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 alongside technical and teaching responsibilities. 

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 to help inform coaching and training practices. 

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. 

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 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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 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 both undergraduate provision at Kingston.

Undergraduate courses taught


Peer reviewed journal articles:


Augustus, S., Hudson, P., Harvey, N., & Smith, N. (2021). Whole-body energy transfer strategies during football instep kicking: implications for training practices. Sports Biomechanics, In Press. https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2021.1951827

Augustus, S., Hudson, P. & Smith, N. (2021). The effect of approach velocity on pelvis and kick leg momentum conversion strategies during Football instep kicking. Journal of Sports Sciences, In Press. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2021.1929008


Augustus, S., Amca, A. M., Hudson, P. & Smith, N. (2020). Choice of low-pass filter influences practical interpretation of ball kicking motions: the effect of a time-frequency filter method. Sports Biomechanics, In Press. https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2020.1805507

Augustus, S., Amca, A. M., Hudson, P. & Smith, N. (2020). Improved accuracy of biomechanical motion data obtained during impacts using a time-frequency low-pass filter. Journal of Biomechanics, 101.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109639


Lake, J., Augustus, S., Austin, K., Comfort, P., McMahon, J., Mundy, P. & Haff, G. G. (2019). The reliability and validity of the bar-mounted PUSH BandTM 2.0 during bench press with moderate and heavy loads. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(23), 2685–2690. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1656703


Lake, J. P., Augustus, S., Austin, K., Mundy, P., McMahon, J. J., Comfort, P. & Haff, G. G. (2018). The Validity of the Push Band 2.0 during Vertical Jump Performance. Sports (Basel), 6(4). https://doi.org/10.3390/sports6040140


Augustus, S., Mundy, P. and Smith, N. (2017). Support leg action can contribute to maximal instep soccer kick performance: an intervention study. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(1). https://doi.org 10.1080/02640414.2016.1156728

Conference papers/ abstracts (peer-reviewed):


Augustus, S., Smith, N. & Hudson, P. (2021). Defining Movement Strategies in Soccer Instep Kicking Using the Relationship Between Pelvis And Kick Leg Rotations. XXXIX International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, Canberra, Australia. ‘Finalist: New Investigator Award oral Section'.


Augustus, S., Hudson, P. & Smith, N. (2020). Choice of data processing influences practical interpretation of kick leg joint kinetics during the impact phase of ball kicking. XXXVIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, Online. ‘Winner: People's Choice Award for Best Oral Presentation'.

Bates, M., Pring, C., Smith, N., Lowry, R., Augustus, S. & Hudson, P. (2020). Changes to Walking Gait and Lower Limb Joint Pain in Patients Post-Bariatric Surgery. 11th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting, Aberdeen, UK.


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.


Augustus, S., Smith, N. & Hudson, P. (2017). The Effect of Approach Velocity on Centre of Mass Motion and Performance of The Maximal Instep Soccer Kick. XXXV International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, Cologne, Germany.

Smith, N., Augustus, S. & Peacock, D. (2017). Agreement between Adidas Smartball and 3D motion analysis for measuring ball velocity and spin during soccer kicking. World Conference on Science and Soccer, Rennes. France.


Augustus, S. & Smith, N. (2015). Does forceful extension of the support leg during the kicking stride enhance maximal instep kick performance in a skilled soccer player. XXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, Poitiers. France

Augustus, S. & Smith, N. (2015). A comparison of direct and inverse kinematic methods for modeling the lower limbs during maximal instep soccer kicking. bases Biomechanics Interest Group Easter Meeting, 8th April 2015, University of Roehampton, UK.

Book chapters


Smith, N. & Augustus, S. (2018). Technique modifications to create more powerful kicking in experienced players. In ‘Football Biomechanics', H. Nunome, E. Hennig & N. Smith (Eds). Routledge, UK.