Dr Brian Hanley, Senior Lecturer

Dr Brian Hanley

Senior Lecturer

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 on the science of athletics and human gait within the Centre for Sports Performance.

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 went on to gain a first class honours degree in Psychology from the Open University.

Brian’s own sporting interest is in long-distance running as an endurance coach, with qualifications from both British Athletics and Athletics Ireland, and as a race walk judge. He has recently worked as an external consultant for European Athletics on their development programmes.

Current Teaching

Brian is the current module leader for Biomechanics of Health and Sports Injury and Biomechanics of Human Gait. He also contributes to a number of other modules in biomechanics and anatomy, and predominantly teaches students from the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy courses, as well as those on Master’s programmes. Brian supervises undergraduate and postgraduate Major Independent Studies, and is currently supervising three doctoral students.

Research Interests

As a researcher in track and field athletics, Brian studies issues that are common to many of its disciplines such as biomechanics of technique, pacing in endurance events, athlete development, competition structure, sports technology and training methods. He is particularly interested in the science of distance running and race walking, with a particular focus on real-world data obtained in elite competition and the neuromuscular aspects of performance. Brian has worked with world-class athletes from Australia, Canada, Finland, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the US who travelled here for analysis.

Dr Brian Hanley, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Sport
  2. Sport Science
  3. Sports injury

Selected Outputs

  • Hanley B (2021) The Biomechanics of Distance Running. In: Blagrove R; Hayes P ed. The Science and Practice of Middle and Long Distance Running. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 17-27.

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  • Renfree A; Hanley B (2021) Strategic and Tactical Decision-Making in Middle- and Long-Distance Running Races. In: Blagrove R; Hayes P ed. The Science and Practice of Middle and Long Distance Running. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 176-184.

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Drake A (2011) The biomechanics of efficient race walking. In: Pupis M ed. World Race Walking Research. Banska Bystrica, Slovakia: Univerzita Matej Bel, pp. 171-192.

  • Hanley B (2008) Angular Kinetics. In: Cooke C; Kirk D; Flintoff A; McKenna J ed. Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Sage Publications Limited,

  • Hanley B (2008) Force. In: Cooke C; Kirk D; Flintoff A; McKenna J ed. Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Sage Publications Limited,

  • Hanley B (2008) Work, Energy and Power. In: Cooke C; Kirk D; Flintoff A; McKenna J ed. Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Sage Publications Limited,

  • Hanley B; Gravestock HJ; Bissas A; Merlino S (2019) Biomechanical report for the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2018: Pole vault men [Online]. Monte Carlo: IAAF.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Gravestock HJ; Bissas A; Merlino S (2019) Biomechanical report for the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2018: Pole vault women [Online]. Monte Carlo: IAAF.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Tucker CB; Bissas A (2018) Scientific and educational support for race walk judges [Online]. Monte Carlo: IAAF.

    Available from: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Biomechanical Report for the IAAF World Championships 2017: 10,000 m Women's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Biomechanical Report for the IAAF World Championships 2017: Marathon Men's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Biomechanical Report for the IAAF World Championships 2017: Marathon Women's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Biomechanical Report for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 10,000 m Men's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Biomechanical Report for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 3,000 m Steeplechase Men's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Biomechanical Report for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 3,000 m Steeplechase Women's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Time Analysis for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 1,500 m Men's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Time Analysis for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 1,500 m Women's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Time Analysis for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 5,000 m Men's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Time Analysis for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 800 m Men's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Time Analysis for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 800 m Women's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/

  • Hanley B; Bissas A; Merlino S (2018) Time Analysis for the IAAF World Championships London 2017: 5,000 m Women's [Online]. Monte Carlo: International Association of Athletics Federations.

    Available from: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/brian-hanley/