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Research Profile

  • Tony Kay first studied Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.  After graduating in 1998 he went on lecture in Further Education colleges in Essex and Surrey for 5 years whilst gaining an MSc in Sport Science and PGCE.

    He joined the University of Northampton in 2003 where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate level anatomy, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning.  During this time he pursued his PhD in Musculotendinous Biomechanics and graduated in 2010 from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

    The three studies from his thesis were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology and he has continued to publish his post-doctoral research in top-ranked, high-impact international journals.

  • BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science. Teaching on the following modules:

    • Biomechanical Basis of Sport & Exercise
    • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

    MSc Strength & Conditioning. Teaching on the following modules:

    • Musculoskeletal Training & Adaptation
    • Applied Training Methods
  • Tony’s main area of research interest is the acute and chronic impact of various forms of stretching and muscular contractions on joint range of motion, muscular force production, and muscle injury.  He is currently researching the effects of a novel form of PNF stretching and eccentric exercise on muscle-tendon mechanics, strength, mobility and balance in adult and older clinical populations.

    Tony also supervises several postgraduate in related fields examining the impact of eccentric exercise on healthy young adult and older clinical populations.

    Tony is also interested in physical therapies addressing neuromuscular and musculoskeletal functional decline in older and clinical populations, and would accept doctoral students in any of these areas.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Tony Kay’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.