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Research interests

Steffi completed both her undergraduate degree (BSc Sport and Exercise Science) and her PhD at the University of Bath. 

In collaboration with UK Sport and British Skeleton, her PhD project was focussed on enhancing start performance in the winter sport of skeleton and was conducted in the lead up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Her thesis focussed on understanding the determinants of elite skeleton start performance to inform training and coaching practices, and to ultimately improve chances of medal success.

Steffi's research is now primarily focussed on sprint performance and the associated hamstring strain injury risk factors. Additionally, Steffi is co-supervising a project funded by the European Space Agency to better understand the laod experienced when performing movements in low gravity situations. Steffi is part of the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA), which is a collaboration between the Department for Health and Department of Computer Science. CAMERA aims to develop advanced methods to track and analyse human motion without the need to attach markers.

Research interests

  • Motion analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport performance enhancement
  • Injury prevention
  • Monitoring athletic development

Research projects

  • Understanding the kinetic determinants of sprint running performance
  • The development of a markerless motion analysis tool to study sporting techniques
  • Musculoskeletal modelling of sprint running
  • Understanding hamstring strain injury risk factors
  • Musculoskeletal modelling of biomechanical loading in simulated gravity situations for rehabilitation programmes

Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications

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Research Output

A Non-Invasive Vision-Based Approach to Velocity Measurement of Skeleton Training

Evans, M., Needham, L., Colyer, S. & Cosker, D., 16 Jun 2020, p. 888-889.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
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Performance and micro-pacing strategies in a classic cross-country skiing sprint race

Ihalainen, S., Colyer, S., Andersson, E. & McGawley, K., 26 Jun 2020, In : Frontiers in Sports And Active Living.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The effect of biological maturity status on ground reaction force production during sprinting

Colyer, S., Nagahara, R., Takai, Y. & Salo, A., 29 Apr 2020, In : Scandanavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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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