Dr Daniella Strauss


Since joining Leeds in 2006, I have acted as Programme Leader and Director for Student Education for Sport and Exercise Science programmes, before moving into a Faculty role which utilises my student facing approach and a keen interest in maximising opportunities to support a global outlook for all students. This role has seen me represent the University worldwide promoting the excellent opportunities here in Leeds and aiming to foster transnational education partnerships.

My teaching expertise has seen me develop biomechanics teaching broadly with a specific emphasis on sports related biomechanics. Supervised projects have included, cycle to run transition in triathlon, biomechanical techniques in cricket fast bowling, weightlifting, aspects of strength and conditioning to boost performance, material testing of sports surfaces and footwear. Over the years I have enjoyed working with elite sports performers, and I have consulted for international tennis organisations.

In addition to supporting academic development within my subject area, I have strived to enhance the employability / soft skills of the students I work with, I initiated the sport science networking event, which has grown significantly over the years.


  • Faculty Director for International Taught Students

Research interests

Biomechanics of locomotion

Performance is governed by the capacity of the musculoskeletal system to control, absorb and utilise the reaction forces associated with ground contact. Here the application to elite performance is clear in developing a movement technique which promotes high level performance, be that a sprint start, a cricket bowl or hockey drag flick. Understanding the role of the lower limb in force utilisation in terms of timing and magnitude, is essential in movement analysis. This coupled with kinematic and muscle activity information provide a method to determine a mechanistic pathway for performance. An example of current research which capitalises on this is a sprint start project designed to consider mode of training to promote maximising technique. Previous work has looked at transition is triathlon from cycling to running and weight lifting techniques.

On the flipside to sports performance is the detrimental impact of sporting injury. These can occur acutely or manifest over time as chronic, overuse injuries. Overuse injuries can be debilitating and are highly prevalent in elite sport, have complex aetiology which include internal and external factors and as such pose significant problem to athletes. Biomechanical evaluation can asset in diagnosis, treatment and prevention and this analysis is strengthened via collaboration with clinicians, strength and conditioning professionals and coaches. Previous work has looked at the shoe-surface interface and the prevalence of lower limb injury in tennis. This work focused on identifying the individual aspects involved within the system – the surface, the shoe, the player. This approach permitted an assessment of the shoe and surface components via material testing, before combining this information with biomechanical player information derived from in-shoe pressure measurements. Extending the work associated to sporting footwear is a general focus on footwear design, its contribution to performance and potential impact to injury type and incidence.

At the opposite end of the competitive sport to health and exercise continuum, current research has focused on lower limb prosthetic use and the impact on balance and movement control. Previous work has collaborated with medical engineering to design ‘smart’ technology embedded within walking aids to provide biofeedback for patients with adapted locomotion often resulting from amputation and /or conditions associated with the aging process.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Met, 2011

Student education

Academic roles:

  • Taught International Admissions Tutor - roles is 0.6 fte


  • Member of Faculty Taught Student Education Committee (Co-opted member)
  • Member of Taught Student Recruitment Group
  • Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee
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