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Dr Ian Kenny

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Ian is a senior lecturer in biomechanics, within the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. He teaches biomechanics and functional anatomy and also works within the Biomechanics Research Unit in his specialist area of 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 journal 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 €1.55 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. x, xx-xx.  [in press]

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 

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

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

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