Sheffield Hallam University

Affiliate Member

The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is led by Dr Simon Goodwill. It is the world’s largest academic group in sports engineering and an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and knowledge transfer. The centre’s work is based on four areas of research expertise; performance analysis, biomechanics, design engineering, and skill acquisition. In each area, researchers develop fundamental knowledge and deliver applied solutions to enhance athletic performance, reduce injury and promote physical activity.

CSER works in partnership with many sport and commercial organisations. We are immensely proud of our work with Team GB Olympic, and Paralympic athletes, and we enjoy research partnerships with global organisations such as the International Tennis Federation, English Institute of Sport, Labosport, FIFA, and Adidas.

Our design engineering expertise is focused on developing a better understanding of sports equipment and its environment. Using fundamental physics, experiments and modelling techniques, we optimise sporting equipment for performance, athlete safety and increased participation. We utilise user centred design to push the boundaries of innovation in sports equipment, and validate our interventions using advanced measurement systems.

Our expertise spans areas including;

  • codesign and co-creation;
  • product testing, validation and evaluation;
  • computer-aided engineering design;
  • numerical modelling and computational simulation;
  • high-speed video analysis, image processing and visualisation software;
  • 3D laser scanning and depth camera imaging;
  • prototype design and manufacture;
  • bespoke software applications.

CSER is currently expanding and leading on the creation of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC). The AWRC is a world-leading £15.7 million research centre funded by the UK Department of Health (DoH), Sheffield Hallam University and with support from a European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) grant. The AWRC co-creates, evaluates and exploits innovations in sport, physical activity and health with commercial and non-commercial partners.

For general enquiries please contact

Contact details

Prof Steve Haake
The Faculty of Health & Wellbeing
Sheffield Hallam University
Collegiate Crescent Campus
S10 2BP
0114 225 2429

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