PhD Studentship: Informing Golf Equipment Construction through Golfer Biomechanics

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Dr Aimee Mears

Secondary supervisor: Dr Jonathan Roberts

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project Detail:

A challenge for sports equipment and sportswear companies is providing the most accurate advice for the prescription and engineering of sports equipment/sportswear to suit an individual based on their subjective, functional and performance requirements. Golfers, for example, purchase golf clubs to help improve performance, enhance the feel of a shot or reduce the risk of injury. Customisation of golf equipment or golf club-fitting is often based on performance or club/ball outcome measures, the benefits of which can be different between golfers due to their individual swing movement patterns.

Individual movement patterns, quantified using biomechanics variables and analytical techniques, have been observed in runners. As such, some running footwear companies are striving to redefine the design and prescription of running shoes based on individual movement patterns. Golfers also exhibit individualised movement patterns yet understanding how these movement patterns are influenced by golf equipment requires investigation and forms the focus of this studentship. This studentship will appeal to students interested in studying human-sport equipment interaction, with a specific focus on golf, using biomechanical methods and analytical techniques.

Find out more:

Further information about the activities of the Sports Technology Research Group can be found at www.sports-technology.com

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, sports science, computer science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: biomechanics, computer science

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Aimee Mears

Email address: A.C.Mears@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number: 01509 564823

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select  Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS18

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PhD

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Midlands of England