Dr Sharon Dixon
Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

Young Investigator Award BASES Conference 1994

Young Investigator Award European College of Sports Sciences Conference 1997

Sportese Award at BASES Conference for best sports science presentation 2004

BASES Sportese Sport Science Award 2013

Committee/panel activities

Scientific review committee, Footwear Biomechanics Symposium 2011, 2013, www.fbs2013.org

Co-organiser of 1st UK Footwear Science Meeting, 2016.

Chair-Elect of International Society of Biomechanics, Footwear Biomechanics Group (2017-)

Editorial responsibilities

Associate Editor for journal Footwear Science

Editorial board member for Journal of Sport Sciences.


Invited lectures

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) Easter Meeting 2008

BASEM Conference 2008

European College of Sports Science 2008 South West Podiatry Conference 2008

Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics 2010 and 2011

Sport and Exercise Medicine South West (SEMSW) 2010 and 2011

UKSEM (Sport and Exercise Medicine) 2011

World Congress of Biomechanics 2014

Invited Keynote speaker International Society of Biomechanics Congress 2015


Significant Impact

Royal Marines - Injury
The Exeter Biomechanics Research Team, led by Dr Sharon Dixon of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, has performed studies which have led to interventions that have reduced the incidence of overuse injury in Royal Marine recruits. Published studies on the efficacy of using cushioning insoles within military footwear led to the development of a bespoke insole design for standard issue to recruits, significantly reducing injury during training. A training review has identified aspects of training associated with a heightened risk of injury. Biomechanical data have informed prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injury in this population.

Sports Surfaces
By simulating sports movements in a laboratory environment, typical forces applied to surfaces during play have been quantified. The data have been used to develop a mechanical apparatus to allow the investigation of the influence of shoe-surface properties on friction behaviour. This device provides a simple and safe method of testing these surfaces under the large forces applied in sports, when players are at most risk of injury. The apparatus developed is being used within a current PhD project at Sheffield, supported by the International Tennis Federation, to investigate the friction behaviour of different shoe-surface combinations, informing standards which can be applied internationally to competition surfaces to help reduce player injuries.

Workshops/Conferences organised

Core committee member of Sportsurf (Sports Surfaces Research Forum), a network set up and initially funded through EPSRC network funding and now self-sustaining. We run regular workshops, and the Network has organised two international conferences. http://sportsurf.lboro.ac.uk/.

Scientific review committee, Footwear Biomechanics Symposium 2013, www.fbs2013.org.

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