Professor Steve Haake is a Professor of Sports Engineering and the Founding Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.
Originally gaining a 1st in Physics at Leeds University, Steve lectured for fifteen years in Mechanical Engineering and founded the International Sports Engineering Association, the journal Sports Engineering and the International Conference on the Engineering of Sport (of which the first two were held in Sheffield).
He has edited 9 books, given over a dozen keynotes and contributed to around 180 journal and conference papers on physics, engineering and sport. He is a member of the Technical Commission of the International Tennis Federation advising on the effect of equipment design on the rule of tennis, and has been a consultant to Adidas, Callaway and Kensington TV.
Steve was awarded an EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship in 2010 and is now is an EPSRC RISE Leader, recognised as one of the UK’s top-10 inspirational scientists and engineers. He currently acts as the Director of Research for the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield which advocates the use of physical activity as medicine and has the aspiration for Sheffield to be the most active city in the UK by 2020.
- Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Reece, L.J., Quirk, H., Wellington, C., Haake, S., & Wilson, F. (2018). Bright spots, physical activity investments that work: parkrun; a global initiative striving for healthier and happier communities. British Journal of Sports Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2018-100041
Such, E., Salway, S., Copeland, R., Haake, S., & Mann, S. (2017). A formative review of physical activity interventions for minority ethnic populations in England. Journal of Public Health, 39 (4), e265-e274. http://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdw126
Sanchez, A., Mills, C., Haake, S., Norris, M., & Scurr, J. (2017). Quantification of gravity-induced skin strain across the breast surface. Clinical Biomechanics, 50, 47-55. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2017.10.005
Driscoll, H., Bullas, A., King, C., Senior, T., Haake, S., & Hart, J. (2016). Application of Newtonian physics to predict the speed of a gravity racer. Physics Education, 51 (4), 1-7. http://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/51/4/045002
Driscoll, H., Kelley, J., Kirk, B., Koerger, H., & Haake, S. (2015). Measurement of studded shoe–surface interaction metrics during in situ performance analysis. Sports Engineering, 18 (2), 105-113. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-014-0163-1
Haake, S., Foster, L., & James, D. (2014). An improvement index to quantify the evolution of performance in running. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32 (7), 610-622. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2013.841974
Haake, S., Allen, T., Jones, A., Spurr, J., & Goodwill, S. (2012). Effect of inter-string friction on tennis ball rebound. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, 226 (7), 626-635. http://doi.org/10.1177/1350650112445956
Probst, H., Taylor, A., Bragg, C., Dodwell, D., Haake, S., Hart, J., ... Shuttleworth, P. (2012). PO-0956 support positioning and organ registration during breast cancer irradiation : the Support 4 All study. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 103 (S1), S376-S377. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0167-8140(12)71289-6
Driscoll, H., Kirk, B., Holmes, C., Koerger, H., & Haake, S. (2011). Tracking of foot movement during sprinting in studded footwear. Footwear science, 3 (Sup 1), S51-S53. http://doi.org/10.1080/19424280.2011.575820
Haake, S. (2011). Fair game: Prof Steve Haake investigates the options faced by swimming's ruling body after polyurethane full-body swimsuits boosted world record times. Engineer, 296 (7830), 18
Haake, S., & Scurr, J. (2011). A method to estimate strain in the breast during exercise. Sports engineering, 14 (1), 49-56. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-011-0071-6
Haake, S. (2009). The impact of technology on sporting performance in Olympic sports. Journal of sports sciences, 27 (13), 1421-1431. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640410903062019
Kirk, R.F., Noble, I.S.G., Mitchell, T., Rolf, C., Haake, S., & Carre, M.J. (2007). High-speed observations of football-boot-surface interactions of players in their natural environment. Sports engineering, 10 (3), 129-144. http://doi.org/10.1007/BF02844185
Suzuki, S., Haake, S., & Heller, B. (2006). Multiple modulation torque planning for a new golf-swing robot with a skilful wrist turn. Sports engineering, 9 (4), 201-208. http://doi.org/10.1007/BF02866058
Hamilton, N., & Senior, T. (2006). Development of equipment to compare novel ice skate blade materials. . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-45951-6_24
Carre, M.J., James, D.M., & Haake, S. (2006). Hybrid method for assessing the performance of sports surfaces during ball impacts. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, part L: Journal of materials: design and application, 220 (1), 31-39. http://doi.org/10.1243/14644207JMDA78
Hamilton, N.D.R., Senior, T., & Haake, S. (2004). The rolling resistance of wheelchairs.
Haake, S. (2004). An overview of the history and technology of sport. BSSM Annual Meeting, York. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-1305.2004.00169.x/full
Hart, J., Curtis, D., Hamilton, N.D.R., & Haake, S. (2004). Scanning large geometries for use in computational fluid dynamic analysis.
Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2004). Ball spin generation for oblique impacts with a tennis racket. Experimental mechanics, 44 (2), 195-206. http://doi.org/10.1007/BF02428179
Carre, M.J., Asai, T., Akatsuka, T., & Haake, S. (2002). The curve kick of a football II: flight through the air. Sports engineering, 5 (4), 193-200. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1460-2687.2002.00109.x
Pedgley, O., & Haake, S. (2002). Topple dangers posed by free-standing soccer goalposts. Sports engineering, 5 (1), 53-63. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1460-2687.2002.00097.x
Haake, S. (2002). Sports engineering. Ingenia, (12), 23-30. http://www.ingenia.org.uk/ingenia/articles.aspx?Index=166
Haake, S., Chadwick, S.G., Dignall, R.J., Goodwill, S.R., & Rose, P. (2000). Slowing the game with bigger balls. Racquet tech, 12-20
Yoxall, A., Haake, S.J., & Roberts, M. (2000). Numerical simulation of interaction between a threaded glass container and a screw cap. Glass technology, 41 (1), 30-32. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sgt/gt/2000/00000041/00000001/4101030
Pacey, M.N., Wang, X.Z., Haake, S., & Patterson, E.A. (1999). The application of evolutionary and maximum entropy algorithms to photoelastic spectral analysis. Experimental mechanics, 39 (4), 265-273. http://doi.org/10.1007/BF02329803
Carre, M.J., Baker, S.W., Newell, A.J., & Haake, S. (1999). The dynamic behaviour of cricket balls during impact and variations due to grass and soil type. Sports engineering, 2 (3), 145-160. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.1460-2687.1999.00029.x
Carazo-Alvarez, J., Haake, S., & Patterson, E.A. (1994). Completely automated photoelastic fringe analysis. Optics and lasers in engineering, 21 (3), 133-149. http://doi.org/10.1016/0143-8166(94)90067-1
Haake, S. (1994). The impact of golf balls on natural turf. I. Apparatus and test methods. Journal of Sports Turf Research Institute, 67, 128-134. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QhoTizAhspEC&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=The+impact+of+golf+balls+on+natural+turf.+I.+Apparatus+and+test+methods&source=bl&ots=QkS1wCFJsR&sig=YStonT9V4ajYfZPSOG4P5kUzguM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0-YXakIfZAhUGBMAKHUuIAtwQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=The%20impact%20of%20golf%20balls%20on%20natural%20turf.%20I.%20Apparatus%20and%20test%20methods&f=false
Haake, S., Wang, Z.F., & Patterson, E.A. (1993). Evaluation of full field automated photoelastic analysis based on phase stepping. Experimental techniques, 17 (6), 19-25. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-1567.1993.tb00785.x
Haake, S., & Patterson, E.A. (1992). Photoelastic analysis of frozen stressed specimens using spectral contents analysis. Experimental mechanics, 32 (3), 266-272. http://doi.org/10.1007/BF02319365
Haake, S. (1991). The impact of golf balls on natural turf. II. Results and conclusions. Journal of Sports Turf Research Institute, 67, 128-134. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QhoTizAhspEC&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=The+impact+of+golf+balls+on+turf&source=bl&ots=QkS1wCEMqK&sig=pL1TjS6RIwUfgdP2AvfQPP4jsrE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjz5Z3_jYfZAhWDa8AKHRYYBwIQ6AEIOjAD#v=onepage&q=The%20impact%20of%20golf%20balls%20on%20turf&f=false
Haake, S. (1987). Technical Note: An apparatus for measuring the physical properties of golf turf and their application in the field. Aston Researcher Explorer, 63, 149-152. https://research.aston.ac.uk/portal/en/theses/apparatus-and-test-methods-for-measuring-the-impact-of-golf-balls-on-turf-and-their-application-in-the-field(2f220e96-b867-42b9-9f5f-4e245c5b8f6c).html
Dunn, M., Haake, S., Wheat, J., & Goodwill, S. (2014). Validation of a single camera, spatio-temporal gait analysis system. In Procedia Engineering, 72, 243-248. Elsevier: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.043
Foster, L., James, D., & Haake, S. (2012). Influence of full body swimsuits on competitive performance. In Procedia engineering, 34, 712-717. Elsevier: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2012.04.121
Senevirathne, S.G., Kodagoda, M., Kadle, V., Haake, S., Senior, T., & Heller, B.W. (2011). Application of serious games to sport, health and exercise. In Proceedings of the 6th SLIIT Research Symposium, Sri Lanka, 1 January 2011.
