Dr Stelios Psycharakis

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics

Background

Stelios' interest in sport and exercise science originated from his sporting background, being a member of the national swimming team of Greece from 1990-1995. He then went on to undertake a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science & Physical Education, an MSc in Sport & Exercise Science and a PhD in Biomechanics. Stelios held lecturing posts at the University of Hull (2007) and Edinburgh Napier University (2007-2014), before joining the University of Edinburgh in September 2014. Stelios has been providing scientific support in the areas of biomechanics and performance analysis and has worked with elite athletes such as members of GB Swimming and of the Scottish Institute of Sport.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Biomechanics (University of Edinburgh)
  • MSc in Sport & Exercise Science (Leeds Metropolitan University)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science & Physical Education (University of Athens)
  • Qualified Physical Education Teacher
  • Qualified Swimming Coach

Undergraduate teaching

Course organiser for:

  • Sport Science 1B: Biomechanics and Sport Psychology (BSc Applied Sport Science/ MA Physical Education)
  • Applying Sport Science 3 (BSc Applied Sport Science)
  • Dissertation (BSc Applied Sport Science/ BMed Sports Medicine)

Responsible for the biomechanics component of:

  • Sport Science 2C: Information Skills & Biomechanics (BSc Applied Sport Science)

Also teaching at:

  • Sports Biomechanics 4 (BSc Applied Sport Science/ BMed Sports Medicine)
  • Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation (BSc Applied Sport Science/ BMed Sports Medicine)

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Dissertation supervision (MSc Strength & Conditioning)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

Stelios is keen to supervise PhD projects in biomechanics for human performance enhancement or clinical biomechanics for health and rehabilitation, in particualr projects with a focus on aquatics. Examples include 3D analysis of swimming performance, aquatic rehabilitation for people with chronic low back pain patients or other MSDs, physical activity and aquatic exercise for the elderly. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in any of the above areas,  then feel free to contact Stelios directly to discuss your ideas. For more info on the process of applying for a PhD at our Graduate School of Education and Sport, just click on the following link: http://edin.ac/1Lbfarr.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Margarida Dias: Three-dimensional kinematics in backstroke swimming
  • Craig Riddle: The motoratic and biomechanical requirements of individuals with moderate to severe Cerebral Palsy during RaceRunning
  • Cristian Mesquida: Influence of neuromuscular and kinematic variables on performance of competitive swimmers

Past PhD students supervised

  • Alex Rawcliffe: A Biomechanical Analysis of British Army Foot-Drill: Implications of Lower-Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury in Entry-Level Recruit Populations

Research summary

  • Biomechanics for human performance enhancement, in particular for aquatic sports 
  • Clinical biomechanics for health and rehabilitation
  • Interdisciplinary research in aquatic sports and activities

Current research interests

Stelios' main area of expertise is biomechanics, with a dual focus on performance enhancement and clinical applications for health and rehabilitation. His human performance biomechanics research is centered on improving understanding in human locomotion, especially in an aquatic environment, and identifying new ways to improve performance. Stelios' current research in clinical biomechanics focuses on the potential of treatment and management of musculoskeletal disorders, and in particular chronic back pain, through exercise. His research expands to interdisciplinary topics, projects examining the validity and reliability of sports equipment and to other areas of biomechanics. Stelios is an expert reviewer for 17 academic journals and a member of the scientific committee of the Biomechanics & Medicine in Swimming conferences. 

Knowledge exchange

Stelios has organised and run two KE and public engagement seminars for the 'WATER' project (2015-2017, CSO-funded), which explores the suitability of a range of exercises in the water and on land for people with chronic low back pain. He is also involved in other KE activities and has recently provided consultancy for three external companies in developing and optimising equipment used in sports and rehabilitation. 

Research activities

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Project activity

Large Research Grants

  • Chief Scientist Office, £304,602, Principal Investigator, 2015-2017: "The WATER project: Which AquaTic ExeRcises work best? Identifying muscle recruitment for aquatic exercises used in interventions for core strengthening and rehabilitation from musculoskeletal disorders". 

The WATER project used wireless electromyography to measure muscle activation for the main trunk supporting muscles and on both dominant and non-dominant sides.  More than 40 exercises in the water and on land that can be used for the management and treatment of chronic low back pain were explored. The participants were people with chronic low back pain and individuals with no musculoskeletal disorders, and other outcome measures include pain, exertion and physical effort. The project provided an evidence base that could informs clinical practice and improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of rehabilitation. (Co-Is: Dr Coleman, Ms Linton, Dr Kaliarntas).

Other Grants

  • Scottish Funding Council Innovation Scheme, Principal Investigator, £5,000, 2015-2016: "Evaluation of the Swimbeam training machine".

  • Scottish Funding Council Innovation Scheme, Principal Investigator, £5,944, 2014-2015: "Effectiveness of a new clinical device on strength, balance & flexibility". (Co-I: Dr Kaliarntas).
  • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Principal Investigator, £7,200, 2009-2014: Funding for three collaborative projects with the universities of Athens (Greece), Waseda (Japan) and Houston (USA).

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