Ian is an associate professor in biomechanics, within the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. He is Co-Director of the Sport and Human Performance Research Centre (SHPRC). He teaches biomechanics and functional anatomy and specialises in applied sports biomechanics and musculoskeletal modelling. Ian's research interests are in the areas of: Injury biomechanics; Musculoskeletal modelling and computer simulation of movement; Sport and human performance; Effects of equipment parameters on golf performance.

Ian serves on the editorial board for the journals Frontiers, and Sports Engineering and the Scientific Committee for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. He is co-Principal Investigator for the Irish Rugby Football Union IRIS injury epidemiology project. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded over €2.3 million in competitive research funding. Current research projects and Postdoctoral and PhD supervision include: Rugby Injury Surveillance; Training Load Association to Injury; Longitudinal Examination Of Movement Health Indices Via Wearable Sensing Technology; Neurostimulation Modulation Effect On Action Observation On Golf Movement Performance.


Yeomans C., Kenny I.C., Cahalan R., Warrington G.D., Harrison A.J., Purtill H., Lyons M., Campbell M.J., Glynn L.G. and Comyns T.M. (2021). Injury trends in Irish amateur Rugby Union; an epidemiological comparison of male and female Rugby-related injuries. Sports Health. 13, 540-547. https://doi.org/10.1177/1941738121997145 

Norris, M., Kenny, I.C. and Anderson, R. (2016) Comparison of accelerometry stride time calculation methods. Journal of Biomechanics. 49(13), 3031-3034. doi 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.05.029  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002192901630625X 

Clarke, S., Kenny, I.C. and Harrison, D. (2015) Dynamic Knee Joint Mechanics after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 47(1), 120-127. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000389     http://dx.doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000000389

Beattie, K., Kenny, I.C., Lyons M. and Carson, B.P. (2014) The Effect of Strength Training on Performance in Endurance Athletes. Sports Medicine. 44(6), 845-865.  doi:  10.1007/s40279-014-0157-y   https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-014-0157-y

Kenny, I.C., Wallace, E.S. and Otto, S.R. (2008) Segmental Sequencing of Kinetic Energy in a Computer Simulated Golf Swing, Sports Engineering, 11(1), 37-45. doi: 10.1007/s12283-008-0005-0  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12283-008-0005-0