Kelley, J., Choppin, S.B., Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2010). Validation of a live, automatic ball velocity and spin rate finder in tennis. In Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 2967-2972. Elsevier: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.096
Choppin, S., Goodwill, S., Haake, S., & Miller, S. (2008). Ball and racket movements recorded at the 2006 wimbledon qualifying tournament. Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-2-287-09411-8_66
Naemi, R., Aritan, S., Goodwill, S.R., Haake, S., & Sanders, R. (2008). Development of immediate feedback software for optimising glide performance and time of initiating post-glide actions. In The engineering of sport 7, 291-300. Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-2-287-99054-0_35
Pastorino, P., Scarpa, F., Patsias, S., Yates, J.R., Haake, S., & Ruzzene, M. (2007). Strain rate dependence of stiffness and poisson's ratio of auxetic open cell PU foams. In Physica status solidi (b), 244 (3), 955-965. http://doi.org/10.1002/pssb.200572714
Goodwill, S.R., Haake, S., & Miller, S. (2007). Validation of the ITF racket power machine. In Tennis science and technology 3 (pp. 113-118). International Tennis Federation: . http://www.itftennis.com/technical/publications/
Kirk, R., Haake, S., Rolf, C., Noble, I., Mitchell, T., & Carre, M. (2007). Using appropriate boundary conditions in traction test devices. In Frederick, E.C., & Yang, S.W. (Eds.) Proceedings of the VIIIth footwear biomechanics symposium (pp. 51-52). Footwear biomechanics group: . http://www.staffs.ac.uk/isb-fw/FBS07_Proceedings_Restricted.pdf
Allen, T., Goodwill, S., & Haake, S. (2007). Experimental validation of a tennis ball finite-element model. In Miller, S., & Capel-Davies, J. (Eds.) Tennis science and technology 3 (pp. 23-30). International Tennis Federation
Kirk, R.F., Carre, M.J., Haake, S., & Manson, G. (2006). Using neural networks to understand relationships in the traction of studded footwear on sports surfaces. In Liepsch, D.W. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics : Munich, Germany, July 29-August 4, 2006 Medimond
Heller, B., & Haake, S. (2006). Pacing lights - a new approach to controlling speed in the gait laboratory. In Moritz, E.F., & Haake, S.J. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 6 (pp. 63-68). Springer: . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-46051-2_12
Haake, S. (2006). Sports equipment - response to a load. In Bartlett, R., Gratton, C., & Rolf, C. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies Routledge
Lukes, R., Carre, M.J., & Haake, S.J. (2006). Track cycling: an analytical model. In Mortiz, E.F., & Haake, S. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 6 (pp. 115-120). Springer: . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-46050-5_21
Haake, S. (2006). Oblique impact. In Bartlett, R., Gratton, C., & Rolf, C. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies Routledge
Lukes, R.A., Hart, J.H., Chin, S.B., & Haake, S. (2005). The role and validation of CFD applied to cycling. In Proceedings of the Fluent user group meeting, Warwick, UK (pp. 65-75). Fluent
Dignall, R.J., Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2004). Tennis GUT – modelling the game. In Hubbard, M., Mehta, R.D., & Pallis, J.M. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 5 (pp. 382-388). International sports engineering assocation
James, D., Carre, M.J., & Haake, S. (2004). The normal impact of a cricket ball on a cricket pitch. In Hubbard, M., Mehta, R.D., & Pallis, J.M. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 5 (pp. 66-72). International sport engineering association
Heller, B., Haake, S., & Kirtley, C. (2004). An instrumented insole for measurement of foot motion. In Hubbard, M., Mehta, R.D., & Pallis, J.M. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 5 (pp. 201-206). International sport engineering association
Carre, M.J., Haake, S., Asai, T., & Akatsuka, T. (2002). The curve kick of a football. In Ujihashi, S., & Haake, S.J. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 4 (pp. 315-321). Blackwell
Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2002). A model of ball impacts on a tennis racket. In Ujihashi, S., & Haake, S.J. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 4 (pp. 215-222). Blackwell
Goodwill, S.R., & Haake, S. (2001). Comparison of flexible and rigid body modelling of a tennis racket. In Froes, F.H., & Haake, S. (Eds.) Materials and science in sport: materials and science in sports symposium, Coronado, California USA, 22-25 April 2001 (pp. 223-236). Pennsylvania, USA: The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
Dignall, R.J., Haake, S., & Chadwick, S.G. (2000). Modelling of an oblique tennis ball impact on a court surface. In Subic, A., & Haake, S. (Eds.) The engineering of sport - research development and innovation (pp. 185-192). Blackwell
Haake, S. (1999). Sports engineering. In Sanders, R.H., & Gibson, B.J. (Eds.) ISBS '99 : XVII international symposium on biomechanics in sports. Vol.1: scientific proceedings (pp. 131-135). International society of biomechanics in sports: . http://w4.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/4072
Haake, S., Wang, Z.F., Kettle, A.P., Jones, F.R., & Patterson, E.A. (1998). Photoelastic analysis of matrix stresses around a single fibre composite under dynamic loading. In Proceedings of the SEM spring conference on experimental and applied mechancis (pp. 258-260). Society for experimental mechanics
Haake, S. (1996). Oblique impact of a rotating elastic solid on a deformable surface. In Proceedings of the VIII international congress on experimental mechanics (pp. 376-377). Society for experimental mechanics
Haake, S., & Patterson, E.A. (1995). Photoelastic analysis using automated polariscopes. In Proceedings of the international conference on mechanics of solids and materials engineering (MSME 95) (pp. 884-888). unknown
Haake, S., Wang, Z.F., & Patterson, E.A. (1992). Evaluation of automated full field analysis using phase stepping. In Proceedings of the VII International Congress on Experimental Mechanics : June 8-11, 1992, Las Vegas, Nevada Society for Experimental Mechanics
Moritz, E.F., & Haake, S. (Eds.). (2006). The engineering of sport. USA: Springer
Haake, S., & Coe, A. (Eds.). (2000). Tennis science and technology. Oxford: Blackwell Science
Theses / Dissertations
Foster, L.I. (2012). Modelling the effect of technology on elite sport. (Doctoral thesis) Supervised by James, D., & Haake, S.
Glazier, P.S. (2011). Applications of dynamical systems theory and 'complex' analyses to cricket fast bowling. (Doctoral thesis) Supervised by Wheat, J., Haake, S., Davids, K., Cooper, S.-.M., & Llewellyn, L.
Allen, T.B. (2009). Finite element model of a tennis ball impact with a racket. (Doctoral thesis) Supervised by Goodwill, S., & Haake, S.
Professor of sports engineering Steve Haake is a media fellow for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, the founding editor of the Sports Engineering Journal and technical consultant to the International Tennis Federation and Adidas. He is an in-demand media expert on goal-line technology, sports engineering, aerodynamics and sporting performance.