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Timothy Vernon MSc

Senior Research Fellow


Summary

I am senior research fellow and lead of the Sport and Human Performance Research Group (S&HP).  My main areas of research include applied sport biomechanics and the measurement of physical activity in children and young people.

 

 

About

I have been a researcher at Sheffield Hallam University since 2001 and am now senior research Fellow and lead of the Sport and Human Performance Research Group (S&HP) in the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC). Initially my work focussed on sport biomechanics and in particular the mechanics of the golf swing, where I used 3D motion capture to measure and analyse the golf swings of some of the World’s best golfers.  This included working with European Tour, Ryder Cup, Challenge Tour, LPGA players and including 2016 Masters Championship winner Danny Willett. Outside of golf, I have worked with a variety of athletes from many sports including Diving, Football, Rugby League and Figure Skating and have lead and delivered research and consultancy projects for various high profile clients including The Consumer Association, Adidas TaylorMade, The Football Association and UK Sport. I have also acted as expert advisor to the European Tour Medical Advisory Board, the Golf and Health Think Tank, the Junior Review Panel for British Wheelchair Basketball and Public Health England’s Change4Life campaign. In recent years, my work has diversified to include the measurement and analysis of physical activity in children and young people.  Research projects of note include: • The validation of the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, a national statistic delivered by Sport England and IPSOS MORI to measure the activity level of England’s young people.   • The evaluation of the Secondary Teacher Training Programme, a £13.5m investment into improving the physical activity experience of secondary school students, by Sport England and a consortium of partners including the Activity Alliance, Youth Sport Trust and Association for PE. My teaching and student project supervision duties tend to cover the sport biomechanics subjects with a focus on the application of biomechanics for improvement of sport performance. 

 

 

Tim's main expertise lies in the biomechanics of sport movements with the goal of improving performance or reducing the risk of injury. More specifically his interests include the application of biomechanics techniques to the measurement of the golf swing and the integration of biomechanics and strength and conditioning.

Teaching

Alongside his consultancy work, Tim is also heavily involved in biomechanics research including the completion of his own PhD into the safe development of club head speed in golf and investigations for clients such as The Consumer Association, The Football Association, Swiss Massai Ltd, Adidas and HD Sports.

Research

  • Evaluation of the Secondary Teacher Training programme;
  • Inclusion in the UK Talent and High Performance Pathways;
  • A Feasibility Study Exploring Children’s Physical Activity During Inpatient and Outpatient Care Following a Diagnosis of Cancer: A Case Study Series
 

 

Sport England, UK Sport, Sheffield Children's Hospital

 

 

Publications

Journal articles

Vernon, T., Ruddock, A., & Gregory, M. (2021). Performance and Thermal Perceptions of Runners Competing in the London Marathon: Impact of Environmental Conditions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (16). http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168424

Bennett, J., Bickley, J., Vernon, T., Olusoga, P., & Maynard, I. (2017). Preliminary evidence for the treatment of performance blocks in sport: The efficacy of EMDR With Graded Exposure. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 11 (2), 96-110. http://doi.org/10.1891/1933-3196.11.2.96

Wheat, J.S., Vernon, T., & Milner, C.E. (2007). The measurement of upper body alignment during the golf drive. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 25 (7), 749-755. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640410601113213

Wheat, J.S., Vernon, T., & Milner, C.E. (2007). The measurement of upper body alignment during the golf drive. Journal of sports sciences, 25 (7), 749-755. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640410601113213

Tunstall, H., Mullineaux, D.R., & Vernon, T. (2005). Tennis: Criterion validity of an isokinetic dynamometer to assess shoulder function in Tennis players. Sports Biomechanics, 4 (1), 101-111. http://doi.org/10.1080/14763140508522855

Conference papers

Renshaw, I., Vernon, T., Davids, K., & Mullineaux, D.R. (2003). Variability in cricket bowlers' run-ups. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 21 (4), 250-251.

Milner, C.E., Vernon, T., & Mickelborough, J. (2003). Validation of a kinematic protocol for determining gait events during treadmill locomotion. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 21 (4), 246-247.

Vernon, T., & Renshaw, I. (2003). Regulation in the bound and delivery stride of elite fast bowlers. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 21 (4), 252-253.

Tunstall, H., Mullineaux, D.R., & Vernon, T. (2003). Criterion validity of the kinematics of an isokinetic dynamometer to assess shoulder function in tennis players. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 21 (4), 251-252.

Vernon, T., Tunstall, H., Mullineaux, D.R., Bishop, D.C., Horton, J., & Brooksbank, S.L. (2003). A biomechanical analysis of the tilt technique in wheelchair basketball. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 21 (4), 253.

Other activities

Member of the Medical Advisory Board to the PGA European Tour

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