Dr Mark Lake
Reader in Biomechanics
Mark gained his undergraduate degree at Loughborough University before going on to do his Master’s in Human locomotion studies at Penn State University, U.S.A (1990) and then completed his doctorate in Biophysics at the University of Guelph, Canada in 1995. He also worked for one year as a Sports Biomechanist with the United States Olympic Committee.
Currently, Mark is a reader in biomechanics and subject leader in biomechanics within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He also acts as programme leader for Sports Technology (Sports Science), which is a joint degree programme with the School of Engineering. The teaching areas for Mark include: Experimental Biomechanics (Sports Science Undergraduate and Postgraduate), Current issues in Biomechanics (Postgraduate) and Sports Equipment (Sports Science and Sports Technology Undergraduate).
Mark’s research has focused on lower limb loading during human locomotion with reference both to sporting and clinical applications. Protective and therapeutic aspects of footwear have been a particular research focus and various commercial projects have been undertaken with footwear manufacturers. Mark is currently secretary-general of the International Technical Group on footwear biomechanics. Recent publications and conference presentations mostly reflect transient, high frequency aspects of lower limb loading and the possible links to specific overuse injury mechanisms. Mark’s research has included the development of a new approach to measure rapid movements of the lower leg during running (e.g. 3 and 5, see references below) and the quantification and analysis of the fast, transient ground reaction forces and movements of the foot and lower leg during dynamic activities such as running (1, 2 and 4).