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Dr. Andrew Harrison

Biography

Professor Drew Harrison joined the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department in April 1995. He has a B.Ed. (Hons) in Physical Education (Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow, 2003), an MSc by research in biomechanics (University of Strathclyde, 1987) and a PhD in Biomechanics (University of Salford, 1997). Drew is an Associate Professor in the Department, served as Department Head from 2006 to 2012. Drew established and co-directs the Sport and Human Research Centre and the Biomechanics Research Unit at the University of Limerick. He was President of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (2011-2013), received the Geoffrey Dyson award of ISBS in 2014 and was made an honorary life member of ISBS in 2015. Drew has authored or co-authored over 100 international peer-reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, one co-edited book on biomechanics and several international keynote presentations. Drew currently supervises 5 PhD and 2 MSc research students and has supervised 12 PhD and 11 Master degree completions in various areas of biomechanics research. He has also externally examined more than 20 PhD theses in various countries (Ireland, UK, Australia, Italy).He is a member of the editorial board for the peer reviewed journal ‘Sports Biomechanics' and is a regular reviewer for many peer reviewed journals including: Journal of Biomechanics, European Journal of Sport Science, Sports Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, Journal of Sport Sciences, International Journal of Sports Medicine and Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. Drew is a World Athletics Elite Athletics Coach and has coached many track and field athletes at all levels including, European, World and Olympic Games.

Research Interests

Drew's Research Interests focus on the following areas:
Biomechanics of Sports Performance
Biomechanics in Strength and Conditioning Training
Biomechanics of motor development in children
Biomechanics of Sports Injury and injury rehabilitation.
Functional Data Analysis of high dimensional Biomechanical data

Teaching Interests

Drew's teaching spans the following programmes:
BSc Sport and Exercise Science
BSc Physical Education
MSc Sports Performance

Subject areas include:
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise (modules: SS4312 "Qualitative Biomechanics"; SS4308 "Advanced Biomechanical Analysis"; SS6022 "Speed Sports" and SS6032 "Endurance Sports" )
Research Methods (SS4027)
Human Performance Evaluation
Teaching Practice Supervision.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2011 President, International Association of Biomechanics in Sports
  • 2005 Secretary General, International Society for Biomechanics in Sports

Award

  • 2010 - Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport
  • 2000 - Limerick VEC Sport Achievement

Education

  • 2008 IAAF - Graduate Diploma
  • 1998 University of Salford - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1987 University of Strathclyde - M.Sc.
  • 1982 Roehamption Institute HE - Graduate Certificate
  • 1981 CNAA - Bachelor of Education

Committee

  • 2005 International Society for Biomechanics in Sports,

Publications

Book Chapters

2002

Accelerometer Based Kinematic Biofeedback to Improve Athletic Performance
Anderson, R; Harrison, AJ; Lyons, G
(2002) Accelerometer Based Kinematic Biofeedback to Improve Athletic Performance
In The Engineering of Sport 4;

Peer Reviewed Journals

2012

The influence of range of motion versus application of force on vertical
Floria P. Harrison A.J.
(2012) The influence of range of motion versus application of force on vertical
In European Journal of Sport Science; Taylor Frrancis :
DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2012.679316

2011

Throwing and catching movements exhibit post-activation potentiation effects following fatigue
Harrison, AJ
(2011) Throwing and catching movements exhibit post-activation potentiation effects following fatigue
In Sports Biomechanics;
DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2011.592544

2011

Common functional principal components analysis: A new approach to analyzing human movement data
Coffey, N; Harrison, AJ; Donoghue, OA; Hayes, K
(2011) Common functional principal components analysis: A new approach to analyzing human movement data
In Human Movement Science;
DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2010.11.005

2011

AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RECOVERY PROCESS OF A MAXIMUM STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE FATIGUE PROTOCOL ON DROP AND REBOUND JUMPS
Comyns, TM; Harrison, AJ; Hennessy, LK
(2011) AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RECOVERY PROCESS OF A MAXIMUM STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE FATIGUE PROTOCOL ON DROP AND REBOUND JUMPS
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181e85b6a
[ULIR]

2010

The effect of squatting on sprinting performance and repeated exposure to complex training in male rugby players.
Comyns, TM; Harrison, AJ; Hennessy, L; Jensen, RL
(2010) The effect of squatting on sprinting performance and repeated exposure to complex training in male rugby players.
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
[ULIR]

2010

EFFECT OF SQUATTING ON SPRINTING PERFORMANCE AND REPEATED EXPOSURE TO COMPLEX TRAINING IN MALE RUGBY PLAYERS
Comyns, TM; Harrison, AJ; Hennessy, LK
(2010) EFFECT OF SQUATTING ON SPRINTING PERFORMANCE AND REPEATED EXPOSURE TO COMPLEX TRAINING IN MALE RUGBY PLAYERS
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181c7c3fc

