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I was awarded my PhD from LSBU in 2012 for work in the field of foot and ankle biomechanics. I remained here as a research fellow to continue working on an externally funded footwear project and then later accepted a full academic post. I currently hold the positions of Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Course Leader of BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science; I am also Recruitment Lead for the School of Applied Sciences.

I am Research active in the field of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics.

My research focusses on the foot and ankle complex.

My PhD work investigated the adaptations to barefoot locomotion and within this work a concept for a mid-sole design was conceived and subsequently developed with external funding from a footwear company. The brand was 'FitFlop' and the concept became globally recognised, so much so that the impact of the research was regarded as 4* and highly commended by Main Panel C in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

My current research is investigating the mechanical properties of ligaments using ultrasound elastography. I am particularly interested in lateral ankle sprain and so the focus of this work is on the anterior talofibular ligament. The aim of the research is to develop a diagnostic method for assessing ligament integrity and ultimately reducing the number of injuries in sport.

Courses taught

Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Human Sciences MRes

Human Sciences - PhD

Sport and Exercise Science - Msc

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Nelly Alejandra Fragoso VargasFabella evolution and biomechanicsPhD
Ms Fenja Benita DeisterDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Mr Andrei Leonardo Perez OliveraOptimisation Of A Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Paradigm For Targeted Strengthening Of An Intrinsic Foot Muscle.PhD
Miss Milou Tessa BrandStepping into recalibration: an exploration of age-related effectsPhD
PhD in Biomechanics

London South Bank University

2004
2012
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

London South Bank University

2001
2004
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
PSL2324-0052 APS_Data driven insoles_ConsultancyAPS_Data driven insoles_ConsultancyPrincipal InvestigatorCPD - IndividualOPEN Approved for submissionSep 2023

Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement

Other
Review Editor
2019

Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

Other
Review Editor
2020

Recurrance analysis discriminates martial art performance patterns
Straiotto, B.G., Marwan, N, Seeley, P.J. and James, D.C. (2023). Recurrance analysis discriminates martial art performance patterns. The European Physical Journal Special Topics. 232 (1), pp. 151-59. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjs/s11734-022-00684-6

Impact of different mechanical and metabolic stimuli on the temporal dynamics of muscle strength adaptation
Lambrianides, Y., Epro, G., Smith, K., Mileva, K., James, D. and Karamanidis, K. (2022). Impact of different mechanical and metabolic stimuli on the temporal dynamics of muscle strength adaptation. Journal of strength and conditioning research. 36 (11), pp. 3246-3255. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000004300

Reliability and Accuracy of a Time-Efficient Method for the Assessment of Achilles Tendon Mechanical Properties by Ultrasonography
Hunter, S., Werth, J., Werth, J., Lambrianides, Y., Smith, K., Karamanidis, K. and Epro, G. (2022). Reliability and Accuracy of a Time-Efficient Method for the Assessment of Achilles Tendon Mechanical Properties by Ultrasonography. Sensors. 22 (7), p. e2549. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22072549

A voluntary activation deficit in m. abductor hallucis exists in asymptomatic feet.
Perez Olivera, A., Solan, M.C, Karamanidis, K., Mileva, K.N. and James, D. (2021). A voluntary activation deficit in m. abductor hallucis exists in asymptomatic feet. Journal of Biomechanics. 130, p. 110863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110863

Interjoint Coordination in Kicking a Moving Target: A Comparison Between Elite and Nonelite Taekwondo Players.
Straiotto, B.G., Cook, D.P., James, D.C. and Seeley, P.J. (2021). Interjoint Coordination in Kicking a Moving Target: A Comparison Between Elite and Nonelite Taekwondo Players. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. https://doi.org/10.1123/jab.2020-0359

Leaning the Trunk Forward Decreases Patellofemoral Joint Loading During Uneven Running.
AminiAghdam, S., Epro, G., James, D. and Karamanidis, K. (2021). Leaning the Trunk Forward Decreases Patellofemoral Joint Loading During Uneven Running. Journal of strength and conditioning research. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000004128

Evidence that ageing does not influence the uniformity of the muscle-tendon unit adaptation in master sprinters.
Epro, G., König, M., James, D., Lambrianides, Y, Werth, J., Hunter, S and Karamanidis, K. (2021). Evidence that ageing does not influence the uniformity of the muscle-tendon unit adaptation in master sprinters. Journal of Biomechanics. 120, p. 110364. https://doi.org/S0021-9290(21)00144-5

Inter-Limb Mechanical Properties of the Triceps Surae Muscle-Tendon Unit in Master Sprinters
Lambrianides, Y., Epro, G., König, M., James, D., Hunter, S. and Karamanidis, K. (2020). Inter-Limb Mechanical Properties of the Triceps Surae Muscle-Tendon Unit in Master Sprinters.

