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Paul Felton

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Sport

Role

Paul Felton is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the School of Science and Technology. He leads research in optimising individual sporting performance via predictive computer simulation models with industry collaborations including the England & Wales Cricket Board and the English Institute of Sport. Other research interests include the kinematic and kinetic analysis of sporting technique (particularly cricket) and their effect on performance and injury. He has published 8 peer-reviewed papers, has four PhD researchers and won the 2017 International Society of Biomechanics in Sport's New Investigator Award. In addition, Paul is the module leader of Applied Biomechanics (SPOR30042) and also contributes on the following modules: The Principles of Biomechanics (SPOR10042), Experimental Biomechanics (SPOR20042), Applied Sport and Exercise Science (SPOR30022) and the MRes Performance Analysis module (SPOR40281).

Career overview

Nottingham Trent University

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics (2020-present)
Lecturer in Biomechanics (2019-2020)

Loughborough University

Research Assistant in Sports Biomechanics (2015-2019)
PhD researcher in Sports Biomechanics (2010-2015)

MSc in Sports Biomechanics (2009-2010)
BSc in Mathematics (2006-2009)

Research areas

Dr Felton is is part of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) research group.

His research focuses on:

  • Optimising individual sporting performance by identifying the factors which limit performance using predictive modelling.
    Coaching decisions regarding the technique of an individual athlete are often calculated guesses due to the difficulty in predicting the effect of this change on the athlete's performance. Paul's research focuses on using athlete-specific computer simulation models to predict the effect of these changes and reduce the guesswork in elite coaching. This approach builds on his PhD, funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board, in which he investigated the influence of variations of technique and strength on a fast bowler's performance, with the results used to scientifically inform coaching practice. Paul has since developed a number of torque-driven computer simulation models of sporting activities to inform elite coaching in areas such as running, jumping and throwing is currently collaborating alongside other national sporting organisations to develop this approach in other sports.
  • Kinematic and kinetic analysis of sporting technique for performance and injury
    The cause and effect relationships of many sporting movements both from an injury and performance perspective remain unknown. Paul has a vast experience of collecting and processing research of elite athletes in a number of sports including cricket (batting and bowling), tennis, badminton and athletics. 


    Specific past and present projects include:
    - A biomechanical analysis of fast bowling variations
    - A biomechanical analysis of cricket batting
    - A biomechanical analysis of overhead racket shots (badminton smash/tennis serve)
    - Factors affecting performance in elite finger spin bowling
    - Effect of technique on Lumbar stress fractures in cricket
    - Physical determinants of performance in cricket

Applications for MRes/ MPhil/ PhD study in the areas identified above are encouraged. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website.

External activity

Roles

  • Biomechanics Lead, Specialist Coaching Program, Coach Education - England and Wales Cricket Board (2018-present)
  • Member of the Panel of Human Movement Specialists for Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions, International Cricket Council (2014-present)
  • Biomechanist Consultant, England and Wales Cricket Board (2010-2019).
  • Member of the Elite Fast Bowling Group, England and Wales Cricket Board (2010-2019)

Professional Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (2020)
  • Coaching Young People and Adults' Cricket - Level 2 (2018)

Invited Contributions

  • Reviewer (ISI journals)
    - Journal of Sports Sciences
    - Sports Biomechanics
    - International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • International conferences
    - Abstract reviewer (International Society of Biomechanics in Sport - 2020; European Society of Biomechanics - 2020)
    - Session chair (Technical Group on Computer Simulation, International Society of Biomechanics - 2017; World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket - 2019)
    - Keynote lectures (World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket - 2019)
  • Articles
    - Optimising Individual Performance in cricket fast bowling. The Sport and Exercise Scientist (2017)
    - Bridging the gap between Science and Practice. International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (2017)

Prizes

  • New Investigator Award, International Society for Biomechanics in Sport, Cologne, 2017

Publications

ALWAY, P., FELTON, P., BROOKE-WAVELL, K., PEIRCE, N. and KING, M., 2020. Cricket fast bowling technique and lumbar bone stress injury. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. https://doi.org/10.1249/mss.0000000000002512

MCERLAIN-NAYLOR, S., TOWLER, H., AFZAL, I., FELTON, P., HILEY, M. and KING, M., 2020. Effect of racket-shuttlecock impact location on shot outcome for badminton smashes by elite players. Journal of Sports Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1792132

FELTON, P.J., YEADON, M.R. and KING, M.A., 2020. Optimising the front foot contact phase of the cricket fast bowling action. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 (18), pp. 2054-2062. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1770407

SANDERS, L., MCCAIG, S., FELTON, P.J. and KING, M.A., 2019. Passive range of motion of the hips and shoulders and their relationship with ball spin rate in elite finger spin bowlers. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22 (10), pp. 1146-1150. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2019.04.012

FELTON, P.J., YEADON, M.R. and KING, M.A., 2019. Are planar simulation models affected by the assumption of coincident joint centers at the hip and shoulder? Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 35 (2), pp. 157-163. http://doi.org/10.1123/jab.2018-0136

FELTON, P.J., LISTER, S.L., WORTHINGTON, P.J. and KING, M.A., 2019. Comparison of biomechanical characteristics between male and female elite fast bowlers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37 (6), pp. 665-670. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1522700

SANDERS, L., FELTON, P.J. and KING, M.A., 2018. Kinematic parameters contributing to the production of spin in elite finger spin bowling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 (24), pp. 2787-2793. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1474531

FELTON, P.J. and KING, M.A., 2016. The effect of elbow hyperextension on ball speed in cricket fast bowling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (18), pp. 1752-1758. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1137340

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Press expertise

Paul is available to discuss sporting technique and its impact on performance and injury (especially in cricket).