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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 80 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 18 PhD students to completion. He has attracted over £4 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 is editor for the International Journal of Sports Medicine, is on the editorial board of PLoS ONE, 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.


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Projects 2007 2023

Research Output 2002 2019

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Athlete Monitoring in Rugby Union: Is Heterogeneity in Data Capture Holding Us Back?

West, S., Williams, S., Kemp, S. P. T., Cross, M. & Stokes, K., 27 Apr 2019, In : Sports. 7, 5, 98.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Educational concussion module for professional footballers: From systematic development to feasibility and effect

Gouttebarge, V., Cowie, C., Goedhart, E., Kemp, S., Kerkhoffs, G. M. M. J., Patricios, J. & Stokes, K. A., 7 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. 5, 1, p. 1-6 6 p., e000490.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Exercise Snacking to Improve Muscle Function in Healthy Older Adults: A Pilot Study

Perkin, O. J., McGuigan, P. M. & Stokes, K. A., 3 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Aging Research. 2019, p. 1-9 9 p., 7516939.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Guidelines for community-based injury surveillance in rugby union

Brown, J. C., Cross, M., England, M., Finch, C. F., Fuller, G. W., Kemp, S. P. T., Quarrie, K., Raftery, M., Stokes, K., Tucker, R., Verhagen, E. & Fuller, C. W., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 22, 12, p. 1314-1318 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Assessing Lower Limb Strength, Power and Asymmetry in Elite Soccer Players using the Keiser Air420 Seated Leg Press

Author: Redden, J., 3 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Williams, S. (Supervisor) & Stokes, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Assessing the Hormone Response to High Intensity Exercise and Identifying Associations with Performance

Author: Toone, R., 13 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor) & Thompson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Effect of Acute Exercise on Energy Intake, Physical Activity Energy Expenditure and Energy Balance Hormones in Sedentary and Active Men

Author: Silalertdetkul, S., 1 Nov 2009

Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Enhancing start performance in the sport of skeleton

Author: Colyer, S., 11 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Salo, A. (Supervisor), Stokes, K. (Supervisor) & Bilzon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Injury and Illness in Male Professional Rugby Union

Author: Cross, M., 11 May 2016

Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor) & Trewartha, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD