Shelley Ellis

Dr Shelley Ellis

  • Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis
  • BGB
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Shelley Ellis's (nee Broomfield) primary research interest is with the development and use of equipment within sport. This work uses a biomechanical technique analysis approach, combining anthropometry and ergonomics with performance in the sporting domain. This is currently being applied within a project that addresses the design of white water kayaks for female athletes. As a Team Paddler for South Coast Canoes, the kayaking community have recognised the impact of Shelley’s research and the support provided has enabled Shelley to reach a large number of kayakers nationally in order to share her research, both through an invited lecture at the Ladies Paddling Symposium and a number of smaller talks and workshops. Shelley has also published in the areas of disability sport focusing specifically on lower limb amputees and their use of prostheses, tactics used in different aged football academy teams and reliability of measurement in archery. These research areas have informed much of her teaching in the performance analysis areas...



Shelley's current research projects include:

- Anthropometrics of the white water kayaking population

- Optimum sitting height for paddle stroke efficiency in white water kayakers

- Investigating marksmanship analysis of Olympic Archery performance

- Biomechanical assessment of lower-limb prostheses in Kayaking

Journal Articles


  • Xu, W., Alarab, I., Lloyd-Buckingham, C., Bowden, S., Noer, B., Charles, F., Prakoonwit, S., Callaway, A., Ellis, S. and Jones, C., 2022. Re-enacting Football Matches in VR using Virtual Agents' Realistic Behaviours. Proceedings - 2022 IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, AIVR 2022, 119-123.
  • Ellis, S., Callaway, A., Lauder, M. and Smith, N., 2020. Ergonomic fit of equipment for female white water kayakers: Can changing sitting height increase paddle stroke efficiency? In: Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network 7-8 September 2020 virtual.
  • Dyer, B., Ellis, S. and Callaway, A., 2018. The contribution of a lower-limb prosthesis on Paracanoeing performance: a case study. In: ICF 2nd World Conference on Paracanoe 4-7 October 2018 Sweden.
  • Hemingway, A., Carter, S., Kavanagh, E., Callaway, A. and Ellis, S., 2018. The Mechanism of Action of an Equine Assisted Intervention. In: International Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes 25-29 June 2018 Dublin Ireland.
  • Callaway, A. and Broomfield, S., 2012. Technical factors utilised by elite archers: towards setting an agenda for archery. In: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) 19-24 July 2012 Glasgow, UK.
  • Broomfield, S., 2012. Improving Paddling Efficiency Through Raising Sitting Height in Female White Water Kayakers. In: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS). 2012 Galsgow.
  • Broomfield, S., Smith, N. and Lauder, M., 2010. A preliminary Investigation into the Effect of Lower Limb Compression Garments on Performance and Muscle Activity. In: BASES Student Conference 30-31 March 2010 University of Aberystwyth.


Internet Publications



PhD Students

  • Jacob Dayus, 2019. Performance Analysis in Football: Playing style variations in youth football, (Completed)
  • Jordan Watts, 2019. Kinematic and kinetic investigation into the effects of under-weight and over-weight cricket bats as a means of improving swing performance for range hitting in Cricket, (Completed)
  • Remi Luke, 2020. Investigating the interactions between technical and tactical performance indicators in youth teams, (Completed)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Performance Analysis L5
  • Health and Fitness Management
  • Consultancy
  • Dissertation
  • Developing Coaching Practice


  • Using sports performance software to enhance student assignment feedback (Santander, 11 Jan 2016). Completed
  • Pump-priming Beach Soccer Event (BU - Internal, 01 Sep 2014). Completed

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Performance Analysis for England Beach Soccer (01 Jan 2014)
  • Behind the scenes at match of the day
  • Behind the scenes at match of the day - Festival of Learning 2015

Conference Presentations

  • Virtual International Conference on the Physiology and Pharmacology of Temperature Regulation, Impact of ice swimming and body morphology on body temperature in cold-acclimatised ice swimmers, 26 Oct 2020, Online (Vancouver, Canada)

Consultancy Activities

  • Performance Analyst, consultancy. England Beach Soccer, Shelley Broomfield, 01 Sep 2013
  • Hilton Hotel Group, Team Building. Hilton Hotel Group
  • Westminster Sports Unit project, Creation of support pack for athletes. Westminster Sports Unit
  • Technique Analysis of athlete, Technique Analysis. Non disclosure agreement


  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (Distinction) (University of Chichester, 2011)
  • PG Cert in Education Practise (Bournemouth University, 2009)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sports Science (University of Wales Swansea, 2004)


  • International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport, Member (2013-),
  • BASES, Member (2009-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2009-),