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Research interests

Professor Keith Stokes joined the University of Bath in 2002 and has established strong partnerships with stakeholders in Rugby Union and other sports to investigate injury risk in sport and to develop and evaluate strategies to reduce injury risk. He also has a strong interest in the prevention of frailty in older adults.

He has published over 150 articles in journals such as the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, American Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Keith has supervised 26 PhD students to completion. He has attracted over £5 million in external funding from agencies such the Rugby Football Union, The RFU Injured Players Foundation, World Rugby, United Kingdom Sports Council and BBSRC.

He was editor for the International Journal of Sports Medicine from 2016-2023, and is on the Advisory Board (Biological Sciences) of the Journal of Sports Sciences.

He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2013, Keith received a University Knowledge Exchange Award in partnership with the Rugby Football Union.


Inaugural Lecture

Professor Stokes presented his inaugural lecture on 'Big Impacts in Rugby Union: tackling safety with science'. In this lecture, he explored the risk of injury in rugby from schoolboy level through to professional players and described work carried out at the University of Bath that resulted in a global change to the Laws of Rugby Union in relation to the scrum.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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