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Adam Hawkey

Adam Hawkey

Head of Sport Science and Performance

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

+44 023 820 6156 ext. 6156 Room no. RM206

Biography

Adam joined Solent University in August 2016 to take up the role of Head of Sport Science and Performance. He is currently a Director of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the UK’s professional body for Sport and Exercise Science. He also Chairs the BASES Division of Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour and the Biomechanics Interest Group (BIG).

He is an Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Research and Pedagogy), specialising in biomechanics, a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Adam has a vast amount of experience working in elite sport, having advised Premier League and Championship football clubs, British Judo and British Gymnastics and assisted with athlete preparation during Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A former researcher with NASA’s Biomedical Office at the Kennedy Space Centre, where he investigated musculoskeletal alterations during space flight, he continues his research in this field with a focus on the use of vibration exercise to improve musculoskeletal health and performance in a variety of groups (including astronauts, athletes and ageing populations).

For his work on human spaceflight Adam has been awarded a distinguished Fellowship of the British Interplanetary Society, the world’s longest established organisation devoted to space exploration. A former Editor of the Journal of Sports Therapy, he currently reviews for a wide range of journals (incl. Journal of Sports Sciences, Sports Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Journal of Biomechanics and the Public Library of Science [PLoS]).

He has recently written two chapters for Routledge’s Handbook of Sports Therapy, Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation (“Clinical Assessment in Sports Therapy” and “The ankle and foot region: anatomy, assessment and injuries”). Adam has also been invited by Routledge to write the latest edition of “Introduction to Sports Biomechanics: Analysing Human Movement”, the seminal text previously edited by Roger Bartlett.

Taught courses and positions

In addition to being Head of Sport Science and Performance, where he is responsible for staff, facilities and courses relating to Sport Science, Sport Coaching, Sports Therapy, Athletic Development and Peak Performance, and Football Science, Adam contributes to biomechanics units on BSc Applied Sport Science/Sports Coaching and MSc Athletic Development and Peak Performance degrees. 

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Awards

    Over the course of his career, Adam Hawkey has received a number of academic awards. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Awarded Chartered Scientist (CSci) status from the Science Council (2016)
    • Awarded Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist status by BASES (2016)
    • Appointed member of BASES Annual Conference Scientific Committee (2016)
    • Awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
    • Nominated in Abertay University’s Annual Teaching Awards (2015)
    • Honorary Lectureship, School of Medicine, University of Dundee (2014)
    • Appointed BASES Director/Chair of Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour (2014)
    • Elected Chair of BASES Biomechanics Interest Group (BIG) (2011)
    • Awarded Fellowship of the British Interplanetary Society (2005)
    • Recipient of the Kathleen Flaskett Research Bursary to investigate exercise protocols on International Space Station with NASA’s Biomedical Office (2001)
  2. Industry experience

    As a Director of BASES, Adam is involved in strategic planning and is the associations lead for professional accreditation and undergraduate endorsement. Find out more by following the link below.

    As a Director of BASES, Adam is involved in strategic planning and is the associations lead for professional accreditation and undergraduate endorsement. In these roles Adam regularly collaborates with organisations such as the English Institute of Sport, Sport England and the Football Association; in addition to working with UK universities and government departments. He has also recently been involved in Memorandum of Understanding with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA: Australian equivalent to BASES), agreement to join the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Physical Activity and Lifestyle (PAL) project, and a partnership with the Premier League.

    He regularly consults with professional sports clubs (including Premier League and Championship football teams) and individual athletes: most notably he was an Official Biomechanics Expert at London 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games.

    Since 2013 Adam has been a member of the Scientific Advisor Board for M.I.E. Medical Research, providing independent research testing of their FitQuestTM system. 

  3. Research interests

    Adam has worked on and lead a wide range of research projects in areas ranging from sport science to human spaceflight. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Lead proposer for funding awarded through the Dundee Academy of Sport to install a specialist portable force platform-based system to support teaching, research and outreach work (including athlete testing) and to allow for training of local coaches and practitioners.
    • Lead Researcher for Sport England Project “Get Healthy, Get into Sport”: (~£744,000). Project designed to encourage 3000 inactive people to engage in sport once a week for at least 30 minutes through the establishment of eight health sport hubs in areas with the lowest participation/highest health inequalities in the UK.  
    • Operation Lead Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Innovation Project: Diagnostic Radiography (~£50,000). Awarded Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) grant to set up a new bone scanning/body composition facility (HealthScan) as part of a wider strategic development at the University of Wolverhampton.
    • Co-ordinated bone densitometry/body composition services (Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City Football Clubs, British Judo, British Gymnastics): Providing analysis on bone density and body composition scans to professional sports teams in order to assist with physical training and nutritional interventions. 
    • Co-ordinator and supervisor for Graduate STEP Internships with Aston Villa Football Club. Organised and managed internships for sports science graduates with premier league football club. Project required liaising with coaching, management and support staff, while monitoring and evaluating training and development.
    • Medical Lead for Project Borealis: Martian North Pole. Led a team of scientists and clinicians in helping to establish plans for an exploration to the North Pole on Mars. Inter-agency project with contribution from NASA, ESA, the British Interplanetary Society, the British Geological Society, and SETI.
    • Associate Researcher with NASA’s Biomedical Task Group at the Kennedy Space Center. Investigating the effectiveness of current exercise protocols in maintaining musculoskeletal health during long-duration spaceflight.
  4. Teaching experience

    Since 2014 Adam has held the prestigious position of Honorary Lecturer in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics within the Ninewells Hospital and Medical School. Find out more by following the link below.

    Since 2014 Adam has held the prestigious position of Honorary Lecturer in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics within the Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, part of the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. He continues to provide expert biomechanical input to staff and student projects and initiatives in both the School’s Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery and the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR). http://www.orthopaedics.dundee.ac.uk/imar.php 

    Adam has also previously been Academic Curriculum Manager (previously Director of Academic Programmes) at Abertay University (2014-2016) and Course Leader in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wolverhampton (2005-2014).

  5. Work in progress

    Adam is taking over from Roger Bartlett to write the latest version of the seminal textbook in Sports Biomechanics. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Author of the 4th Edition of Routledge’s “Introduction to Sport Biomechanics: Analysing Human Movement Patterns”. Taking over from Roger Bartlett to write the latest version of the seminal textbook in Sports Biomechanics. While this will be a single-authored text it will involve collaboration with some of the world’s leading biomechanics experts to develop example case studies.

    Biomechanics lead supporting a project to assist HSX Antarctica, led by Joe Doherty, to become the first Scout expedition in the world to ski to the South Pole then kite ski back, a total distance of 1,400 miles. 

    Involved in a collaborative project with Bournemouth University to examine the effects of a new form of knee replacement upon the ability to perform various tasks, including walking, jogging, and turning. 

  6. Recent publications

    Find out more about Adam's published work. Follow the link below.
    • Hawkey, A. Increases in lower body power indices following alternating vibration training in a recreationally active female population. (In review for International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health).
    • Watson, M. and Hawkey, A. Validation of a linear position transducer for measuring jumping performance. (In review for BASES-FEPSAC Annual Conference 2017, Journal of Sports Sciences).
    • Hawkey, A., Hockey, P., Bedford, K. and Robbins, D. Investigating the effects of vibration on mechanical efficiency during cycling (In review for BASES-FEPSAC Annual Conference 2017, Journal of Sports Sciences).
    • Edwards, L. and Hawkey, A.Controlling the timing of feedback affects performance gains in a maximum power task. (In review for BASES-FEPSAC Annual Conference 2017, Journal of Sports Sciences).
    • Conway, R. and Hawkey, A. Comparing visual search strategies in successful and unsuccessful one-on-one defensive situations in soccer. (In review for BASES-FEPSAC Annual Conference 2017, Journal of Sports Sciences).
    • Hawkey, A. and Morrison, D. (In Press).In-season whole-body vibration training enhances vertical jump performance in professional soccer goalkeepers. Turkish Journal of Sport and Exercise.
    • Hawkey, A. (2017). Ability, disability and mobility: an interview with Micky Yule. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 46: 28.
    • Babraj, J. and Hawkey, A. (2017). Improved insulin sensitivity with the application of short-term whole body vibration training. Al Ameen Journal of Medical Sciences, 10(1): 3-9.
    • Hawkey, A., Rittweger, J., and Rubin, C. (2016). Vibration exercise: evaluating efficacy and safety on the musculoskeletal system. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 50: 26-27.
    • Hawkey, A., Griffiths, K., Babraj, J. and Cobley, J.N. (2016). Whole body vibration training and its implications to age-related performance decrements: an exploratory analysis. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(2): 555-560.
    • Ward, K., Douglin, T., Boardman, H. and Hawkey, A. (2016). The ankle and foot region: anatomy, assessment and injuries: in Ward, K. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Sports Therapy, Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation. Oxon: Routledge. pp. 650-705.
    • Ward, K., Grice, M., Di Leva, R., Evans, K., Baker, J. and Hawkey, A. (2016). Clinical assessment in sports therapy: in Ward, K. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Sports Therapy, Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation. Oxon: Routledge. pp. 41-131.
    • Lowe, I. and Hawkey, A. (2015). Using sport as a context for learning. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 46: 27-28.
    • Hawkey, A., and Gardiner, I. (2015). Raising heel height alters pressure variables in experienced high-heel wearers. Journal of Sports Therapy, 7(1).
    • Hawkey, A. and Parsons, A. (2014). Variation in bone density and body composition of professional footballers throughout a single season. Journal of Sport Sciences, 32(S2): S24.
    • Hawkey, A. and Dunn, J. (2014). Acute pre-exercise whole body vibration exposure does not improve sprinting performance in elite male athletes. Journal of Sport Sciences, 32(S2): S23-4.