Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory
Emily is the Senior Technician for the Structure & Motion group.
Before joining the RVC, Emily was awarded an MSc in Sport Biomechanics from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Completed part time under sponsorship, this degree allowed Emily to carry out several external consultancy posts within British Swimming while studying. She provided biomechanical and performance analysis support to teams including England Talent swim squad, GB Paralympic team and GB Water polo, both on international duty and during weekly training sessions.
Having secured world league status for the first time in ten years and overseen a successful Olympic campaign, Emily found her next career challenge in Hertfordshire at the RVC. Having to problem solve and create novel protocols on a daily basis make this style of research all the more rewarding.
Emily's research interests focus on improving human performance and the biomechanical analysis of elite aquatic sports.
Sparkes, E.L., 2016. Research in Farriery- Gait analysis: more than meets the eye. Forge, 3 (4), pp.21-22.
Walker, A.M., Martin, A., Pfau, T., Sparkes, E.L., Wilson, A.M. and Witte, T.H., 2016. How realistic is a racehorse simulator?. Journal of Biomechanics,49(14), pp.3570-3575.
Walker, A.M., Applegate, C., Pfau, T., Sparkes, E.L., Wilson, A.M. and Witte, T.H., 2016. The kinematics and kinetics of riding a racehorse: A quantitative comparison of a training simulator and real horses. Journal of Biomechanics,49(14), pp.3368-3374.
Cuff, A.R., Sparkes, E.L., Randau, M., Pierce, S.E., Kitchener, A.C., Goswami, A. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2016. The scaling of postcranial muscles in cats (Felidae) I: forelimb, cervical, and thoracic muscles. Journal of Anatomy,229(1), pp.128-141.
Cuff, A.R., Sparkes, E.L., Randau, M., Pierce, S.E., Kitchener, A.C., Goswami, A. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2016. The scaling of postcranial muscles in cats (Felidae) II: hindlimb and lumbosacral muscles. Journal of Anatomy.
Portugal, S.J., Murn, C.P., Sparkes, E.L. and Daley, M.A., 2016. The fast and forceful kicking strike of the secretary bird. Current Biology,26(2), pp.R58-R59.
Usherwood, J.R., Sparkes, E.L.and Weller, R., 2014. Leap and strike kinetics of an acoustically ‘hunting’ barn owl (Tyto alba). Journal of Experimental Biology,217(17), pp.3002-3005.