Professor David Kerwin 

David Kerwin
Professor Emeritus of Biomechanics







 
 
Qualifications

CertEd
BEd Physical Education and Mathematics
MA Physical Education
PhD Biomechanics

Research Interests
Developing and applying measurement techniques in sport and exercise settings
Analysing performances during competitions
Inverse and forward dynamics models of human movement
Specific interests in the sports of gymnastics, soccer and athletics

Consultancy
Elliptica Sport

Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
Fellow of BASES
Fellow of ISBS
Member of ISEA

Biography:
David is Professor Emeritus of Biomechanics in the School of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. He is a Fellow of ISBS, the British Association of Sport and Exercises Sciences and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a member of the Peer Review College for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK and between 2005 and 2011 headed the research unit in biomechanics based in the Welsh National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff. He was Principal Investigator on the SESAME Project aimed at developing wired and wireless technologies to enhance feedback in athletic training, an entry from which won the 2010 European Athletics Innovation Technology Award. David has been part of the International Olympic Medical Commission’s research team at four Summer Olympic Games and a member of the International Gymnastics Federation Science Commission. He has also been an editorial board member for the Journal of Sports Sciences and the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology and a member of ISBS since 1998. His research focuses on developing and applying measurement techniques in sport and exercise, including analyses of performances in major international competitions. He specialises in understanding human movements in athletics, gymnastics and soccer. David has published over 200 papers in journals and conferences, supervised more than 20 PhD students and presents at international science, sports science, sports engineering and coaching conferences including the Royal Photographic Society, the Institute of Physics, The Royal Society, The European College of Sports Sciences and the International Olympic Committee.

AWARDS AND PRIZES:
Geoffrey Dyson Award and Keynote Lecture, ‘Half a Century in Sports Biomechanics: Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Practitioners’. 31st Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013.

European Athletics Technology Innovation Award 2010.
‘Trackside Technology and Data Fusion for Developing Athletics Coaching and Performance’ by Prof David G. Kerwin, Dr Lawrence Cheng, Dr Gregor Kuntze, Dr Ian N. Bezodis, Dr Huiling Tan, Kyle Roskilly, John Lowe, Prof Alan M. Wilson and Prof Stephen Hailes.

European Athletics Coaching Innovation Award 2010.
Runner up: ‘The individual step length-step frequency interaction patterns in elite sprinters’, by Dr Aki Salo, Dr Ian Bezodis and Prof David G. Kerwin.

British Gymnastics: Recognition of a lifetime of achievement in biomechanics and gymnastics presented by British Gymnastics at the Science and Medicine Conference on ‘The Growing Child in High Performance Sport’ during the European Gymnastics Championships, Birmingham, April 2010.

Awards/Prizes won by PhD Students
Dr S.J.Dixon, (1994). First Place in the Sports Council sponsored BASES Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.

J. Prescott, (1994). British Gas Research Studentship Award Winner.

Dr  M.A. King, (1997). First Prize & $5,000, European College of Sports Sciences Congress, Copenhagen. Denmark. 

Dr S.J.Dixon, (1997). Fifth Place & $500, European College of Sports Sciences Congress,
Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr M.J. Hiley, (1998). First Prize, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Biomechanics ‘Sports Pages’ Award, Worcester, UK.

Dr M.A. Brewin, (1998). First Prize, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Biomechanics Student Award, Worcester, UK.

J. Prescott, (1999) British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, First Prize, Interdisciplinary Section, Student Award, Leeds, UK.

Dr M. Gittoes, (2004). British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Biomechanics ‘Sport Sport Pages’ Prize, Liverpool , UK.

Dr M. Gittoes, (2006). International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Salzburg, Austria, Hans Gros New Investigator’s Award.

Dr G Irwin, (2006). International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Salzburg, Austria, Hans Gros New Investigator’s Award.

Dr Ian Bezodis (2008) . Postdoctoral Research Officer, SESAME Project (2006-2008), International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Seoul, South Korea, Hans Gros New Investigator’s Award.

Awards/Prizes won by supervised Research Staff
Dr Gregor Kuntze (2010). Postdoctoral Research Officer, SESAME Project (2009-2010), International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Michigan, USA, Hans Gros New Investigator’s Award.

Recent Keynote and Invited Lectures: (5 years)
Geoffrey Dyson Keynote Lecture, ‘Half a Century in Sports Biomechanics: Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Practitioners’. 31st Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013.

Kerwin, D.G. (2011). ‘Using CODA to understand and improve porting performance’. Codamotion Conference and Workshop, 13-14 October 2011, Centre d’alt Rendiment, CAR, Barcelona, Spain.

Kerwin, D.G. ECSS, 2011. ‘Real-Time Monitoring of Sports Performance’, July 6-9, Liverpool, UK. Liverpool Conference Centre, Liverpool, UK. July 2011.

