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Kirstie Grace has an academic background in Sports Science, Biomechanics, having previously completed undergraduate Physical Education QTS teacher training and a master’s degree in Sports Science (Performance Analysis & Biomechanics) at Sheffield Hallam University.  Kirstie is currently finishing her PhD at Leeds Beckett University on the Biomechanics of the field hockey drag flick, looking at the analysis of movement patterns through principal component analysis.  Kirstie joined Leeds Trinity University in 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience of programme leading physical Education & Sports Coaching and a range of Sport & Exercise Science programmes in addition to teaching across a number of sport related modules.  Kirstie is now the Deputy Head of School for Health, Sport & Life Sciences.  Kirstie is also the strategic lead for Trinity Performance in the School and an accredited BASES Sport & Exercise Scientist (Biomechanics - Pedagogy).   Kirstie has previously worked as a curriculum leader and deputy head of department for Physical Education in a secondary school.  

Teaching and Administration

Deputy Head of School for Health, Sport & Life Sciences.

Current Teaching responsibilities

SHN4035 Fundamentals of Human Movement

SHN5065 Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

SHN6242 Applied Biomechanics & Movement Analysis 

SHN6164 Dissertation

SHN7033 Research Practice

Research interests

Kirstie has a research interest in technique analysis in particular the use of functional principal component analysis.  A large portion of Kirstie's work is centred around making biomechanical analysis applicable and relatable to coaches and athletes.  

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Physical Education with Education with Qualified Teaching Status , Sheffield Hallam University

Master of Science, Sports Science (Biomechanics & Performance Analysis Pathway), Sheffield Hallam University

External positions

External Examiner BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Sciences , University of Cumbria

Sept 2019 → …

External Examiner BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Coaching Studies, Accrington & Rossendale College

Sept 2016Jul 2020


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