About Us

Human Braking Performance (HBP) Research Group

Who are we?

The Human Braking Performance (HBP) research group is a a group of experienced academics and practitioners with an interest in developing and disseminating knowledge on the importance of deceleration and braking on sports performance and injury-risk reduction. The profiles of the HBP research group members can be viewed below.


Decelerating is a fundamental component of sports performance necessary to reduce or slow down forward movement speeds prior to turning or stopping. Decelerating can generate very high braking forces upon foot ground contact, enabling very quick changes in speed to be made across short time frames and distances. This is advantageous from a performance perspective where rapid changes of direction or speed can out manoeuvre opponents, but may also expose athletes to high risk of tissue damage and injury. The importance of braking and deceleration has been further highlighted by the evolution of many intermittent sports demanding players to perform more frequent accelerations and high-speed sprinting actions, therefore demanding an ability to decelerate frequently and at higher magnitudes .

Despite the clear importance of deceleration to sports performance and injury-risk reduction previous research has been highly devoted to understanding and developing the ability to accelerate and attain high speeds with much less attention given to how to effectively decelerate these higher movement speeds.https://www.high-endrolex.com/46

Our Mission

  • Develop innovative approaches to help enhance our understanding of braking during high-intensity human movements

Our Focus

  • 1.

    Develop innovative 'real-world' approaches to profile human braking performance.
  • 2.

    Understand how optimising human braking performance can influence the ability to manoeuvre safely and effectively in sports performance environments.
  • 3.

    Identify and develop interventions that can be used to enhance braking performance and reduce the risk of injuries encountered when braking.

Research Group Members

Dr Damian Harper

Founder Human Braking Performance, Lecturer in Coaching and Performance, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Dr John Kiely

Associate Professor in Performance & Innovation, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Dr David Rhodes

Head of Medicine, Performance and Innovation, Burnley Football Club; Consultant in Elite Football.

Dr Chris Carling

Head of Performance, French Football Federation (FFF), France; Associate Member, French Institute of Sport (INSEP), France.

Dr Ola Eriksrud

Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway; Research & Development, 1080 Motion, Sweden; Consultant, Norwegian Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

Dr Daniel Cohen

Researcher, Centre for Sport Science, Colombian Ministry of Sport (Mindeporte), Colombia; Researcher, University of Santander, Colombia; Co-Founder of ForceDecks.

Dr Tom Dos'Santos

Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Dr Paul Jones

Lecturer, Salford University, UK.

Dr Phil Graham-Smith

Head of Biomechanics & Innovation, Aspire Academy, Qatar; Co-Founder of ForceDecks.

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