONE, Joseph and WHEAT, Jonathan (2017). Simplified marker sets for the calculation of centre of mass location during bend sprinting. In: 35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2017,, German Sport University Cologne, 14. - 18 June 2017. (Unpublished)

    YEH, H, STONE, Joseph, CHURCHILL, Sarah, BRYMER, E and DAVIDS, Keith (2016). Designing physical activity environments to enhance physical and psychological effects. Procedia Engineering, 147, 793-798.

    YEH, Hsiao-Pu, STONE, Joseph, CHURCHILL, Sarah, WHEAT, Jonathan, BRYMER, Eric and DAVIDS, Keith (2016). Physical, psychological and emotional benefits of green physical activity: An ecological dynamics perspective. Sports Medicine, 46 (7), 947-953.

    STEAN, Dale, BARNES, Andrew and CHURCHILL, Sarah M. (2015). Effect of the 'Crouch, Bind, Set' engagement routine on scrum performance in English Premiership Rugby. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 15 (3), 1202-1212.

    CHURCHILL, Sarah M, TREWARTHA, Grant, BEZODIS, Ian N and SALO, Aki I T (2015). Force production during maximal effort bend sprinting : theory versus reality. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26 (10), 1171-1179.

    CHURCHILL, Sarah M., SALO, Aki I.T. and TREWARTHA, Grant (2015). The effect of the bend on technique and performance during maximal effort sprinting. Sports Biomechanics, 14 (1), 106-121.

    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    Bevins, J., Churchill, S., Corbett, M., Palmer, R., Pratt, D. & Uutela, A. (2009). Intra- and inter-laboratory repeatability of gait analysis data in normal adults. Gait & Posture, 30, S14.

    Peer Reviewed conference communications 

    Andrew Barnes , Angus Hughes, Sarah Churchill, Joseph Stone: Performance indicators that discriminate winning and losing in elite Men's and Women's Rugby Union.. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport, Alicante; 11/2016

    Yeh, H.-P., Stone, J. A., Churchill, S. M., Brymer, E., & Davids, K. (2016). Designing Physical Activity Environments to Enhance Physical and Psychological Effects. The 11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Delft, Netherlands, 11th - 14th July 2016

    Churchill, S. M., Trewartha, G. & Salo, A. I. T. (2015) Bend sprinting at different radii of an outdoor athletics track. 33rd International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports. Poitiers, France, 29th June - 3rd July 2015.

    Reeves, J., Trewartha, G., & Churchill, S.M. (2014) A Comparison of the badminton split and cut movement with a plant and cut movement. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.

    Churchill, S. M., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K.A., England, M. & Trewartha, G. (2013) The relationship between player technique and forces generated in rugby scrummaging. In N. Balagué, C. Torrents, A. Vilanova, J. Cadefau, R. Tarragó, E. Tsolakidis (Eds.) Proceedings of the 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. (154-155) Barcelona: National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC).

    Churchill, S. M., Salo, A. I. T., Trewartha, G. & Bezodis, I. N. (2012). Force production during maximal effort sprinting on the bend. In E. J. Bradshaw, A. Burnett, & P. A.Hume (Eds.) Proceedings of XXX International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports. (119-122). Melbourne: Australian Catholic University. 

    Churchill, S. M., Salo, A. I. T. & Trewartha, G. (2011). The effect of the bend on technique and performance during maximal speed sprinting. Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences, 11 (Suppl. 2), 471-474.

    Bezodis, I. N., Salo, A. I. T., Kerwin, D. G., Churchill, S. M. & Trewartha, G. (2010). A case study of stride frequency and swing time in elite able-bodied sprint running: implications for amputee debate. In R. Jensen, W. Ebben, E. Petushek, C. Richter & K. Roemer (Eds.)  Proceedings of XXVIII International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports. (130-133). Marquette: Northern Michigan University.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    PhD: The effect of the bend on technique and performance during the block start and initial acceleration phase of sprinting
    PhD: Investigation of the biomechanical adaptations in the key phases of bend sprinting
    PhD: The effect of step strategy on the clearance of the first hurdle
    PhD: Physical, psychological and emotional benefits of green physical activity: an ecological dynamics perspective

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