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Adam Hawkey

Dr Adam Hawkey

Associate Professor

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Biography

Adam Hawkey is Associate Professor of Sport Science and Human Performance and the Strategic Lead for Knowledge Exchange at Solent University Southampton. He is also an Honorary Professor of Sports Science at the Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (SIMATS University) in India, and Honorary Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. A former Director and Deputy Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Adam has recently been appointed onto the High Performance Sport Professional Development Committee of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Accredited by BASES and awarded Chartered Scientist status (CSci) from the Science Council, Adam has had professional roles at Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games and regularly provides scientific support to performers from a range of sports and disciplines, including the English Premier League.

He regularly presents his research at national and international conferences and has recently been invited to be the Keynote speaker at a number of high-profile events in China, India, USA, Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. Publishing his findings in peer-reviewed journals, he also acts as a reviewer, editor, and editorial board member, for respected publications.

A former researcher in NASA’s Biomedical Office at the Kennedy Space Center, Adam continues to contribute to the understanding of human performance during spaceflight missions, including a Surviving in Space project with The Physiological Society and a report about the terrestrial application of space-based life science research for UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences (UK SpaceLABS).

In recognition of his service to sport and exercise science, human spaceflight and education, he has been awarded Fellowships of BASES (FBASES), and the British Interplanetary Society (FBIS), and a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) respectively.

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Industry experience

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.

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, 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).

Recent publications

  • Conway, R. and Hawkey, A. Comparing visual search strategies in successful and unsuccessful one-on-one defensive situations in soccer: a case study of elite junior female players. (In Press with Sport Science).
  • Hawkey, A. (2018). Stress fracture of the metatarsal-phalangeal tibial sesamoid bone: a case study evaluating symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(S1): p53.
  • Hawkey, A. and Finch, D. (2018). Reliability and validity of the Hykso© tracking system in monitoring punch velocity: a feasibility study Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(S1): p19.
  • Morphew, C. and Hawkey, A. (2018). Comparison of sitting and supine positions on an isokinetic dynamometer: effects on the hamstring quadriceps ratio. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(S1): p84.
  • Hawkey, A. (2018). Increases in lower body power following short-term vibration training: utilisation of a relatively low-cost, side-alternating platform. Malaysian Journal of Movement, Health and Exercise, 7(2): 1-10.
  • Hawkey, A., Hockey, P., Bedford, K. and Robbins, D. (2017).Investigating the effects of vibration on mechanical efficiency during cycling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(S1): S20.
  • Edwards, L. and Hawkey, A.(2017).Controlling the timing of feedback affects performance gains in a maximum power task. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(S1): S83.
  • Watson, M. and Hawkey, A. (2017).Validation of a linear position transducer for measuring jumping performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(S1): S84.
  • Hawkey, A. and Morrison, D. (2017). In-season whole-body vibration training enhances vertical jump performance in professional soccer goalkeepers. Turkish Journal of Sport and Exercise, 19(2): 143-149.
  • Hawkey, A. (2017). Ability, disability and mobility: an interview with Micky Yule. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 48: 28.
  • Babraj, J. and Hawkey, A. (2017). Improved insulin sensitivity following a short-term whole body vibration intervention. Al Ameen Journal of Medical Sciences, 10(1): 3-9.
  • Hawkey, A., Rittweger, J. and Rubin, C. (2016). Vibration exercise: evaluating its efficacy and safety on the musculoskeletal system. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 50: 26-27.
  • Hawkey, A., et al. (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.
  • Olafsson, S. and Hawkey, A. (2015). Good vibrations: the use of whole body vibration in rehabilitation. Sjukrapjalfarinn, 2(43): 22-29.
  • Lowe, I. and Hawkey, A. (2015). Using sport as a context for learning. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 46: 27-28.
  • 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.

Research interests

  • 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.

Awards

  • Appointed Deputy Chair of BASES (2019)
  • 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)

Work in progress

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.

Adam is also the sport science and performance lead supporting an Atlantic rowing challenge by firemen Adam Bundle and Stu Vince from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to set a new Atlantic crossing record (while raising money for local charities).