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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


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