Dr Brian Hanley
About Dr Brian Hanley
Brian is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. He lectures in the areas of biomechanics and anatomy and is actively engaged in research within the Centre for Sports Performance in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity, and Leisure.
Brian studied Applied Physiology at Carlow Institute of Technology (Ireland) before graduating with a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Leeds Metropolitan University. Afterwards, he gained a PhD from the University with a thesis entitled ‘Biomechanical Analysis of Elite Race Walking’ and a first class honours degree in Psychology from the Open University. Brian joined the Carnegie Faculty as a part-time member of staff in 2000, becoming a full-time lecturer in 2005. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of biomechanics and anatomy, as well as research methods. Brian also worked in the School of Languages, where he taught Irish Gaelic from 2001 - 2005.
Brian’s own sporting interest is in long distance running, both in terms of training and competing, and he has taken part in well-known events such as the English National Cross Country, Great North Run and London Marathon. He is also an endurance coach, with qualifications from both British Athletics and Athletics Ireland, and a race walk judge.
Brian is the current module leader for Biomechanics of Strength and Injury and Neuromuscular Biomechanics. He also contributes to a number of other modules in biomechanics and anatomy, and teaches students from the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy courses. He is also the current Level 6 Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course. Brian supervises undergraduate and postgraduate Major Independent Studies, and is currently supervising three doctoral students.
Brian's research interests are in improving performance and reducing risk of injury in elite sportspeople, as well as the pacing profiles adopted by endurance athletes. He is also interested in musculotendon profiling of elite athletes to appreciate internal limiting and contributing factors affecting performance, as well as longitudinal studies measuring the technical development of junior athletes as they progress to become senior athletes.
Brian’s particular research interests are in the area of elite athletics, especially race walking and distance running. His doctoral study is the most in-depth analysis of elite race walking to date. It included measurements of Olympic and World Champions in international competitions in the UK, France and Russia. In addition, advanced scientific testing of elite race walkers continues to be conducted in the Biomechanics laboratory here at Leeds Beckett University. He has worked with world-class athletes from Australia, Canada, Finland, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and the US who travelled here for analysis.