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Dr Matthew Ellison

Dr Matthew Ellison


 Haighton 30


University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


I completed my undergraduate degree in Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London and my Masters degree in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University. With a particular interest in mathematical and computer simulation modelling of the human body. I subsequently joined the University of Exeter to undertake a PhD scholarship in Sport and Health Sciences. My PhD focussed on beam theory and finite element modelling approaches to estimating the stresses in the second metatarsal of runners, with a focus on developing models to investigate stress fracture risk in this population.
Following my PhD I joined the University of Lincoln in 2020 as part of a knowledge transfer partnership, investigating injury and performance during load carriage in police and military populations.

I rejoined the University of Exeter in 2022 as a Lecturer in Biomechanics.


2016 - 2020: PhD in Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter

2015 - 2016: MSc in Sports Biomechanics, Loughborough University

2004 - 2008: MSci in Physics, Royal Holloway, University of London


Research interests

My research interests are modelling of internal loading and bone stress and its implications for bone health and injury. 

Research projects

Curent projects include:

Methods to measure bone loading during daily activities for those at risk of osteoporosis in order to develop interventions and technologies to ensure bone health is maintained with age.


Journal articles

Ellison M, Kenny M, Fulford J, Javadi A, Rice H (In Press). Incorporating subject-specific geometry to compare metatarsal stress during running with different foot strike patterns. Journal of Biomechanics
Ellison MA, Gorman AJ, Brown O, Mullineaux DR, Mulloy F (2024). Head-torso coordination in police officers wearing loaded tactical vests during running. Gait & Posture, 107, 28-34.
Ellison MA, Fulford J, Javadi A, Rice HM (2021). Do non-rearfoot runners experience greater second metatarsal stresses than rearfoot runners?. J Biomech, 126 Abstract.  Author URL.
Ellison MA, Akrami M, Fulford J, Javadi AA, Rice HM (2020). Three dimensional finite element modelling of metatarsal stresses during running. Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 44(7), 368-377.
Rice HM, Kenny M, Ellison MA, Fulford J, Meardon SA, Derrick TR, Hamill J (2020). Tibial stress during running following a repeated calf‐raise protocol. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 30(12), 2382-2389. Abstract.


Ellison M (2023). Biomechanical changes associated with heavy load carriage using differing rucksack designs. International Society of Biomechanics. 30th Jul - 3rd Aug 2023.
Ellison M, Rice H, Akrami M, Javadi AA (2019). Developing a Finite Element Model to Investigate Second Metatarsal Stress During Running. UK Association for Computational Mechanics Conference 2019. 10th - 12th Apr 2019.
Ellison M, Javadi AA, Akrami M, Rice H (2019). Using a Finite Element Model to Investigate Second Metatarsal Stress During Running. International and American society of biomechanics (ISB/ASB 2019). 31st Jul - 4th Aug 2019. Abstract.

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