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Dr Chris Mills

Principal Lecturer

Chris Mills


I joined the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth as a senior lecturer in biomechanics in 2009, following several years as a lecturer at Exeter University. I obtained my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Brunel University and my PhD from Loughborough University (2005). I have worked extensively with British Gymnastics and UK Athletics for a number of years whilst studying for my PhD providing scientific support to many athletes. Outside of academia I enjoy several sports, particularly pole vaulting, gymnastics and snowboarding.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on soft tissue dynamics during impulsive loading. I have applied this area of research to the lower extremity by investigating the effects of compression garments on sporting performance. I am also a part of the Breast Health Research Group where I investigate the fundamentals of upper body soft tissue and breast motion and how breast support garments affect this motion during sport and exercise. Finally, I also apply my research area to sports surfaces where I use a combination of experimental and computer simulation techniques to investigate the force dissipation characteristics of different sports surfaces during walking, running and jumping.

I have been a reviewer for many journals submissions in several academic journals including: Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Journal of Sports Science, and Human Movement Science. I have also acted as an external examiner for several PhD theses.

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