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School of Health and Society

Dr Stephen Preece

Research Centre Director, Senior Research Fellow


Steve is the Director of the Centre for Health Sciences Research. His own research focuses on understanding the biomechanics of human movement and the role of muscle coordination in musculoskeletal pathology. As part of this work, he is investigating the mechanisms of common running injuries and has set up a running performance clinic , which attracts runners from all over the UK. Steve also researches the role of muscle coordination in knee osteoarthritis and is currently a PI on an NIHR funded project, which aims to develop a new biofeedback-based intervention for this condition. His work in running biomechanics and knee osteoarthritis sits within the Knee, Ankle and Foot research theme.

Steve also has a research interest in wearable sensor technology, which sits within the Measurement and Quantification of Physical Behaviour research theme. This research focuses on the use of small body-mounted sensors, which can measure movement, and textile-based electrophysiological sensors, which can measure heart rate and muscle activation. Steve is currently working with a local company, Smartlife, on an Innovate UK funded project, aimed at exploring how this wearable technology could be used in health and sports applications.


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