Kerwin, D.G. (2011). ‘Trackside technology for developing athletics coaching and performance’. UK-Japan Sports Engineering Symposium, Loughborough University, February 23-25th.

Kerwin, D.G. (2011). ‘Trackside technology and the coaching-biomechanics interface’, Sport & Exercise Sciences Research Institute, University of Ulster, March 10th.

Irwin G and Kerwin D.G. How Biomechanics can help quantify the Code of Points’. Maximising Gymnastics Performance through Science and Medicine Conference held in conjunction with the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships. Melbourne, April 2010.

Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Bezodis, I.N., (2010). “Mechanics of elite vaulting” Maximising Gymnastics Performance through Science and Medicine Conference held in conjunction with the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships. Melbourne, April.

Kerwin, D.G. (2009). Biomechanics and Gymnastics, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, September, Leeds, UK.

Kerwin, D.G. ‘Biomechanics, Technology and Coaching’. Opening Address at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference, Limerick, Ireland, August, 2009.

Kerwin D.G. and Irwin, G. 2nd ASPIRE Sport Science Conference, Advanced Multidisciplinary Application in Technique Analysis in Elite Sports: Example of the SESAME Project, Doha, Qatar, January 2008.

Recent Publications. (5 years)
Irwin, G., Bezodis, I.N. and Kerwin, D.G. (2013). Chapter 9: Biomechanics and coaching. In: R. Jones, M. Hughes, K. Kingston, (ed.) Sports Coaching, 2nd Edition. London, UK: Routledge.

Exell, T., Gittoes, M.R.J., Irwin. G., and Kerwin, D.G. (2012). Gait Asymmetry: composite scores for mechanical analyses of sprint running, Journal of Biomechanics, 45(6), 1108- 1111.

Exell, T., Gittoes, M.R.J., Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D.G. (2012). Considerations of force plate transitions on centre of pressure calculation for maximal velocity sprint running. Sports Biomechanics, 11(4), 532-541.

Exell, T., Irwin. G., Gittoes, M.R.J., and Kerwin, D.G (2012). Implications of intra-limb variability on asymmetry analyses, Journal of Sport Sciences, 30(4), 403-409.

Williams, G., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K. M. (2012). Kinematic changes during learning the longswing on high bar, Sports Biomechanics. 11(1), 20-33.

Charalambous, L., Irwin, G., Bezodis, I. N. and Kerwin, D. (2012). Lower limb joint kinetics and ankle joint stiffness in the sprint start push-off. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30, 1, 1-9.   

Harle, R., Taherian, S., Pias, M., Coulouris, G., Hopper, A., Cameron, J., Lasenby, J., Kuntze, G., Bezodis, I., Irwin, G. and Kerwin D.G. (2012). Towards real-time profiling of sprints using wearable pressure sensors. Computer Communications, 33(6), 650-660.

Salo, A.I.T., Bezodis, I.N., Batterham. A.M. and Kerwin D.G. (2011). Elite Sprinting: Are Athletes Individually Step Frequency or Step Length Reliant? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.43(6):1055-1062.

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.

Gittoes, M.J.R. Irwin, G.I., Mullineaux, D.R. & Kerwin, D.G. (2011). Whole-body and multi-joint kinematic control strategy variability during backward rotating dismounts from beam. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(10): 1051-1058.

Gittoes, M.J.R., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Mullineaux, D.R. (2011). Variability of impact mechanics during forward and backward rotating dismounts from beam: implications for injury. Journal of Sport Sciences, 29(10), 1051-1058.

Cheng, L., Tan, H., Kuntze, G., Roskilly, K., Lowe, J., Bezodis, I.N., Hailes, S., Wilson, A. and Kerwin, D.G. (2010). Sensing for Stride Information of Sprinters. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Wireless Sensor Networks. 5970, 147-161.

Cheng, L., Roskilly, K., Kuntze, G., Tan, H., Lowe, J., Hailes, S., Kerwin, D.G. and Wilson, A. (2010). "Stride Information Monitoring and Sensing in Sports", Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), IEEE 7th International Conference, 8-12 Nov. 205 - 213, San Francisco, CA. USA. 205-213.

Cheng, L., Kuntze, G., Tan, H., Hailes, S., Kerwin, D.G., and Wilson, A. (2010). "Towards Radio Localisation of Running Athletes", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies (UBICOMM), Florence, Italy, 25-30th Oct. IARIA, 434 to 439.

Cheng, L., Kuntze, G., Tan, H., Nguyen, D., Roskilly, K., Lowe, J., Bezodis, I.N., Austin, T., Hailes, S., Kerwin, D.G., Wilson, A., Kalra, D. (2010). ‘Practical sensing for sprint parameter monitoring’, Sensor Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON), 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference, 21-25 June 2010, 1-9.

