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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 Biomechanics Research Unit at the University of Limerick. He was President of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport and 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 12 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 an IAAF 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 Chapter

2002

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

Other Publication

2012

A Comparison Of The Physiological Demands Of Rowing On The Rowperfect And Concept II Rowing Ergometer
Cheilleachair, NN,Harrison, A,Warrington, G
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
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

Peer Reviewed Journal

2012
2011
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
Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research

2010

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

2009
2009

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

2008

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

2008

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

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
Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise

2008
2007

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

2007

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

2007

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

2006

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

2006

Functional data analysis of knee joint kinematics in the vertical jump
Ryan, W; Harrison, A; Hayes, K
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
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.
Measurement In Physical Education And Exercise Science DOI: 10.1207/s15327841mpee0904_2

2005
2004

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

2004

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

2004

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

2002
2002
2001

Motor development and gender Effects on stretch-shortening cycle performance
Harrison, AJ; Gaffney, S
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
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
Journal Of Equine Veterinary Science DOI: 10.1016/S0737-0806(99)80172-5