School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences
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.
Performance analysis (Bournemouth Rugby)
Pre- and post-season testing (Portsmouth FC)
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