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Research interests

Simon joined the University of Bath in 2000 as exercise physiology laboratory technician, a role which he carried out until 2008. From 2003-2008, Simon undertook a part time PhD after which he moved to his current role as a Research Officer coordinating the RFU Community rugby injury surveillance project. He is a match analysis section editor for the iRB Rugby Science Network.

Simon’s main research theme is in the epidemiology of match injuries in English community rugby union. This work provides a basis for understanding the incidence, nature and severity of injuries at this level can help to shape future injury management and prevention strategies in the game. Simon also has research interests in the assessment of physical demands of rugby union and the use of match simulation protocols to determine the impact of nutritional interventions on rugby related aspects of performance and recovery.

Research interests

  • Injury epidemiology of rugby union
  • Injury prevention in rugby union
  • Match analysis and physical demands of rugby union
  • Use of interventions to enhance performance and recovery in rugby union

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Projects 2014 2021

Research Output 2003 2019

Injury Surveillance during a European Touch Rugby Championship

Cropper, E., Thorpe, C., Roberts, S. & Twist, C., 21 Mar 2019, In : Sports. 7, 3, p. 71 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Association of the Functional Movement Screen™ with match-injury burden in men’s community rugby union

Attwood, M., Roberts, S., Trewartha, G., England, M. & Stokes, K., 24 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Sports Sciences. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Efficacy of a movement control injury prevention programme in adult men’s community rugby union: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Attwood, M., Roberts, S., Trewartha, G., England, M. & Stokes, K., 1 Mar 2018, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 52, 6, p. 368-374 7 p., 290.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials
Wounds and Injuries
11 Citations (Scopus)
100 Downloads (Pure)

Concussion and head injuries in English community rugby union match play: Community rugby union head injuries

Roberts, S. P., Trewartha, G., England, M., Goodison, W. & Stokes, K. A., 1 Feb 2017, In : The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 45, 2, p. 480-487

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Craniocerebral Trauma
Wounds and Injuries
Medical Staff


Injury prevention in men's community rugby: movement screening and development of an efficacious exercise intervention

Author: Attwood, M., 27 Jun 2017

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD