Steve Preece

Dr Stephen Preece

Senior Research Fellow

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Office Times

Monday 9:00am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 9:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday 9:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm

Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm


Steve is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Science Research. His work spans two main research themes: Gait Analysis and Knee, Ankle and Foot with a strong focus on understanding the biomechanics of running. As part of this work he has set up a running performance clinic  which attracts runners from all over the UK. Steve has a more general interest in the role of muscle coordination in musculoskeletal pathology and, in addition to investigating the mechanisms of common running injuries, has also completed a project looking at the effect of changing muscle coordination in patients with knee osteoarthritis patients. At present he supervises 6 PhD students who work on projects related to the biomechanics of running, running injury or the biomechanics of knee osteoarthritis.

Steve also has a research interest in wearable technology, work which links to the Measurement and Quantification of Physical Behaviour research theme. This work involves using small body mounted accelerometers to recognise and characterise physical activity patterns. Steve is currently exploring how this technology can be used to monitor running performance.


MSc Clinical Gait analysis

MSc Trama & Orthopaedics

Research Interests

  • The biomechanics of human running
  • Mechanisms underlying running overuse injuries
  • Gait characteristics & muscle coordination in knee osteoarthritis
  • Novel interventions for knee osteoarthritis
  • Footwear design analysis and footwear biomechanics
  • Activity monitoring using wearable technology

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc Hons Physics

PhD Engineering Mathematics


For a full link of publications see Steve’s Research Gate Profile and his SEEK profile