Roger Bartlett

Roger BartlettBSc (Bath), MSc (City), PhD (Nottingham), CEng, MIMechE
Tel 64 03 479 9115


Roger Bartlett is a Professor in the School of Physical Education. Before moving to New Zealand in July, 2004, Roger was Professor of Sport Science at Manchester Metropolitan University until 1998, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Associate Dean of the School of Health at Staffordshire University, and, latterly, Professor of Sports Biomechanics and Director of the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University since 1999. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Salzburg, Innsbruck, Nottingham Trent, and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC).

He is an Invited Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) and an Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, of which he was   Chairman from 1991 to 1994. He completed a four-year term as the Editor of Sports Biomechanics with the May 2008 issue, a term that saw this journal accepted for inclusion in the ISI Citation statistics. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, the International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport and the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation; he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sports Sciences from 1996-2001 and has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Biomechanics and Sports Engineering.

Until his move to New Zealand, he was a World Class Advisor to Sport England and UK Sport, the Chair of the Performance Analysis Steering Group of the British Olympic Association and a member of their Olympic Performance Planning Group; he was Innovation and Technology advisor to the UK Sport Institute. Roger is a former Chair of the Steering Group on Science and Medicine in Cricket and member of the Board of the World Commission on Science and Sports. He is author of An Introduction to Sports Biomechanics: Analysing Human Movement Patterns (2007), the third edition of which is scheduled for early in 2013, and co-author of Sports Biomechanics: Reducing Injury Risk and Improving Sports Performance (2012). He is co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of International Sports Studies (2006, 2008), Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement in Sport and Exercise (2008), the second edition of which will be published in 2013, and the Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science (2008, 2010).

In 2005, Roger presented the Geoffrey Dyson Memorial lecture to the Beijing Congress of the ISBS, the highest honour bestowed by the Society.

Research Interests

Roger’s research is in sports biomechanics, with a particular focus on movement coordination and variability. His current research interests are centred on the coordination of, and variability in, sports movements, important themes that emerged from his earlier empirical research and computer simulation modelling in throwing skills in the UK. His current interests have led to interdisciplinary programmes exploring the functional significance of movement variability and the best ways to quantify coordination and variability. Research into the application of artificial neural networks in studying multi-dimensional coordination and variability is an increasingly important part of his current research at the University of Otago, in activities as disparate as running, throwing and striking skills, cross country skiing and soccer. He was successful in an application for an Otago Research Grant for 2008 to extend existing research in the use of artificial neural networks from cyclic to discrete skills, a collaborative project with a member of staff in the Department of Computer Science. He has recently become involved in international collaborative research projects on analysing multi-dimensional (inter-player) coordination patterns in soccer with the player-tracking company, Prozone, the University of Chichester, UK, and the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and on multi-dimensional (inter-limb) coordination patterns and movement variability in cross-country skiing with the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Since 2006, Roger has produced 14 peer-reviewed journal articles and seven published conference communications. In addition to these traditional forms of research output, he published one single-authored book, one co-authored book, four co-edited books - including an Encyclopaedia to which he contributed 73 entries, and three book chapters, all of which include original and novel material of interest to researchers and students.  In that same period, he supervised 13 postgraduate students, nine of whom have been awarded their degree.

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Last updated 26 March 2012

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