Dr Genevieve Williams

Lecturer

Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Group

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Sport and Exercise Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport & Exercise Sciences

Genevieve’s expertise is in biomechanics and the theories of motor control that underpin the way our bodies move.

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genevieve.williams@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Genevieve gained her PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in biomechanics and motor control at the University of Massachusetts and Penn State University in the USA before joining ARU.

Genevieve is co-director of our Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Group.

Research interests

  • Motor control and learning from a biomechanical and dynamical systems perspective
  • The biomechanics of human movements with a view to reduce injury and improve performance
  • Perception-action coupling during fine and gross motor skills
  • Biomechanical feedback to enhance motor performance

Areas of research supervision

  • The biomechanics of human movements with a view to reduce injury and improve performance
  • How our forces and movement patterns change as we learn skills
  • The effect of ageing on walking gait
  • How our sensory perceptions, such as vision, affect the way we move; known as perception-action coupling
  • Technique changes as we learn and manipulate loads during strength and conditioning skills
  • The effect of fatigue on technique
  • Understanding the coordination involved in motor skills
  • Understanding the variability in our motor system
  • The dynamical systems theory of motor control
  • The dynamic field theory of movement preparation
  • In collaboration with Penn State University and Cardiff Metropolitan University: the dynamics of strength and conditioning exercises as a function of practice and load
  • Quantification investigation of hippotherapy

Teaching

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BSc (Hons) Sports Science

Qualifications

  • PhD, thesis entitled 'Biomechanical changes during learning a gross, complex motor skill', under Professors Irwin, Kerwin (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Newell (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences (first class), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • International Society of Biomechanics in Sport
  • International Society of Biomechanics

Selected recent publications

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G., Hamill, J. Van Emmerik, R.E.A. and Newell, K.M., 2015. Coordination as a function of learning the gymnastics longswing. Journal of Sports Sciences, available online.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K.M., 2014. Biomechancal energetic processes during learning the longswing on high bar. Journal of Sports Sciences, available online.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K.M., 2014. Changes in joint kinetics during learning the longswing on high bar. Journal of Sports Sciences, available online.

Irwin, G., Williams, G.K.R., and Kerwin, D.G., 2014. Biomechanics and coaching. Chapter 9. In: (ed.) Gymnastics Coaching, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin. G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K.M., 2012. Kinematic changes during learning the longswing on high bar. Sports Biomechanics, 11(1), pp.20-33.

Recent presentations and conferences

Williams, G.K.R., Yoder, A., Chennavasin, A. and Neely, K.A., 2014. Magnification of visual feedback results in greater performance error when visual feedback is removed. The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS).

Morris, L., Dunn, A., Williams, G.K.R. and Neely, K.A., 2014. Non-target stimuli in the visual field impact movement preparation. The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS).

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin. G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K.M., 2013. Accuracy of body mass prediction using segemental inertia parameters modelled from photographic images. Proceedings of the 31st International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, ISBS.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin. G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K.M., 2011. The influence of experience on kinetic characteristics of the looped longswing. In Vilas-Boas, J.P., Machado, L., Kim, W. and Veloso, A.P. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference (pp.427-430), Porto, Portugal. ISBS.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin, G., Kerwin, D.G. and Newell, K.M., 2011. Kinetic characteristics of the looped bar longswing. In: M. Lauder (Ed.), Proceedings of the 26th BASES Biomechanics Interest Group (p.21), Chichester, UK.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D.G., 2010. Kinematic changes during learning the longswing on high bar. In: Jensen, R., Ebben, W., Petusheck, E., Richter, C. and Roemer, K. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference (pp.418-421), Marquette, Michigan. ISBS.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D.G., 2009. The influence of experience on functional phase kinematics of the longswing. In: Harrison, A.J., Anderson, R. and Kenny, I. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference (pp.696). Limerick, Ireland. ISBS.

Williams, G.K.R, Irwin. G. and Kerwin, D.G., 2009. The influence of experience on longswing kinematics. In: Williams, H. and Evans, I. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 11th Welsh Institute of Sport Health and Exercise Conference on Sports Science, Aberystwith, UK.