Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Dr Susan Brown

Senior Lecturer

Biography

Susan has an interest in human movement and the measurement of movement patterns in both sporting and clinical populations. Her expertise in 3-dimensional motion capture and the interpretation of kinematic as well as kinetic data has allowed her to work effectively with practitioners supporting athletes in a variety of sports, as well as health practitioners looking into interventions which could help improve movement in MS, stroke and Ehlers Danlos sufferers.

Susan has also been an active facilitator of the development of education provision for coaches and athletes, and continues to work closely with national and international governing bodies and organisations dedicated to sport.

In 2014, Susan proposed a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish Rugby to support the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy (Edinburgh) which has resulted in a purpose built high performance gym extension to the existing facilities. The partnership has also allowed the development of the Sports Coach UK accredited PG Diploma Sport Performance Enhancement (Rugby Union Coaching) and then following this, the PG Diploma (Gymnastics Coaching). More recently, Susan has led the development and implementation of the University Strategy for Sport as well as the Dual Career Policy (2017 and ongoing), and is currently leading on developing successful partnerships with the Scottish FA in the development of the Scottish Football workforce (2020 to present), the Super 6 rugby franchise initiative (2019 to present), and various professional football and sporting clubs across the country (ongoing). Since handing over her head of subject role in 2017, Susan has been concentrating on research output and partnership and enterprise activity, facilitating knowledge exchange projects between our University and the sport and exercise industry. For example, Susan has successfully developed a partnership with Arsenal Football Club for the purpose of a research projects around the area of Return to Sport - an evolving area of research within the subject group, and another in movement patterning in Academy players, both of which she is Director of Studies for in the respective PhD studentships.

As a current active member of the Scotland Professional Development Board with CIMSPA (2020 to present), Susan is still actively involved in the development of the workforce within Scotland and provides expert opinion and support.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scotland Professional Development Board CIMSPA
  • Developing the Scottish Football Workforce
  • Expert opinion: Arsenal FC Research and Development advisory group
  • Expert opinion on biomechanics and technology developments or proposals for Arsenal FC
  • SRU research think tank
  • Adviser to Scottish Rugby coach education programme
  • Consultant for Kau Sai Chau Golf Academy via the Hong Kong Golf Association
  • Adviser to Sportscotland coach education pathways
  • Biomechanics Advisor for The R&A

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Organiser of Qualisys Users conference held at Edinburgh Napier University (2012).
  • Functional movement evaluations: Take-off and landing strategies in a 180° single-leg jump.
  • External advisor and Chair of Biomechanics section at BASES student conference held at Heriot Watt University (2006).
  • The immediate and short term effects of elastic taping on biomechanical, functional and perceived outcomes in chronic stroke patients
  • Non-contact injury incidence and warm up observation in Hockey

 

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor, Science and Medicine in Football
  • Editorial Board Sports Biomechanics

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam Unviersity
  • External Examiner for University of Sunderland from 2006-2010.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • CPD Workshop delivery on Biomechanics within gymnastics for Scottish Gymnastics coaches
  • Speed-accuracy trade-off in golf driving: a kinematic and performance analysis of a group of low handicap golfers
  • Invited speaker at Qualisys Users Group meeting, Liverpool John Moores University (2007).

 

Media Activity

  • Students complete first year of Scottish FA & Edinburgh Napier University coaching course
  • Hearts and Hibs youngsters sign up for Edinburgh Napier University course
  • SFA and Napier team up for football coaching degree
  • Cricket Scotland and Napier University Launch a New Exciting Partnership
  • Watsonians and Edinburgh Napier link up before FOSROC Super6
  • University programmes give athletes a sporting chance
  • Hearts and Napier team up to give students a double goal
  • Press release on Sponsorship agreement with Edinburgh Rugby (2014)
  • SRU and Sport Scotland press release on unique Sports Coach UKCC Level 4 award with SRU and our PG Diploma Sports Performance Enhancement
  • Press release from Hong Kong Rugby Union on the Schools of Rugby project and our evaluation of it in Hong Kong (2013)
  • Invited guest on Radio Scotland show, Sport Nation (2012).
  • Newspaper coverage of BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy launch at Edinburgh Napier in Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, The Times and on STV 6 O’clock news
  • Articles published on golf research findings within The Scotsman, The Herald and The Scottish Daily Mail (2011/2012).

 

Public Engagement Activity

  • Contributor to the Royal College of Surgeons Exhibition (2006).
  • Contributor to the InMotion exhibition at the Edinburgh International Science Festival (March and April 2012 and February 2013).
  • Ongoing attendance of external seminars and events in relation to building and growing KT activity through sport, sport science, fitness and health. (For example, Sporting Chance Initiative business networking event, August 2012, Hong Kong visits 2012-pre

 

Reviewing

  • Expert reviewer for academic journals Sports Biomechanics, Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, European Journal of Sport Science, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology and Journal of Sports Sciences (Biomechanics and Coaching sections)

 

Date


12 results

Immediate effect of a spinal mobilisation intervention on muscle stiffness, tone and elasticity in subjects with lower back pain – A randomised cross-over trial

Journal Article
Hamilton, R., Garden, C. L., & Brown, S. J. (2022)
Immediate effect of a spinal mobilisation intervention on muscle stiffness, tone and elasticity in subjects with lower back pain – A randomised cross-over trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 29, 60-67
Background: Despite the lack of objective evidence, spinal manual therapies have been common practice for many years, particularly for treatment of lower back pain (LBP). This...