2009

THE EFFECT OF RESISTED SPRINT TRAINING ON SPEED AND STRENGTH PERFORMANCE IN MALE RUGBY PLAYERS
Harrison, AJ; Bourke, G
(2009) THE EFFECT OF RESISTED SPRINT TRAINING ON SPEED AND STRENGTH PERFORMANCE IN MALE RUGBY PLAYERS
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318196b81f

2009

Application of functional principal component analysis in race walking: An emerging methodology
Dona, G; Preatoni, E; Cobelli, C; Rodano, R; Harrison, AJ
(2009) Application of functional principal component analysis in race walking: An emerging methodology
In Sports Biomechanics;
DOI: 10.1080/14763140903414425

2008

Effect of catcing practice on the motor development of children with Down's Syndrome aged between 8 and 12 years
Harrison, AJ; Raufi, SS
(2008) Effect of catcing practice on the motor development of children with Down's Syndrome aged between 8 and 12 years
In Nat. Inst. Of Health Sciences Research Bulletin;

2008

Orthotic control of rear foot and lower limb motion during running in participants with chronic Achilles tendon injury
Donoghue, OA; Harrison, AJ; Laxton, P; Jones, RK
(2008) Orthotic control of rear foot and lower limb motion during running in participants with chronic Achilles tendon injury
In Sports Biomechanics;
DOI: 10.1080/14763140701841407

2008

Functional data analysis of running kinematics in chronic Achilles tendon injury
Donoghue, OA; Harrison, AJ; Coffey, N; Hayes, K
(2008) Functional data analysis of running kinematics in chronic Achilles tendon injury
In Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise;
DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31816c4807

2008

Force production and reactive strength capabilities after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Flanagan, EP; Galvin, L; Harrison, AJ
(2008) Force production and reactive strength capabilities after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
In Journal Of Athletic Training;
DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-43.3.249

2008

Functional data analysis of the kinematcis of running gait in subjects with chronic Achilles tendon injury
Donoghue, OA; Harrison, AJ; Coffey, N; Hayes, K
(2008) Functional data analysis of the kinematcis of running gait in subjects with chronic Achilles tendon injury
In Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise;

2008

Lower limb kinematics of subjects with chronic Achilles tendon injury during running
Donoghue O.A., Harrison A.J., Laxton P., Jones R.K.
(2008) Lower limb kinematics of subjects with chronic Achilles tendon injury during running
In Research In Sports Medicine;
DOI: 10.1080/15438620701693231

2007

Functional data analysis of joint coordination in the development of vertical jump performance
Harrison, AJ; Ryan, W; Hayes, K
(2007) Functional data analysis of joint coordination in the development of vertical jump performance
In Sports Biomechanics;
DOI: 10.1080/14763140701323042

2007

Transfer or Specificity? An applied investigation into the relationship between fundamental overarm throwing and related sport skills.
Smyth, PJ; O'Keeffe, S; Harrison, AJ
(2007) Transfer or Specificity? An applied investigation into the relationship between fundamental overarm throwing and related sport skills.
In Physical Education And Sports Pedagogy;

2007

Identifying the optimal complex training resistive load in male rugby players
Comyns, TM; Harrison, AJ; Hennessy, L; Jensen, RL
(2007) Identifying the optimal complex training resistive load in male rugby players
In Sports Biomechanics;

2007

Muscle dynamics differences between legs in healthy adults
Flanagan, EP; Harrison, AJ
(2007) Muscle dynamics differences between legs in healthy adults
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/00124278-200702000-00013

2007

Identifying the optimal resistive load for complex training in male rugby players
Comyns, TM; Harrison, AJ; Hennessy, L; Jensen, RL
(2007) Identifying the optimal resistive load for complex training in male rugby players
In Sports Biomechanics;
DOI: 10.1080/14763140601058540
[ULIR]

2006

The optimal complex training rest interval for athletes from anaerobic sports
Comyns, TM; Harrison, AJ; Hennessy, LK; Jensen, RL
(2006) The optimal complex training rest interval for athletes from anaerobic sports
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/00124278-200608000-00003
[ULIR]

2006

Functional data analysis of knee joint kinematics in the vertical jump
Ryan, W; Harrison, A; Hayes, K
(2006) Functional data analysis of knee joint kinematics in the vertical jump
In Sports Biomechanics;

2005

Accelerometry-based feedback--can it improve movement consistency and performance in rowing?
Anderson R., Harrison A., Lyons G.M.
(2005) Accelerometry-based feedback--can it improve movement consistency and performance in rowing?
In Sports Biomechanics;

