Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Tim Exell

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 02392 845179
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  • Department: Sport and Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Science


I am a lecturer in rehabilitation science and biomechanics. I completed my undergraduate degree and PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2003 -2010). I then undertook an EPSRC funded post-doctoral research position at the University of Southampton, investigating the use of novel marker-less tracking technologies in stroke rehabilitation. In 2013 I was appointed as a lecturer in biomechanics at Cardiff Met before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2015.

I have served as a member of university research ethics committees and on a number of scientific boards. I am currently a board member and Vice President of Research and Projects for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and Associate Editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences.

My research interests include biomechanical asymmetry, strength training transfer, motor control of skill acquisition and methodological developments within biomechanics. Through my research and consultancy I have worked with a number of sports governing bodies, particularly UK Athletics, Welsh Athletics, British Gymnastics and the Welsh Rugby Union.

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit coordinator: Tools of Biomechanical Analysis (Level 5)
Applied Injury and Rehabilitation (Level 6)
Teaching: Applied Biomechanics (Level 6)
Undergraduate and Masters project supervision
PhD supervision in biomechanics or sports performance, injury and rehabilitation and methodologies.


My primary area of research focusses on biomechanical asymmetry during sports performance and training. I have investigated biomechanical asymmetry interactions during a number of different sports and activities including running gait, long jump, various gymnastics skills and strength training. I am also currently involved in research investigating marker-less motion capture, strength training transfer, skill development, injury and rehabilitation.

In addition to PhD supervision, I have acted as internal and external examiner for PhD theses submitted in the UK.


Research profile

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