Dr Simon Augustus


Before moving to Kingston University in August 2021 as a Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics, I completed a PhD in Sports Biomechanics at the University of Chichester. 

The focus of my PhD was to identify whole-body mechanical strategies for performing ball kicking motions (e.g. football instep, rugby place, and AFL punt kicks). Knowledge of these strategies has allowed me explore different methods of enhancing performance of these skills. 

My research has also focussed on developing novel methods of processing biomechanical data (e.g. EMG, Kinematic and Force measurements) and analysing different movement patterns. I am currently investigating how such methods influence identification of athletes 'at risk' from sustaining lower limb injuries (e.g. anterior cruciate ligament, tibial stress fractures)

This work has enabled me to work with athletes and clients across different settings (e.g. sport, clinical and occupational) to help improve performance and reduce injury.  For example, I have worked with athletes in professional Motorsport, Football, Skiing and the Ministry of Defence.

In September 2021, I was Winner of the prestigious 'New Investigator Award' at the 39th Annual Conference the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Canberra, Australia.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Sport Biomechanics


  • PhD Sports Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

I have over 6 years of experience teaching Sport & Exercise Science in Higher Education. This experience covers a broad range of disciplines and I am currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

This experience has enabled me to develop effective approaches to learning and teaching in a range of contexts and implement a ‘student centred pedagogy'. I use appropriate theory and technology to ensure productive learning environments and assessment in a range of different contexts, and understand the diverse nature of the University's community.

My current teaching responsibilities include delivery of Sport Biomechanics based content across undergraduate provision at Kingston:

FX3002 - Foundation Project-Based Learning 

LS4009 - Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology

LS6020 - Biomechanics of Sport Performance and Injury

LS6023 - Sport and Exercise Science Project

Module Leader:

LS5015 - Analysis in Sport and Exercise 


Augustus, S. (2019). How do I design learning and assessment ‘from scratch'? An exploration of constructive alignment in the higher education classroom. Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Chichester, UK.

Qualifications and expertise

  • PGCert
  • FHEA

Undergraduate courses taught


Reviewer (Peer reviewed Journals and Conferences):

Sports Biomechanics

Journal of Biomechanics

Journal of Sports Sciences

International Conference Biomechanics in Sport


2021. New Investigator Award (Oral Section), 1st Place (ISBS Conference, Canberra, AUS).

2020. People's Choice Award, 1st Place (ISBS Conference, Online)

Invited Presentations:

Congress on Movement and Motor Control 2021 (Turkey, May 2021), Football Biomechanics Symposium Session.

-       Biomechanically informed training strategies to enhance instep kick performance.

Scholarly affiliations

  • Member of International Society of Biomechanics in Sport


Number of items: 15.


Augustus, Simon, Hudson, Penny E., Harvey, Nick and Smith, Neal (2021) Whole-body energy transfer strategies during football instep kicking : implications for training practices. Sports Biomechanics, ISSN (print) 1476-3141 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Augustus, Simon, Hudson, Penny E. and Smith, Neal (2021) The effect of approach velocity on pelvis and kick leg angular momentum conversion strategies during football instep kicking. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(20), pp. 2279-2288. ISSN (print) 0264-0414

Augustus, Simon, Amca, Arif Mithat, Hudson, Penny E. and Smith, Neal (2020) Choice of low-pass filter influences practical interpretation of ball kicking motions : the effect of a time-frequency filter method. Sports Biomechanics, ISSN (print) 1476-3141 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Augustus, Simon, Amca, Arif Mithat, Hudson, Penny E. and Smith, Neal (2020) Improved accuracy of biomechanical motion data obtained during impacts using a time-frequency low-pass filter. Journal of Biomechanics, 101, p. 109639. ISSN (print) 0021-9290

Lake, Jason, Augustus, Simon, Austin, Kieran, Comfort, Paul, McMahon, John, Mundy, Peter and Haff, G. Gregory (2019) The reliability and validity of the bar-mounted PUSH Band™ 2.0 during bench press with moderate and heavy loads. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(23), pp. 2685-2690. ISSN (print) 0264-0414

Lake, Jason P., Augustus, Simon, Austin, Kieran, Mundy, Peter, McMahon, John J., Comfort, Paul and Haff, Guy G. (2018) The validity of the Push Band 2.0 during vertical jump performance. Sports, 6(4), p. 140. ISSN (online) 2075-4663

Augustus, Simon, Mundy, Peter and Smith, Neal (2017) Support leg action can contribute to maximal instep soccer kick performance : an intervention study. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(1), pp. 89-98. ISSN (print) 0264-0414

Book Section

Smith, Neal and Augustus, Simon (2018) Technique modifications to create more powerful kicking in experienced players. In: Nunome, Hiroyuki , Hennig, Ewald and Smith, Neal, (eds.) Football biomechanics. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 155-172. (Routledge Research in Football) ISBN 9781138195127

Conference or Workshop Item

Augustus, S., Hudson, P.E. and Smith, N. (2022) Pelvis and kick leg sequencing during instep soccer kicking is dependent on a player’s preferred movement strategy. In: BASES Division Event - BASES BIG Day 'BIG Steps Forward'; 25 May 2022, Held online. (Unpublished)

Augustus, Simon, Hudson, Penny and Smith, Neal (2021) Defining movement strategies in soccer instep kicking using the relationship between pelvis and kick leg rotations. In: 39th Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS 2021); 03-06 Sep 2021, Canberra, Australia (Held online).

Augustus, Simon, Hudson, Penny and Smith, Neal (2020) Choice of data processing influences practical interpretation of kick leg joint kinetics during the impact phase of ball kicking. In: 38th Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS 2020); 20-24 Jul 2020, Held online.

Bates, Madeleine F., Pring, Chris, Smith, Neal, Lowry, Ruth G., Augustus, Simon and Hudson, Penny E. (2020) Changes to walking gait and lower limb joint pain in patients post-bariatric surgery. In: 11th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting; 22-24 Jan 2020, Aberdeen, U.K..

Augustus, Simon, Smith, Neal and Hudson, Penny (2017) The effect of approach velocity on centre of mass motion and performance of the maximal instep soccer kick. In: 35th Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS 2017); 14-18 Jun 2017, Cologne, Germany.

Smith, Neal, Peacock, David and Augustus, Simon (2017) Agreement between Adidas smartball and 3d motion analysis for measuring ball velocity and spin during soccer kicking. In: World Conference on Science and Soccer (WCSS 2017); 31 May - 02 Jun 2017, Rennes, France. (Unpublished)

Augustus, Simon and Smith, Neal (2015) Does forceful extension of the support leg during the kicking stride enhance maximal instep kick performance in a skilled soccer player? In: 33rd International Conference of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS 2015); 29 Jun - 03 Jul 2015, Poitiers, France.

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

External Consultancy with Industry:

Motorsports Biomechanics Ltd

AIScout Ltd