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Prof Athanassios Bissas

Professor Of Sport & Exercise Technologies

My approach to scientific inquiry is all about working with fellow scientists to make a tangible contribution to methodologies and applications in sport performance, exercise and health contexts.


Having completed my first degree in Physical Education and Sports Studies at the University of Athens, I embarked on a long journey of further learning, research and practice. Throughout this journey I have been pursuing excellence in teaching, research and leadership. I have been fortunate to see and support the transition of sport and exercise science from a developing scientific study of sport to a fully integrated life science. Sport and Exercise Biomechanics is and remains my passion which I have been serving at an international level.


  • PhD: Biomechanics, Leeds Beckett University, 2008
  • PGCert: Research Methodology, Leeds Beckett University, 1999
  • MSc: Sport and Exercise Science, Leeds Beckett University, 1995
  • BA (Hons): Physical Education & Sports Studies with QTS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1993

Membership of professional bodies

European College of Sport Science

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour Division (Deputy Chair)

Teaching & Research


Biomechanics and Research Methodology,

Supervision of Doctoral students


Biomechanics of gait,

Imaging, muscle mechanics and neuromuscular function

Measurement and evaluation of strength and power,

Motion analysis of athletic movements


More publications from Prof Athanassios Bissas can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Director of the London 2017 and Birmingham 2018 Biomechanical projects for the World Athletics Championships.

Subject for media interview

Biomechanics of Athletics

Footwear and Running

Motion Analysis

Professional positions

Editorial Board Member: Scientific Data - Nature