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Stelios Psycharakis

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Biomechanics of swimming and other aquatic sports; Aquatic rehabilitation, in particular for chronic low back pain patients, sufferers of other MSDs and the elderly; Clinical biomechanics; Applied biomechanics in sports; Human performance science; Physical activity and health

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science
Sport Science & Physical Education
Master in Science
Sport & Exercise Science
Doctor of Science


Stelios' interest in sport and exercise science originated from his sporting background, being a member of the national swimming team of Greece from 1990-1995. He then went on to undertake a BSc in Sport Science & Physical Education and an MSc in Sport & Exercise Science, before embarking on a PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Edinburgh. Following completion of his PhD, Stelios worked as a lecturer in biomechanics at the University of Hull (2007) and Edinburgh Napier University (2007-2014), before joining the University of Edinburgh in September 2014.

Stelios has been providing scientific support in the areas of biomechanics and performance analysis and has worked with elite athletes such as members of GB Swimming and of the Scottish Institute of Sport.

Current Research Interests

Research summary

  • Biomechanics for human performance enhancement, in particular for aquatic sports 
  • Clinical biomechanics for health and rehabilitation
  • Interdisciplinary research in aquatic sports and activities

Current research interests

Stelios' main area of expertise is biomechanics, with a dual focus on performance enhancement and clinical applications for health and rehabilitation. His human performance biomechanics research is centered on improving understanding in human locomotion, especially in an aquatic environment, and identifying new ways to improve performance. Stelios' current research in clinical biomechanics focuses on the potential of treatment and management of musculoskeletal disorders, and in particular chronic back pain, through exercise. His research expands to interdisciplinary topics, projects examining the validity and reliability of sports equipment and to other areas of biomechanics. 

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