Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Dr Susan Brown

Senior Lecturer


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, and is currently leading on developing successful partnerships with the Super 6 rugby franchise initiative. Since handing over her head of subject role, Susan has been concentrating on research output and partnership and enterprise activity.

Susan has also successfully developed a partnership with Arsenal Football Club for the purpose of a research project 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.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • SRU research think tank
  • Adviser to Scottish Rugby coach education programme (2014 to present)
  • Consultant for Kau Sai Chau Golf Academy via the Hong Kong Golf Association (2013 to present)
  • Adviser to Sportscotland coach education pathways (2011 to present)
  • Biomechanics Advisor for The R&A (2007 to present)


Conference Activity

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


External Examining/Validations

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


Invited Speaker

  • 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

  • SRU and Sport Scotland press release on unique Sports Coach UKCC Level 4 award with SRU and our PG Diploma Sports Performance Enhancement
  • Articles published on golf research findings within The Scotsman, The Herald and The Scottish Daily Mail (2011/2012).
  • Press release from Hong Kong Rugby Union on the Schools of Rugby project and our evaluation of it in Hong Kong (2013)
  • Press release on Sponsorship agreement with Edinburgh Rugby (2014)
  • 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


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



  • 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)


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