Kerwin, D. G. and Irwin, Gareth (2010) 'Musculoskeletal work preceding the outward and inward Tkachev on uneven bars in artistic gymnastics', Sports Biomechanics, 9: (1), 16-28.

Cheng, L., Tan, H., Kuntze, G., Bezodis, I.N., Hailes, S., Kerwin, D.G. & Wilson, A. (2010). A low-cost, accurate speed tracking system for supporting sprint coaching. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 224 (P2), 167-179.

Kuntze, G., Cheng, L., Tan, H., Kerwin, D.G. Hailes, S. and Wilson, A. (2010) "Towards an Automated Feedback Coaching Support System for Sprint Performance Monitoring", in Proceedings of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) Congress, Marquette, Michigan, USA, July 2010.

Charalambous, L., Kerwin, D.G., Irwin, G. & Bezodis, I.N. (2010). Changes in split velocities during sprint performance development. In Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, Marquette, MI. (Eds. Jensen, R., Ebben, W., Petushek, E., Richter, C. & Roemer, K.).

Williams, G., Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2010). Kinematic changes during learning the longswing on high bar. In Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, (Eds. Jensen, R., Ebben, W., Petushek, E., Richter, C. & Roemer, K.). Marquette, MI.

Williams, G., Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2010). Kinematic changes during learning the longswing on high bar. Motion Times, 1-10. Pp 5-6.

Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2010). Biomechanics and Gymnastics. In Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, (Eds. Jensen, R., Ebben, W., Petushek, E., Richter, C. & Roemer, K.). Marquette, MI. pp 104.

Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2010). Coaching Biomechanics Interface: Competition and Training. In Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, (Eds. Jensen, R., Ebben, W., Petushek, E., Richter, C. & Roemer, K.). Marquette, MI. pp 105 – 107.

Bezodis, I.N., Salo, A.I.T., Kerwin, D.G., Churchill, S.M. and Trewartha, G. A case study of stride frequency and swing time in elite able-bodied sprint running: implications for amputee debate. In Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, (Eds. Jensen, R., Ebben, W., Petushek, E., Richter, C. & Roemer, K.). Marquette, MI. pp 202-205.

L. Cheng, G. Kuntze, H. Tan, D. Nguyen, K. Roskilly, J. Lowe, I. N. Bezodis, T. Austin, S. Hailes, D. G. Kerwin, A. Wilson, and D. Kalra, "Practical Sensing for Sprint Parameter Monitoring", in Proceedings of the 7th IEEE Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON), Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 2010.

Lawrence Cheng, Huiling Tan, Gregor Kuntze, Kyle Roskilly, John Lowe, Ian N. Bezodis, Stephen Hailes, Alan Wilson, and David G. Kerwin, (2010). Sensing for Stride Information of Sprinters, in Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN), Coimbra, Portugal, February.

S. Taherian, S., Pias, M., Harle, R., Coulouris, G. Hay, S., Cameron, J., Lasenby, J., Kuntze, G., Bezodis, I., Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D.G. (2010). Profiling Sprints using On-Body Sensors, Proc of PerSens '10 - Sixth IEEE International Workshop on Sensor Networks and Systems for Pervasive Computing, IEEE, March.

L. Cheng, H. Tan, G. Kuntze, I.N. Bezodis, S. Hailes, D.G. Kerwin, and A. Wilson, (2010). A Low-cost, Accurate Speed Tracking System for Supporting Sprint Coaching, in Proceedings of IMechE, Part P: J. Sports Engineering and Technology (JSET), 224 (P2), 167-179. DOI: 10.1243/17543371JSET55.

Kuntze, G., Pias, M., Bezodis, I., Kerwin, D.G., Coulouris, G. and Irwin, G. (2009). Use of On-Body Sensors to Support Elite Sprint Coaching. In Proc of the 7th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport, Sept 2009, Bruce (Australia).

Jones, P.L., Kerwin, D.G., Irwin, G. and Nokes, L.D.M. (2009). Three-dimensional analysis of knee biomechanics when landing on natural turf and football turf. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, 29(4), 184-188.

Irwin, G., and Kerwin, D.G. (2009). Influence of the vaulting table on the handspring front somersault. Sports Biomechanics, 8(2), 114-128.

Gittoes, M.J.R. and Kerwin, D.G. (2009) Interactive effects of mass proportions and coupling properties on external loading in simulated forefoot impact landings. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 25, 238-246. ISSN 1065-8483.

Gittoes, M.J.R., Kerwin, D.G. and Brewin, M.A. (2009). Sensitivity of loading to the timing of joint kinematic strategies in simulated forefoot impact landings. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 25, 229-237. ISSN 1065-8483.

Kerwin, D.G. (2009). ‘Biomechanics, technology and coaching’, 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, pp. 21.

Bezodis, I. N., Salo, A.I.T. and Kerwin, D.G. (2009). Athlete-specific analyses of leg joint kinetics during maximum velocity sprint running, 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, pp. 371-381.

Charalambus, L., Bezodis, I.N., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Harle, R. (2009). Lower limb joint kinetic in the sprint start push-off.  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, pp. 715-718.

Charalambus, L., Bezodis, I.N., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Harle, R. (2009). Lower limb joint stiffness in the sprint start push-off.  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, pp. 526-529.

Exell, T., Kerwin, D.G., Irwin. G. and Gittoes, M.R.J. (2009). Surface markers versus clusters for determining lower limb joint kinematics in sprint running.  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, pp. 732-735.

Furlong, L-A.M., Irwin, G, Wilson, C., Wiltshire, H. and Kerwin, D.G. (2009). Double knee bend in the power clean. 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, pp. 559.

Gittoes, M.J.R, Irwin, G. Mullineaux, D. and Kerwin, D.G. (2009). Joint kinematic variability in the aerial and landings phases of backward rotating dismounts from beam.   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, pp. 494-497.

Gittoes, M.J.R., Irwin, G. Mullineaux, D. and Kerwin, D.G. (2009). Landing strategy modulation in backward rotating piked and tucked somersault dismounts from beam.   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, pp. 489-492.

Jones, P., Kerwin, D.G., Irwin, G., Nokes, L. and Kaila, R. (2009). Lower limb landing biomechanics on natural and football turf.  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, pp. 664-667.

Kuntze, G., Pias, M., Bezodis, I.N., Kerwin, D.G., Coulouris, G. and Irwin, G. (2009). Custom-built wireless pressure sensing insoles for determining contact-times in 60m maximal sprint running. 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, pp. 201-204.

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, pp. 627.

Samuels, M., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Gittoes, M.R.J. (2009). Trend analyses of complex release and re-grasp skills on the high bar.   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, pp. 507-510.

Tighe, D., Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Gittoes, M.R.J. (2009). Preparatory longswing techniques for dismounts 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, pp. 566-569.

Williams, G., Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D.G. (2009). The influence of experience on functional phase kinematics of the longswing.  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, pp. 696.

Roos, P.E., McGuigan, M.P., Kerwin, D.G. and Trewartha, G. (2008). The role of arm movements in early trip recovery in younger and older adults. Gait & Posture, 27, 352-356.
Bezodis, I. N., Kerwin, D.G. and Salo, A.I.T. (2008). Lower-Limb Mechanics during the Support Phase of Maximum-Velocity Sprint Running. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 40 (4), 707–715. ISSN 0195-9131.

Kerwin, D.G. and Irwin, G. (2008). Chapter 8 Biomechanics and Coaching. In Sports Coaching (Eds. R. Jones, M. Hughes, K. Kingston). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN: pp. 87-100.

Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2008). Musculoskeletal work preceding the Tkachev on uneven bars. In: Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin., eds XXVIth International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sport. Seoul, South Korea, pp. 191-194.

Irwin, G., Kerwin, D. G., and Robbins, M. (2008). Coordination analysis of landing strategies in beam dismounts. In: Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin., eds XXVIth International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sport. Seoul, South Korea, pp. 705.

Manning, M. L., Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2008). Biomechanics of longswings preceding Tkachev on uneven bars. In: Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin., eds XXVIth International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sport. Seoul, South Korea, pp. 706-709.
Gittoes, M.J.R. & Kerwin, D.G. (2008). Sensitivity of impact loading to landing strategy and physical profiles in drop landing. In Proceedings of the XXVI International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sport, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, pp. 140-143.

Jones K., Forward M., Plasschaert, F. and Kerwin D.G. (2008). Does a wobble board training programme improve single leg standing balance in young adult females? 16th European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM), 3rd to 6th June, Belgium.

Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2008). Musculoskeletal work preceding the Tkachev on uneven bars. In: Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin., eds XXVIth International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sport. Seoul, South Korea. pp191-194.

Irwin, G., Kerwin, D. G. and Robbins, M. (2008). Coordination analysis of landing strategies in beam dismounts. In: Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin., eds XXVIth International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sport. Seoul, South Korea. pp705.

Manning, M. L., Irwin, G. and Kerwin, D. G. (2008). Biomechanics of longswings preceding Tkachev on uneven bars. In: Y.H. Kwon, J. Shim, J.K. Shim and I-S. Shin., eds XXVIth International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sport. Seoul, South Korea. pp706-709.