Sport and physical activity have represented a large proportion of Conor's life and this is unlikely to change. Through participating, coaching and watching, he became fascinated with the outcome of movement and attempted to find the perfect technique for his chosen sports.
He was primarily a 100m and 200m runner, and triple jumper and therefore spent a great deal of time in and around Southampton's track learning from coaching and performance analysis experts. It was at this time he was introduced to invers dynamics and 3D motion capture. And although this was completely over his head he was completely struck by how maths and scientific study could answer the questions he had been asking for years. Soon after, he applied to university to study sport science and biomechanics and has been working in this field ever since. He has moved from sport to activity as he believes there is scope for greater impact on the general population here, but he still have an affinity for almost every sport he can think of.
While studying for his MSc and PhD, he has taught sport and exercise biomechanics at Winchester University and health science and anatomical biomechanics at Southampton University.
Conor's main experience is working with and alongside phase 1 and 2 military recruits. In this role he has overseen and delivered movement quality and injury reduction interventions as well as laboratory based movement examinations of external load on recruits. He has also worked with professional football and rugby teams in the south, such as Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth during pre- and post-season fitness assessments.
Conor's main focus is to further understand the effect movement has on hand and soft tissue structures. We nearly fully understand that if a person were to have non-typical shaped limbs, they would move differently to compensate for this. However, there is growing evidence that the movements we undertake in our everyday life also affect the shape and functional properties of our physical structures.
Predicting injury risk of Royal Navy recruit; A systematic evaluation of the functional movement screen. J. Gibbs, C. Power, D. Böhning, M. Warner, M. Stokes and J.L. Fallowfield.
Martin B. Warner, David A. Wilson, Lee Herrington, Sharon Dixon, Conor Power, Richard Jones, Markus O. Heller, Patrick Carden, Cara L. Lewis. A Systematic Review of the Discriminating Biomechanical Parameters during the Single Leg Squat. Physical Therapy in Sport. Submitted for peer review.
Ward, T., Grabham, N., Freeman, C., Wei, Y., Hughes, A.M., Power, C., Tudor, J. and Yang, K., 2020. Multichannel Biphasic Muscle Stimulation System for Post Stroke Rehabilitation. Electronics, 9(7), p.1156.
Power, C., Fallowfield, J.L., Wardle, S., Gunner, F,. Double, B,. Gribble, H,. Warner, B.W,. Booysen, N,. Böhning, D,. Stokes, M. Mitigating injury risk in dismounted close combat personnel: improving movement quality of military personnel to protect hips and lower limbs from injury: Hip and lower limb movement quality screening in male and female military personnel; proof of concept and feasibility of a hip movement quality exercise intervention in the military. INM Report No. 2019.004
Power, C., Stokes, M,. Heller, M., Fallowfield, J.L., Warner, B.W. Mitigating injury risk in dismounted close combat personnel: improving movement quality of military personnel to protect hips and lower limbs from injury: Movement control differences under rear-loaded backpack loads in male and females military recruits.INM Report No. 2019. TBC