Dr Andrew Morrison

Interim Deputy Head of School

Medical Technology Research Centre

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Biomechanics of human movement
Research Supervision:

Andy is a biomechanist with interest in both sport and exercise. His research interests include golf and the coordination and control of human movement.

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Andy joined ARU in November 2017 and is a member of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES). He has a Bachelors degree from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics from the University of Roehampton and a PhD from the University of Ulster.

Andy's PhD thesis focused on bridging the gap between golf coaching and biomechanics, developing novel biomechanical studies into the golf swing. This included investigating how golfers coordinate their limbs in the golf swing to achieve repeatable shot outcomes. Andy has applied this with some of the highest ranked golfers in the world. Drawing on his expertise in analysing the complex movement of the golf swing, Andy applies this to a variety of other areas such as running, falls and injury prevention.

Prior to working at ARU, Andy worked as a Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and in the Education Department of the Professional Golfers' Association.

Research interests
  • Human movement coordination and control
  • Biomechanics of gait
  • Biomechanics of the golf swing
Areas of research supervision

Clare Strongman - The effect of exercise interventions on non-linear gait variability in people with peripheral neuropathy

Georgia Dunn - The impact of spectacle wearing on running gait

Li-Huan Tan - The relationship between social mimicry and empathy in parents with typically developing children and children with autism.

Current MD supervision

Arman Memarzadeh - Screening Muscle strength in Arthroscopic Surgery of the Hip (SMASH)

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning with Rehabilitation
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Current Topics in Biomechanics
  • 2016: Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • 2016: PgCert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in HE – Edinburgh Napier University

  • 2012-2015: PhD – Golf Coaching-Biomechanics Interface – University of Ulster

  • 2010: MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics – University of Roehampton

  • 2004-2007: BA (Hons) Applied Golf Management Studies – University of Birmingham

Selected recent publications

Strongman, C., Cavallerio, F., Timmis, M.A., and Morrison, A. 2023. Evaluating consistency of physical activity and exercise prescription in the UK for people with diabetes: a Delphi study, Frontiers in Clinical Diabetes and Healthcare.

Strongman, C., Lindsay, R. K., Riches, A., Cavallerio, F., Gordon, D., & Morrison, A. 2023. ‘Sometimes I feel like dancing afterwards’: Exploring experiences of Pilates as a ‘return to sport’ intervention after the COVID-19 lockdown in UK adults with visual impairment. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 0(0).

Strongman, C., Cavallerio, F., Timmis, M.A., and Morrison, A. 2023. "A Scoping Review of the Validity and Reliability of Smartphone Accelerometers When Collecting Kinematic Gait Data" Sensors 23.

Smith, L., López Sánchez, G.F., Pizzol, D., Rahmati, M., Yon, D.K., Morrison, A., Samvelyan, J., Veronese, N., Soysal, P., Tully, M.A. and Butler, L., 2023. Unclean Cooking Fuel Use and Slow Gait Speed Among Older Adults From 6 Countries. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A.

Guillaume, S., Bennett, T., Allen, P.M., Morrison, A., Hawkes, R. and Jayabalan, P., 2023. The global state of play: A study of the demographic characteristics of disability golfers. PM&R.

Memarzadeh A, Morrison A, Merzbach V, Ferrandino M, Arora A, Claydon-Mueller LS, and Khanduja V., 2022. Validating the Cambridge Protocol: Reliability of Hip Muscle Strength Measurements Using a Motorized Dynamometer and Electromyography, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 15, 5.

Coyne, L.M., Newell, M., Hoozemans, M.J., Morrison, A. and Brown, S.J., 2021. Marker location and knee joint constraint affect the reporting of overhead squat kinematics in elite youth football players. Sports Biomechanics, pp.1-18.

Strongman, C. and Morrison, A., 2021. Evaluating dynamic similarity of fixed, self-selected and anatomically scaled speeds in non-linear analysis of gait during treadmill running. Human Movement Science, 76, p.102768.

Timmis, M.A., Ferrandino, M., Morrison, A., Allen, P.M. and Latham, K., 2021. How is jump performance affected in male athletes when completed with a visual impairment?. Optometry and Vision Science, 98(7), pp.846-853.

Memarzadeh, A., Morrison, A., Claydon-Mueller, L. S., & Khanduja, V. (2021). Standardizing Muscle Strength Measurement in Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: Letter to the Editor. Sports Health, 1941738120977422.

Rawcliffe, A.J., Hinde, K.L., Graham, S.M., Martindale, R., Morrison, A., Krajewski, K.T. and Connaboy, C., 2020. Altered dynamic postural stability and joint position sense following British Army foot-drill. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2.

Strongman, C. and Morrison, A., 2020. A scoping review of non-linear analysis approaches measuring variability in gait due to lower body injury or dysfunction. Human Movement Science, 69, p.102562.

Morrison, A., Hale, J. and Brown, S., 2019. Joint range of motion entropy changes in response to load carriage in military personnel. Human Movement Science, 66, pp.249-257.

Liew, B.X., Morrison, A., Hobara, H., Morris, S. and Netto, K., 2018. Not all brawn, but some brain. Strength gains after training alters kinematic motor abundance in hopping. PeerJ, 6, p.e6010.

Morrison, A., McGrath, D. and Wallace, E.S., 2018b. Analysis of the delivery plane in the golf swing using principal components. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 232(4), pp.295-304.

Morrison, A., McGrath, D. and Wallace, E.S., 2018a. The relationship between the golf swing plane and ball impact characteristics using trajectory ellipse fitting. Journal of sports sciences, 36(3), pp.303-310.

Morrison, A., McGrath, D. and Wallace, E.S., 2016. Motor abundance and control structure in the golf swing. Human movement science, 46, pp.129-147.