PhD Title: Validation of methods of recording kinematic and kinetic profiles of football players from a specific set of functional tasks aligned to injury risk

The studentship is with University of Salford and Machine Learning in Athletics Ltd.

Academic Supervisor: Dr Lee Herrington

Academic Co-Supervisor: Professor Richard Jones

Industrial Supervisors: Luca Contiero, Walter Marchesi

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £16,000.00 p.a. for three and a half years
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: Thursday 16th December 2021

Interviews will be held on: Friday 7th January 2022 (online)

The candidate must be in a position to register by January 2022.

Description: This icase PhD studentships has been developed between Salford University and Machine Learning in Athletics (MLA) ltd a joint Anglo-Italian start up technology company. This company aim to incorporate biomechanical profiling and modelling of sport specific movements along with other data streams into machine learning algorithms to predict injury risk in professional football. This PhD will encompass a series of projects to establish the validity and reliability of a movement screening profile to identify injury risk in professional footballers. Specifically, these projects will use 3D motion capture to establish the validity and reliability of wearable technology incorporating inertial motion sensors to capture accurately identify specific kinematic and kinetic parameters associated with musculoskeletal injury risk. Then pilot the use of these technologies in predicting injury in professional football players.

Candidates: Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy or Sports Rehabilitation/Therapy and potentially have an MSc in a sports injury management or sport science related field.

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Lee Herrington by email:

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to