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Prof Andrew (Drew) Harrison

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Drew is an Associate Professor in Sports Biomechanics the Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences at UL and served as Department Head from 2006 to 2012. Drew is a member of the Health Research Institute and the Faculty of Education and Health Science at the University of Limerick. He established and co-directs the Biomechanics Research Unit at UL. He was President of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport 2011-2014 and received the ISBS Geoffrey Dyson Award in 2014. Drew’s current research interests focus on the application of Functional Data Analysis in biomechanics and the  biomechanics of the sprint start in athletics and he leads the Feasibility Analysis of Sprint Start Technologies project (FASST) which seeks to improve methods for detection of false starts in international competition.


McNeill, E., Toth, A.J. Harrison, A.J. and Campbell, M.J. (2019) Cognitive to physical performance: A conceptual model for the role of motor simulation in performance. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 00: 1-27.

Crotty E., Hayes, K. and Harrison, A.J. (2019) Sprint start performance: the potential influence of triceps surae electromechanical delay. Sports Biomechanics. 00: 1-18. 

Healy, R., Kenny, I.C. Smyth, C. and Harrison, A.J. (2019) Influence of reactive and maximum strength performance indicators on sprint performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 33: 3039-3048.   

Healy, R. Kenny, I.C. and Harrison A.J. (2019) Profiling Elite Male 100 m Sprint Performance: The role of maximum velocity and relative acceleration. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 00:1-11.   

Harrison A.J., Byrne, P. and Sundar, S. (2019) The effects of added mass on the biomechanics and performance of countermovement jumps. Journal of Sport Sciences. 37: 1591-1599. 

Harrison, A.J.,  Furlong, L-A.M. and Molloy, P. (2018) Does the McNeill Alexander model accurately predict maximum walking speed in novice and experienced race walkers? Journal of Sport and Health Science, 7(3):372-377.  (ISSN: 2095-2546). Impact factor 2.531 (Q1).

Floria, P., Sanchez-Sixto, A., Ferber, R. and Harrison, A.J. (2018) Effects of running experience on coordination and its variability in female runners. Journal of Sports Sciences. 36(3): 272-278 (ISSN:0264-0414) Impact factor: 2.25 (Q1).

Crowley, E., Harrison, A.J. and Lyons, M. (2017) The Impact of Resistance Training on Swimming Performance: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine. 47:2265-2307. (ISSN:0112-1642) Impact factor 6.832 (Q1 top 10%).

Brosnan, K.C., Hayes, K. and Harrison, A.J. (2017) Effects of false start disqualification rules on response-times of elite-standard sprinters. Journal of Sports Sciences. 35(10): 929-935  (ISSN:0264-0414) Impact factor: 2.25 (Q1). 

Warmenhoven, J., Cobley,S., Draper, C., Harrison, A.J., Bargary, N. & Smith, R.M. (2017)  Assessment of propulsive pin force and oar angle time-series using functional data analysis in on-water rowing. Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. 27(12):1688-1696. (ISSN: 1600-0838 )  Impact Factor 3.331 (Q1 top 10%)