Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering
School:Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences
Mike is an accredited strength and conditioning coach whose research focuses on the interaction of players with artificial turf surfaces (3G pitches) in rugby.
While in the final stages of his PhD research, Mike joined ARU as a lecturer in sports sciences. He teaches on our Sports and Exercise Science and Sports Coaching and Physical Education degrees.
Here at ARU, Mike's research continues to focus on player-turf interaction in rugby, using motion capture techniques to capture and quantify the nature of the foot contact during kicking and scrummaging. He's also interested in strength and conditioning, and youth development.
Mike has worked as a strength and conditioning coach himself, most recently as a UKSCA-accredited coach Northampton County Cricket Club, and before that as lead S&C coach for the City of Leeds Swimming Club, and the University of Leeds sports performance programme.
Mike is the module leader for Applied Sports Pedagogy, Anatomy for Motion, Applied Kinesthesiology and Biomechanics, and Strength and Conditioning.
Ferrandino, M., Forrester, S. and Fleming, P., 2015. The player surface interaction of rugby players with 3G artificial turf during rugby specific movements. Procedia Engineering, Elsevier B.V., 112, pp308–313. doi: 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.07.249.
Fleming, P., Ferrandino, M. and Forrester, S., 2016. Artificial Turf Field-A New Build Case Study. Procedia Engineering, Elsevier Ltd, pp836–841.