Prof. Dr. Michael Hiley

Michael graduated from Loughborough University with a Joint Honours degree in Sport Science and Mathematics, then gained his PhD in the computer simulation of gymnastics skills. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and Director of the Centre for Gymnastics Research at Loughborough University. His research has focused on investigating the mechanics of technique and how it is influenced by the human control system. Specifically, he has used computer simulation modelling to investigate the interaction between the gymnast and the gymnastics equipment. This work has helped to explain the adoption of the modern giant circling technique on the high bar in terms of the margin for error when releasing the bar and how optimum technique is affected by the need for robustness to motor system noise/execution errors. Michael spent much of his early career working on the British Gymnastics World Class Performance Programme providing mechanics support to all disciplines of gymnastics and has been a Tutor for British Gymnastics, incorporating the results of computer simulation research into the coach education programmes.

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