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Dr Nicola Theis

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

I joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2017 after lecturing for three years at St Mary’s University. My research areas of interest centre around musculoskeletal biomechanics in paediatric and clinical populations.


As a Biomechanist, I aim to bring the passion and experience I have developed to my undergraduate teaching. I have a particular interest in applying biomechanical techniques to study the structural and mechanical responses of muscles and tendons to growth and interventions, in paediatric and clinical populations.


  • PhD: An examination of muscle and tendon properties in children with spastic cerebral palsy and their response to stretch: A theoretical basis for evidence-based clinical practice., Brunel University, 2014
  • PGCert: Higher Education, University of West London, 2011
  • MSc: Human Performance, Brunel University, 2008
  • BSc: Sport and Exercise Science, Brunel University, 2007


International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport

Membership of professional bodies

International Society of Biomechanics

International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport

Teaching & Research


I teach Biomechanics on the Sport and Exercise programme at Levels 4-6, through lecture and lab based sessions.


My research focus is around musculoskeletal Biomechanics in paediatric populations and those with neuromuscular disorders. To understand musculoskeletal growth and adaptations to exercise I use measurement techniques such as ultrasonography to study muscle and tendon architecture, isokinetics for muscle strength and 3D motion analysis to assess walking patterns.


More publications from Dr Nicola Theis can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subject for media interview

Muscle and Tendon Biomechanics

Professional positions

Level 1 accredited Performance Analyst (ISPAS)

External examining

FdSc Sport and Exercise, Teeside University (2016 - 2019)