Senior lecturer in sports and exercise biomechanics, Kingston University.
Dr Nicola Swann's current research interests include the effects of growth and development on biomechanics and injury mechanisms during athletic activities. In sports biomechanics, the laws of mechanics are applied in order to gain a greater understanding of athletic performance and to reduce sports injuries
After completing her PhD, which used the ostrich for modelling an athletic musculoskeletal system during growth, Nicola spent two years working as a research biomechanist and part-time lecturer at McTimoney College of Chiropractic.
She is well-placed to comment authoritively on all aspects of sports performance and sports injury, including helping us understand how some people become such amazing athletes and what happens when such sports people need to recover from injury.
She is also able to talk about how disabled sports men and women use prosethics or how army personnel rehabilitate after facing severe limb injury. Gait analysis is another area that Nicola has a keen interest in.
|2006||PhD in biomechanics, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London.|
|2002||MsC biomedical engineering, University of Surrey.|
|2000||BEng mechanical engineering, Brunel University.|
|2008 -||Senior lecturer in sports and exercise biomechanics, Kingston University.|
|2007 - 2011||Lecturer, McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Oxon.|
|2007 - 2008||Biomechanist, QinetiQ Ltd, Hampshire.|
|2000 - 2003||Clinical scientist, The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.|
N.C. Smith, K.J. Jespers, A.M. Wilson (2010) Ontogenetic scaling of locomotor kinetics and kinematics of the ostrich (Struthio Camelus). Journal of Experimental Biology.
N.C. Smith, R.C. Payne, K.J.M. Jespers and A.M. Wilson (2007) Muscle moment arms of pelvic limb muscles of the ostrich (Struthio Camelus) Journal of Anatomy. 211, 313-324
D.L. Jindrich, N.C. Smith, K.J. Jespers and A.M. Wilson (2007) Mechanics of cutting manoeuvres by ostriches (Struthio camelus). Journal of Experimental Biology. 210, 1378-1390
N.C. Smith, A.M. Wilson, K.J.M. Jespers and R.C. Payne (2006) Muscle architecture and functional anatomy of the pelvic limb of the ostrich (Struthio camelus). Journal of Anatomy. 209, 765-779
R.C. Payne, J.R. Hutchinson, J.J. Robilliard, N.C. Smith, A.M. Wilson (2005) Functional specialisation of pelvic limb anatomy in horses (Equus caballus). Journal of Anatomy, 206, 557-574
Dr Swann has presented on her specialist subject at a number of conferences in the UK.