Dr Darren James
Telephone:020 7815 7935
School/Division:Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
Darren James is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and a member of the Sport & Exercise Science Research Centre.
Darren completed his PhD in 2012 at LSBU. Culminating from his thesis work was FitFlop™ footwear, which was high-commended for ‘impact’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. His main research interest now focuses on the neuromechanical function of the foot and ankle complex, and he explores this using his expertise in electromyography, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and 3-dimensional motion capture methodologies.
He publishes his work in internationally-recognised Journals, supervises PhD programmes within his area of expertise and teaches across all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.
Darren is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and central to his teaching philosophy is integrating research – in a practical sense – into the undergraduate curriculum. He is module leader for Biomechanics 1 (Level 4), Biomechanics 2 (Level 5), Sports Biomechanics & Analysis (Level 5) and Clinical & Applied Biomechanics (Level 6).
Darren’s recent work has been funded by the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society to develop a neuromuscular electrical stimulation paradigm and technology for targeted strengthening of an intrinsic foot muscle. His current work is being directed by doctoral study to translate this into a clinical utility. Intrinsic foot muscle function is a poorly understood and largely overlooked area. Darren’s research aims to generate new knowledge concerning the capacity of the strongest intrinsic foot muscle in the active, pathological and geriatric foot.
More broadly, Darren is research-active in areas relating to foot and ankle biomechanics and clinical gait analysis.
Most recent publications
Mileva, K and Zaidell, L and James, DC and Bowtell, J and Pollock, RD and Newham, DJ and Sumners, DP Lower body acceleration and muscular responses to rotational and vertical whole-body vibration of different frequencies and amplitudes. Dose-Response, 17. DOI https://www.doi.org/10.1177/1559325818819946
Jones, GD and James, DC and Thacker, M and Green, DA Parameters that remain consistent independent of pausing before gait-initiation during normal rise-to-walk behaviour delineated by sit-to-walk and sit-to-stand-and-walk.. PLoS One, 13. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0205346
James, DC and Solan, MC and Mileva, KN Wide-pulse, high-frequency, low-intensity neuromuscular electrical stimulation has potential for targeted strengthening of an intrinsic foot muscle: a feasibility study. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 11. DOI 10.1186/s13047-018-0258-1
McCrum, C and Oberländer, KD and Epro, G and Krauss, P and James, DC and Reeves, N and Karamanidis, K Loading rate and contraction duration effects on in vivo human Achilles tendon mechanical properties.. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, DOI 10.1111/cpf.12472
Jones, GD and James, DC and Thacker, M and Green, DA Sit-to-stand-and-walk from 120% knee height: A novel approach to assess dynamic postural control independent of lead-limb. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2016. DOI 10.3791/54323
Jones, GD and James, DC and Thacker, M and Jones, EJ and Green, DA Sit-to-walk and sit-to-stand-and-walk task dynamics are maintained during rising at an elevated seat-height independent of lead-limb in healthy individuals. Gait and Posture, 48. 226 - 229. DOI 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.06.005
James, DC and Mileva, KN and Solan, MC 47 An acute session of high-frequency, low-intensity, wide-pulse electrical stimulation evokes fatigue adaptations in an intrinsic foot muscle. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49. DOI 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095573.47
James, DC and Farmer, LJ and Sayers, JB and Cook, DP and Mileva, KN The biomechanical characteristics of wearing FitFlop™ sandals highlight significant alterations in gait pattern: a comparative study.. Clinical Biomechanics, 30. 347-354. DOI 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.02.016
James, DC and Mileva, KN and Cook, DP Low-frequency accelerations over-estimate impact-related shock during walking.. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 24. 264-270. DOI 10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.12.008
James, DC and Chesters, T and Sumners, DP and Cook, DP and Green, DA and Mileva, KN Wide-pulse electrical stimulation to an intrinsic foot muscle induces acute functional changes in forefoot-rearfoot coupling behaviour during walking.. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34. 438-443. DOI 10.1055/s-0032-1321893More publications at LSBU Research Open
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