Dr Andrew Morrison

Interim Deputy Head of School

Medical Technology Research Centre

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics of human movement

Research Supervision:Yes

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. 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.

His 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 has 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

Journal Articles

Strongman, C., 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, 102768.

Strongman, C.m 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, 102562.

Morrison, A., Hale, J., Brown, S., 2019. Joint range of motion entropy changes in response to load carriage in military personnel. Human Movement Science, 66, pp. 249-257. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2019.04.014

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

Morrison, A., McGrath, D., Wallace, E. S., 2018. The relationship between the golf swing plane and ball impact characteristics using trajectory ellipse fitting. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36, pp. 303-310. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1303187

Morrison, A., McGrath, D., Wallace, E. S., 2018. 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, 175433711775172. doi: 10.1177/1754337117751729

Morrison, A., McGrath, D., Wallace, E. S., 2016. Motor abundance and control structure in the golf swing. Human Movement Science, 46, pp. 129-147. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2016.01.009

Book Chapters

Morrison, A., Wallace, E. S., 2018. Golf coaching-biomechanics interface. In: Toms, M. (ed.), 2018. Routledge International Handbook of Golf Science (Abingdon: Routledge), pp. 5-14.