Dr Sharon Dixon
Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics

Research

Research interests

Dr Dixon‘s research interests are in the understanding of lower extremity overuse injury mechanisms, and the influence of footwear, shoe insert and surface manipulations on lower extremity biomechanics. She has published in a range of international peer reviewed journals in the fields of sports and exercise related biomechanics, sports medicine and sports engineering. Dr Dixon has performed collaborative projects with industry (e.g. International Tennis Federation, Umbro, RSscan International, MoD) and has managed EPSRC-funded research projects on sports playing surfaces and footwear. Dr Dixon is member of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), the Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and is a core member of the SportSURF Network.

Research projects

Understanding traction for sports shoe surface combinations. 
EPSRC Project Grant (EP/G038295/1). Collaboration with Matt Carré, University of Sheffield and the International Tennis Federation.

Player Perceptions of Tennis Surfaces and Relationship with Injury Risk and Performance.
PhD studentship funded by the International Tennis Federation.

Biomechanical variables associated with stress fractures in Royal Marine recruits phase II: Prospective study. 
Collaboration with Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines and Institute of Naval Medicine.

Influence of fatigue on risk factors for Royal Marine recruit injury. 
PhD studentship supported by the Institute of Naval Medicine.

Biomechanical and physiological factors influencing running economy.
Collaboration with the Women’s Running Network, PhD studentship.

Grants/Funding:

Nov 2009 (30 months)
Understanding traction for sports shoe surface combinations. Principal Investigator.
EPSRC Project Grant (EP/G038295/1): £230,371

Oct 2007 (12 months)
Shoe signature monitoring for advanced running technique. Principal Investigator.
EPSRC Project Grant (EP/F006349/1) £9,897

August 2005 (12 months)
Engineering sustainable sports surfaces.  Co-investigator.
PSRC Project Grant (EP/C512243/1) £125,272
(£42,000 to Exeter)

August 2008
Playing performance of soccer boots with focus on comfort
Umbro £10,000

May 2009
Biomechanical variables associated with stress fractures phase II: Prospective study. Contribution to funding of project: purchase of CODA markers and batteries.
Institute of Naval Medicine  £4,575

July 2010
Impact of Women’s Running Network Programmes on Participants’ Biomechanical, Physiological and Psychological Status.Funding of PhD Studentship (With Professor Andy Jones).
Women’s Running Network £60,000

July 2010
Player Perceptions of Tennis Surfaces and Relationship with Injury Risk and Performance    
International Tennis Federation £16,500

June 2011
Risk factors for Royal Marine recruit injury. Contribution to PhD studentship
Institute of Naval Medicine £4,500

October 2012   
Biomechanics of key tennis movements on acrylic and clay surfaces   
International Tennis Federation £4,000

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