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Conor Power

Conor Power MSc

Associate Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6197 ext. 6197 Room no. RM204

Biography

Conor has always been fascinated with human movement and the influences this has on performance. He started using this to inform his own sport, which then moved to help his coaching and ultimately led him to study biomechanics and sport science at undergraduate level.

After working in a sport environment for around five years, Conor decided that he could have a greater impact by reallocating his attention to a wider population and the reduction of injuries in such populations. Therefore he became interested in the differences between movement patterns presented by individuals in active populations, such as military, fire fighters, police, etc.

Conor believes that a better understanding of the relationship between how a person moves and their individual injury risk will allow for more efficient physical training methods and injury prevention mechanisms to be developed. Consequently, this will lead to a reduction of injury in high risk populations and increase the average fitness within such groups. However, the biggest impact he hopes to have is the quality of life for those who are at greater risk of injury. We know that the greater risk to injury is previous injury. If we can reduce the risk of the initial injury, we can reduce a person’s whole life injury risk, and therefore improve their quality of life for a far greater length of time that the time in which they engage with their employment.

Further information

  1. Industry experience

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    Performance analysis (Bournemouth Rugby)

    Pre- and post-season testing (Portsmouth FC)

    Lead biomechanist:

    • Full potential
    • Lands’ End to John O’Groats record attempt (twice, one successful)
    • Transatlantic rowing race (winner of the two man category)
  2. Teaching experience

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    Winchester University:

    • Applied sport and exercise biomechanics (years 1, 2 and 3)
    • Research methods (years 1, 2 and 3)

    University of Southampton:

    • Practical biomechanics (podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy)
  3. Research interests

    Conor's research interests lie in injury reduction in females in physically demanding professions (military, police, fire fighter, etc); and a better understanding of the relations hip between movement quality and injury likelihood.
  4. Work in progress

    Follow the link below to learn more about Conor's current work.

    Retrospective analysis:

    • Analysis of Navy lower limb injury data and its relationship to movement quality

    Laboratory study:

    • Assessing the changes in motion control when subjected to variance of external load conditions (rear loaded backpacks) in military recruit population.

    Intervention study:

    • Using a pre-exercise muscle activation warm-up to improve movement quality in Phase-1 military recruits.