David Fewtrell

Dr. David Fewtrell

Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Course Leader for Sport Science

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Darwin Building, DB204

+44 (0) 1772 89 3329


David is research active within the area of sport and exercise science and is a member of the Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Dave's background is in sports biomechanics and he has been at UCLan since 2003. During this time he has developed and delivered on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sport Science and has been the course leader for the undergraduate programme since 2008. Prior to arriving at Uclan David completed his PhD in Sports Materials at the University of Birmingham where his research focused on vibration in racket sports. 

Full Profile

Having originally moved from Grimsby to London in the late 1980s, Dave began his academic career as a student in 1995 and graduated from Roehampton Institute London with a degree in 1998. After that he took a PG Diploma in Sport and Exercise Assessment at the University of Surrey Roehampton before starting his journey back northwards to Birmingham where he successfully completed his PhD. He ventured further north and arrived in Preston in 2003 to start his career in academia as a lecturer in Sport Technology. He was highly involved in course and curriculum development across the Sport Technology programmes and eventually took over as course leader for Sport Science in 2008 as part of a newly formed Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CASES). David has recently joined the Universities internal review panel (URP).


Ph.D. Sports Materials, Thesis title: An investigation on the role of grip, friction and vibration during the hand-racket interaction in tennis , University of Birmingham.
PG Dip, Sport and Exercise Assessment. University of Surrey Roehampton
BSc (Hons), Sport Studies. Roehampton Institute London


Li, F-X., Fewtrell, D. and Jenkins M. (2004). String vibration dampers do not reduce racket frame vibration to the forearm, Journal of Sports Sciences, 22, 1041-1052.

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Research Gate Publications

Research Activities

David's current research interests include biomechanical analysis in sport, particularly 3-Dimensional analysis of tennis strokes, football kicking technique and martial arts. He is also interested in research into protective equipment in football, as well as the effects of anxiety on movement and technique within sport.

Collaborative research work is currently being undertaken with colleagues in the Allied Health Professions on projects looking at biomechanics in tennis and also on tennis elbow. Other collaborative research work ongoing is with colleagues within Health Psychology looking at biomechanical variables in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


BSc(Hons), Sports Studies (Roehampton Institute London), 1999

PG Diploma, Sport & Exercise Assessment (University of Surrey Roehampton), 2000

PhD, Sports Materials (University of Birmingham), 2005

Associate Member: Higher Education Academy

Teaching Activities

XS1101 Introduction to Sports Ergonomics 1

XS1102 Introduction to Sports Ergonomics 2

XS1401 Introduction to the Science and Technology of Tennis (module leader)

XS1700 Introduction to Research Methods in Sport (module leader)

XS2100 Sports Biomechanics (module leader)

XS2101 Sports Biomechanics for Sports Therapists (module leader)

XS2103 Sports Ergonomics

XS2401 The Science and Technology of Tennis (module leader)

XS3100 Applied Sports Biomechanics

XS3102 Advances in Sports Ergonomics


Full member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

Member of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS)