Dr Darren James
Course Director of BSc Sport and Exercise Science & Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics
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.
Member of The Physiological Society.