Identifying consistent biomechanical parameters across rising-to-walk subtasks to inform rehabilitation in practice: A systematic literature review
Jones, GD, Jones, GL, James, DC, Thacker, M and Green, DA (2021). Identifying consistent biomechanical parameters across rising-to-walk subtasks to inform rehabilitation in practice: A systematic literature review. Gait and Posture. 83, pp. 67-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.10.001

Direct muscle electrical stimulation as a method for the in vivo assessment of force production in m. abductor hallucis
Olivera, A.L.P., Alzapiedi, D.F., Solan, M.C., Karamanidis, K., Mileva, K. and James, D.C. (2020). Direct muscle electrical stimulation as a method for the in vivo assessment of force production in m. abductor hallucis. Journal of Biomechanics. 100, p. 109606. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109606

Gait-initiation onset estimation during sit-towalk: Recommended methods suitable for healthy individuals and ambulatory community-dwelling stroke survivors
Jones, GD, James, D., Thacker, M., Perry, R and Green, DA (2019). Gait-initiation onset estimation during sit-towalk: Recommended methods suitable for healthy individuals and ambulatory community-dwelling stroke survivors. PLoS ONE. 14 (5). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217563

Gait-Initiation Onset Estimation During Sit-to-Walk Comparing Healthy Individuals and Ambulatory Community-Dwelling Stroke Survivors
Jones, GD, James, DC, Thacker, M, Perry, R and Green, DA (2019). Gait-Initiation Onset Estimation During Sit-to-Walk Comparing Healthy Individuals and Ambulatory Community-Dwelling Stroke Survivors. https://doi.org/10.18744/LSBU.002933

Lower body acceleration and muscular responses to rotational and vertical whole-body vibration of different frequencies and amplitudes
Zaidell, L, Mileva, K., James, DC, Bowtell, J, Pollock, RD, Newham, DJ and Sumners, DP (2019). Lower body acceleration and muscular responses to rotational and vertical whole-body vibration of different frequencies and amplitudes. Dose-Response. 17 (1). https://doi.org/10.1177/1559325818819946

Parameters that remain consistent independent of pausing before gait-initiation during normal rise-to-walk behaviour delineated by sit-to-walk and sit-to-stand-and-walk.
Jones, GD, James, DC, Thacker, M and Green, DA (2018). Parameters that remain consistent independent of pausing before gait-initiation during normal rise-to-walk behaviour delineated by sit-to-walk and sit-to-stand-and-walk. PLoS ONE. 13 (10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205346

Wide-pulse, high-frequency, low-intensity neuromuscular electrical stimulation has potential for targeted strengthening of an intrinsic foot muscle: A feasibility study
James, D.C., Solan, M.C., Mileva, K.N. and James, D. (2018). Wide-pulse, high-frequency, low-intensity neuromuscular electrical stimulation has potential for targeted strengthening of an intrinsic foot muscle: A feasibility study. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13047-018-0258-1

Loading rate and contraction duration effects on in vivo human Achilles tendon mechanical properties.
McCrum, C, Oberländer, KD, Epro, G, Krauss, P, James, DC, Reeves, N and Karamanidis, K (2017). Loading rate and contraction duration effects on in vivo human Achilles tendon mechanical properties. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging. 38 (3), pp. 517-523. https://doi.org/10.1111/cpf.12472

Sit-to-stand-and-walk from 120% knee height: A novel approach to assess dynamic postural control independent of lead-limb
Jones, GD, James, DC, Thacker, M and Green, DA (2016). Sit-to-stand-and-walk from 120% knee height: A novel approach to assess dynamic postural control independent of lead-limb. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2016 (114). https://doi.org/10.3791/54323

Sit-to-walk and sit-to-stand-and-walk task dynamics are maintained during rising at an elevated seat-height independent of lead-limb in healthy individuals
Jones, GD, James, DC, Thacker, M, Jones, EJ and Green, DA (2016). Sit-to-walk and sit-to-stand-and-walk task dynamics are maintained during rising at an elevated seat-height independent of lead-limb in healthy individuals. Gait and Posture. 48 (July), pp. 226 - 229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.06.005

47 An acute session of high-frequency, low-intensity, wide-pulse electrical stimulation evokes fatigue adaptations in an intrinsic foot muscle
James, DC, Mileva, K. and Solan, MC (2015). 47 An acute session of high-frequency, low-intensity, wide-pulse electrical stimulation evokes fatigue adaptations in an intrinsic foot muscle. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49 (Suppl). https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2015-095573.47

The biomechanical characteristics of wearing FitFlop™ sandals highlight significant alterations in gait pattern: a comparative study.
James, DC, Farmer, LJ, Sayers, JB, Cook, DP and Mileva, K. (2015). The biomechanical characteristics of wearing FitFlop™ sandals highlight significant alterations in gait pattern: a comparative study. Clinical Biomechanics. 30 (4), pp. 347-354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.02.016

Low-frequency accelerations over-estimate impact-related shock during walking.
James, DC, Mileva, K. and Cook, DP (2014). Low-frequency accelerations over-estimate impact-related shock during walking. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 24 (2), pp. 264-270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.12.008

Wide-pulse electrical stimulation to an intrinsic foot muscle induces acute functional changes in forefoot-rearfoot coupling behaviour during walking.
James, DC, Chesters, T, Sumners, DP, Cook, DP, Green, DA and Mileva, K. (2012). Wide-pulse electrical stimulation to an intrinsic foot muscle induces acute functional changes in forefoot-rearfoot coupling behaviour during walking. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 34 (5), pp. 438-443. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0032-1321893

Coefficient of cross correlation analysis of kinematics during walking barefoot and in Vibram FiveFingers®
James, DC and Cook, D (2011). Coefficient of cross correlation analysis of kinematics during walking barefoot and in Vibram FiveFingers®. Footwear Science. 3 (SUP 1), pp. S79-S81. https://doi.org/10.1080/19424280.2011.575401