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Dr Michelle Richards

Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics

About

I completed my PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2014 where my research focused on the biomechanics of technique selection in Women's Artistic Gymnastics. I am extremely passionate about sport exercise science and biomechanics and the role in improving sports performance and reducing injury. At the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics in Sport conference I was awarded runner up for the New Investigator award for my PhD research. This is a significant international award that I was honoured to receive and to be among some of the very best emerging researchers in this field.

Within my role as Sports Biomechanics Lecturer at Kingston University, my teaching philosophy is that of a student-focused approach which aims to advance the vocational development of the student as well as their progression of knowledge and understanding of theory. My passion for health and exercise permeates throughout my academic and personal lifestyle.

Qualifications

  • 2016 - FHEA, Kingston University
  • 2014 - PhD in Sports Biomechanics, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2007 - BSc Sport and Physical Education, University of Wales, Institute, Cardiff

Research

Academic Journal Articles

Irwin, G., Exell, T., Manning, M. & Kerwin, D.G. (2016). Functional phases and angular momentum characteristics of the Tkacthev and Kovacs. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35 (6), 610-616.

Irwin, G., Exell, T., Manning, M. and Kerwin, D.G. (2014). The evolution of the Tkachev on uneven bars. International Biomechanics, 1(1), 21-28.

Manning, M.L., Irwin, G., Gittoes M.J.R. and Kerwin, D.G. (2011). Influence of longswing technique on the kinematics and key release parameters of the straddle Tkachev on uneven bars. Sports Biomechanics, 10(3), 161-173.

Academic Journal Abstracts

Irwin, G., Manning, M. and Kerwin, D.G. (2011). Kinematics and angular momentum contributions to the toe-on Tkachev on uneven bars in female gymnastics.  Portuguese Journal of Sports Sciences, 11(S2), 271-274.

Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G., Manning, M. and Brown, R. (2007).  Biomechanics of the longswing preceding the Kovacs. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(S2), 51-52.

Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G., Manning, M. and Brown, R. (2007).  The development of the Kovacs on high bar. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(S2), 49-50.

International Conference Abstracts

Manning, M. L., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D. G. and Gittoes, M. J. R. (2015). Biomechanics of Technique Selection in Women's Artistic Gymnastics: From Theory to Practice. In: Proceedings of the 33rd International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, Poitiers, France. (Runner up in the International New Investigator Award).

Manning, M., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Gittoes, M.J.R. (2009). Preparatory longswings preceding Tkachevs on uneven bars. In: Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, (Eds. R. Anderson, D. Harrison and I. Kenny), University of Limerick, Castleroy, Limerick, Ireland, ISBS, 627.

Manning, M. L., Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2008). Biomechanics of longswings preceding Tkachev on uneven bars. In: Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sports, (Eds. Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin), Seoul, South Korea, 706-709.

Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G., Manning, M. and Brown, R. (2007). Developing the Kovacs on high bar. In: Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, (Eds. H.J. Menzel, and M.H. Chagas), Ouro Preto, Brazil, 349-352.

National Conference Abstracts

Szeles, A., Justice, H., Kemp, R. & Le Roy, O., Richards, M., Usman, S., Thrower, S. and Moir, H. (2017). Interactive social media apps and technologies to enhance student learning experience and engagement. Festival of Learning 2017, Kingston University, London.

Moir, H.J., Justice, H., Kemp, R., Le Roy, O., Szeles, A., Richards, M. and Thrower, S. (2017). Designing creative tools to support practical competencies and research methods. 9th Annual Learning at City Conference 2017, City University, London.

Manning, M., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D. and Gittoes, M. (2011). Predicting uneven bar forces during the female longswing. In: M. Lauder (Ed.) Programme and Abstract book of the 26th British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences Biomechanics Interest Group. University of Chichester, UK, 15.

Other Publications

Manning, M. L. & Irwin, G. (2016). The importance of technique selection in Women's Artistic Gymnastics. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 47, 10-11

Applied Presentations

Manning, M., Wyatt, H., Wdowski, M. and Gittoes, M. (2012). Biomechanics in Sport. Science Museum, London, UK.

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