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Paul Felton

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Sport

Role

Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University. He is the Module Leader of the undergraduate module 'Applied Biomechanics' on the Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate degree and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career overview

Before joining NTU in September 2019, Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Loughborough University in 2009. He went on to obtain a Masters degree with distinction in Sports Biomechanics in 2010 from the same institution.Upon completion Paul was offered to study for a PhD in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University. The PhD was sponsored by the England and Wales Cricket Board and investigated the factors limiting individual fast bowling performance in cricket. On completion in 2015, Paul commenced a role as a Research Associate in Sports Biomechanics to continue developing his doctoral research with funded support from the England and Wales Cricket Board. In 2018, the role was extended with support from the English Institute Sport to investigate the modelling of prostheses for Paralympic athletes.

Research areas

Paul's research interests focus on optimising individual sporting performance by identifying the factors which limit performance using predictive modelling. He has developed a number of torque-driven computer simulation models of sporting activities to inform elite coaching in areas such as running, jumping and throwing. This research has built on his PhD where Paul developed an athlete-specific computer simulation model replicating the fast bowling technique in cricket. This model can be used to investigate the influence of variations of technique and strength on a fast bowler's performance with the results able to scientifically inform coaching practice.  Paul's contribution to this field is world leading with his work within cricket having been recognised internationally (including winning the prestigious New Investigators award at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport conference in 2017 and being invited to deliver a keynote lecture at the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket in 2019). This has led to projects with other national sporting organisations such as the English Institute of Sport to explore the feasibility of adopting this approach in other sports.

Paul also has vast experience of collecting and processing biomechanical data in a number of elite sports including cricket batting and bowling, tennis, badminton and athletics. He has developed data collection and analysis techniques including automatic generation of reports and feedback which inform players (and coaches) on the aspects of their technique which are potentially linked to either performance or injury.

External activity

Since 2010, Paul has been a consultant Biomechanist for the England and Wales Board. He is currently the Lead Tutor for the Biomechanics module on the Level 4 Specialist Coach Programme as well as contributing to the other specialist skills modules (Batting, Fielding, Spin Bowling, Fast Bowling and Wicket Keeping). Paul is also an accredited member of the International Cricket Council's Panel of Human Movement Specialists for Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions and was one of the two accredited members required for Loughborough to become an accredited ICC testing centre.

Paul also has external research projects focusing on cricket bowling with one completed and two on-going PhD co-supervisions collaborating with the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.