2005

A Comparison of the reliability of video and laser techniques for determining displacement and velocity during running
Harrison, AJ; Jensen, RL; Donoghue, O
(2005) A Comparison of the reliability of video and laser techniques for determining displacement and velocity during running
In Measurement In Physical Educ. And Exercises Sciences;

2005

A comparison of laser and video techniques for determining displacement and velocity during running
Harrison A.J., Jensen R.L., Donoghue O.
(2005) A comparison of laser and video techniques for determining displacement and velocity during running
In Measurement In Physical Education And Exercise Science;
DOI: 10.1207/s15327841mpee0904_2

2004

a rider on the rotation of the horse-rider system during jumping,
Powers, PNR; Harrison, AJ
(2004) a rider on the rotation of the horse-rider system during jumping,
In Equine And Comparative Excercise Physiology;

2004

Effects of muscle damage on stretch-shortening cycle function and muscle stiffness control
Harrison, AJ; Gaffney, SD
(2004) Effects of muscle damage on stretch-shortening cycle function and muscle stiffness control
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/14343.1

2004

Force-velocity relationship and stretch-shortening cycle function in sprint and endurance athletes
Harrison, AJ; Keane, SP; Coglan, J
(2004) Force-velocity relationship and stretch-shortening cycle function in sprint and endurance athletes
In Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research;
DOI: 10.1519/00124278-200408000-00014

2002

Comparing muscle function of children and adults: Effects of scaling for muscle size
Barrett, U; Harrison, D
(2002) Comparing muscle function of children and adults: Effects of scaling for muscle size
In Pediatric Exercise Science;

2002

Effects of the rider on the linear projectile kinematics of jumping horses.
Harrison, AJ; Powers, PNR
(2002) Effects of the rider on the linear projectile kinematics of jumping horses.
In Sports Biomechanics;

2001

Motor development and gender Effects on stretch-shortening cycle performance
Harrison, AJ; Gaffney, S
(2001) Motor development and gender Effects on stretch-shortening cycle performance
In Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport;
DOI: 10.1016/S1440-2440(01)80050-5

2000

A study on the techniques used by untrained horses during loose jumping
Powers, PNR; Harrison, AJ
(2000) A study on the techniques used by untrained horses during loose jumping
In Journal Of Equine Veterinary Science;
DOI: 10.1016/S0737-0806(00)80115-X

1999

Models for biomechanical analysis of jumping horses
Powers, PNR; Harrison, AJ
(1999) Models for biomechanical analysis of jumping horses
In Journal Of Equine Veterinary Science;
DOI: 10.1016/S0737-0806(99)80172-5

1997

A study to examine the forces created in the frontal plane in subjects with functional instability and subjects with healthy ankles.
Kinsella, S; Harrison, D; Jakeman, PM
(1997) A study to examine the forces created in the frontal plane in subjects with functional instability and subjects with healthy ankles.
In Physiotherapy Ireland;

1997

Investigation of gait protocols for plantar pressure measurement of non-pathological subjects using a dynamic pedobarograph
Harrison A.J., Folland J.P.
(1997) Investigation of gait protocols for plantar pressure measurement of non-pathological subjects using a dynamic pedobarograph
In Gait And Posture;
DOI: 10.1016/S0966-6362(96)01095-8

Other Journals

2011

Joint kinematics of landing in ACL rehabilitated volunteers
Breen, S; Harrison, AJ; Kenny, IC
(2011) Joint kinematics of landing in ACL rehabilitated volunteers
In Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences;

Conference Publications

2012

2012 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Breen, S; Harrison, D; Kenny, IC
(2012) 2012 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2012

Scientific Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports
Breen S., Harrison A.J. & Kenny, I.C.
(2012) Scientific Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports
Bradshaw E., Burnett A.(Ed.) Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia

2011

2011 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Breen, S; Harrison, D; Kenny, IC
(2011) 2011 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

2010

2010 Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Forum
Breen, S; Harrison, D; Kenny, IC
(2010) 2010 Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Forum

2010

2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Breen, S; Harrison, D; Kenny, IC
(2010) 2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference

Meeting Abstracts

2012

A Comparison Of The Physiological Demands Of Rowing On The Rowperfect And Concept II Rowing Ergometer
Cheilleachair, NN,Harrison, A,Warrington, G
(2012) A Comparison Of The Physiological Demands Of Rowing On The Rowperfect And Concept II Rowing Ergometer
In Medicine and science in sports and exercise;

2010

The Acute Effects of Maximal Fatigue on the Subsequent Performance of Endurance Trained Athletes
Cheilleachair, NN; Harrison, A
(2010) The Acute Effects of Maximal Fatigue on the Subsequent Performance of Endurance Trained Athletes
In Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise;