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Samuel Smith

Assistant Professor in Biomechanics, Faculty of Engineering



I studied Medical Engineering at the University of Surrey, graduating 2014 then completed a PhD in Bioengineering under Prof Anthony Bull at Imperial College London, finishing in 2017. For 4 years I worked as a clinical biomechanist at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Stanford Hall, providing gait analysis and biomechanical analysis services to the injured service personnel who were resident at DMRC.

I joined the University of Nottingham in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor in Biomechanics.

Expertise Summary

I specialise in the biomechanical evaluation of human movement, with interests in applying advanced modelling techniques to gain a better understanding of daily function. Previous work has involved using musculoskeletal modelling to calculate joint contact and muscle forces for activities of daily living in the elderly, and for general exercise tasks in the military including jogging, running, tabbing, squats, lunges, drop vertical jumps and standing jumps for distance. I have previously provided a clinical service to military clinicians to aid in healthcare delivery for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, complex blast injuries and neurological conditions.

I have explored the use of biomechanical modelling in peripheral neuropathy patients, looking at how non-freezing cold injuries lead to anterior knee pain.

I am particularly interested in how biomechanics is used clinically to aid in clinical decision making. I strongly believe biomechanical assessments should be use more in a healthcare setting, providing clinicians with a better understanding of both how musculoskeletal injuries have manifested and how compensatory actions produced due to these injuries can cause secondary, or even tertiary, effects on the integrity of the human musculoskeletal system.

I hope to further explore the use of these techniques in a variety of different patient populations and healthy athletes, optimising performance whilst maintaining joint and muscle integrity.

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Human Factors Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham

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