Dr Hannah Rice
Lecturer in Biomechanics


I am a Biomechanist with an interest in understanding mechanisms for the development of lower limb overuse injuries, with a particular focus on stress fractures of the tibia and metatarsals. My research so far has involved runners (recreational and elite) and military recruits. The overall goal of my research is to improve understanding of why these injuries occur so that interventions can be identified that reduce their risk.

I am working on modelling approaches to estimate the stresses experienced by these bones during human movement. This involves gait analysis, inverse dynamics, musculoskeletal modelling, beam theory and finite element analysis. 



PhD, FHEA, MSc, BSc 


I graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Mathematics and Sport Science before undertaking an MSc and PhD at the University of Exeter, under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Dixon. My PhD research investigated risk factors and mechanisms for stress fractures in military recruits. Following my PhD research, I worked at the Spaulding National Running Center, Harvard Medical School, in Cambridge, MA, USA, where I conducted postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Professor Irene Davis. This research aimed to improve the understanding of overuse lower limb injuries. Specifically, I focussed on two distinct areas during this postdoctoral training: gait retraining in individuals with an amputation; and the influence of different foot strike and footwear types on variables associated with lower limb running injuries. 

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in September 2015. Since starting as a Lecturer, I spent a focussed research period working with Professor Joseph Hamill at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, during which time we developed a musculoskeletal model to estimate tibial stresses. 


Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 724722
AddressRichard's Building
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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