Marker location and knee joint model constraint affect the reporting of overhead squat kinematics in elite youth football players

Journal Article
Coyne, L. M., Newell, M., Hoozemans, M. J. M., Morrison, A., & Brown, S. J. (in press)
Marker location and knee joint model constraint affect the reporting of overhead squat kinematics in elite youth football players. Sports Biomechanics, https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2021.1890197
Motion capture systems are used in the analysis and interpretation of athlete movement patterns for a variety of reasons, but data integrity remains critical regardless of the...

Inter-Segmental Coordination during a Unilateral 180° Jump in Elite Rugby Players: Implications for Prospective Identification of Injuries

Journal Article
Krajewski, K. T., McCabe, C., Sinnott, A. M., Moir, G. L., Lamont, H. S., Brown, S., & Connaboy, C. (2020)
Inter-Segmental Coordination during a Unilateral 180° Jump in Elite Rugby Players: Implications for Prospective Identification of Injuries. Applied Sciences, 10(2), https://doi.org/10.3390/app10020427
Musculoskeletal injuries often occur during the execution of dynamic sporting tasks that involve rotation. The prescription of appropriate prevention strategies of musculoskel...

Return to Play practices following hamstring injury: A worldwide survey of 131 premier league football teams

Journal Article
Dunlop, G., Ardern, C., Einar Andersen, T., Lewin, C., Dupont, G., Ashworth, B., …McCall, A. (2020)
Return to Play practices following hamstring injury: A worldwide survey of 131 premier league football teams. Sports Medicine, 50, 829-840. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-019-01199-2
Purpose: Return-to-play (RTP) is an on-going challenge in professional football. Return-to-play related research is increasing. However, it is unknown to what extent the reco...

Joint range of motion entropy changes in response to load carriage in military personnel

Journal Article
Morrison, A., Hale, J., & Brown, S. (2019)
Joint range of motion entropy changes in response to load carriage in military personnel. Human Movement Science, 66, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2019.04.014
Background Overuse accounts for 82% of injuries in military personnel, and these occur predominantly in the spine and low limbs. While non-linear analyses have shown changes i...

A Comparison of a markerless and a marker based motion capture system measuring trunk and lower limb kinematics across a range of common Lower Limb Protocols: Preliminary Findings

Presentation / Conference
Coyne, L., Newell, M., Brown, S. J., & Morrison, A. (2018, July)
A Comparison of a markerless and a marker based motion capture system measuring trunk and lower limb kinematics across a range of common Lower Limb Protocols: Preliminary Findings. Poster presented at 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland

Non-contact injury incidence and warm-up observation in hockey in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Johnston, T., Brown, S., Kaliarntas, K. & Taylor, C. (2016, August)
Non-contact injury incidence and warm-up observation in hockey in Scotland. Poster presented at International Sports Science + Sports Medicine Conference 2016, Newcastle University
Noncontact injuries occur during manoeuvres such as landing, accelerating and the side-cut. This investigation has assessed the prevalence and manoeuvres associated with nonco...

The immediate and short term effects of elastic taping on biomechanical, functional and perceived outcomes in chronic stroke patients

Presentation / Conference
Kaliarntas, K., Smith, M., Hamilton, R., Brown, S. & Rowat, A. (2016, May)
The immediate and short term effects of elastic taping on biomechanical, functional and perceived outcomes in chronic stroke patients. Poster presented at European Stroke Organization Conference, Barcelona, Spain
No abstract available.

The key kinematic determinants of undulatory underwater swimming at maximal velocity

Journal Article
Connaboy, C., Naemi, R., Brown, S., Psycharakis, S., McCabe, C., Coleman, S., & Sanders, R. (2016)
The key kinematic determinants of undulatory underwater swimming at maximal velocity. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34(11), 1036-1043. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1088162
The optimisation of undulatory underwater swimming is highly important in competitive swimming performance. Nineteen kinematic variables were identified from previous research...

The X-Factor: An evaluation of common methods used to analyse major inter-segment kinematics during the golf swing

Journal Article
Brown, S. J., Selbie, W. S., & Wallace, E. S. (2013)
The X-Factor: An evaluation of common methods used to analyse major inter-segment kinematics during the golf swing. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(11), 1156-1163. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2013.775474
A common biomechanical feature of a golf swing, described in various ways in the literature, is the interaction between the thorax and pelvis, often termed the X-Factor. There...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • The effect of differing shaft dynamics on the biomechanics of the golf swing

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Studentship Supervisor: NUI Galway and Arsenal FC