Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Biomechanics and motor control of gait
  • Assistive Technologies for Gait and Posture
  • Footwear biomechanics

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Simon Taylor

Simon is a research fellow within the Institute for Health & Sport at Victoria University.

His research area includes:

  • training gait control from real-time biofeedback
  • effects of footwear on agile movement in field sports
  • effects of footwear and cognitive load on the control of limb stiffness during running
  • wearable sensor technology.

Simon has collaborated with industry groups such as XBlades Ltd, Tennis Australia, and DorsaVi Ltd, and has provided biomechanical analysis reports for Western Bulldogs (AFL) and Athletics Australia. He has published a US patent on a gait biofeedback tool.

Simon has supervised PhD students in the field of gait and sports biomechanics.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2012
  • MAppSci, Victoria University, Australia, 2004

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Bhargava, A., Elias, G., Lloyd, R., Taylor, S., & Nelson, A. (190605). The effect of biological maturity on physical performance measures and muscle range of motion following eccentric training in adolescent soccer players Smart Connection Consultancy and IHeS.

Year Citation
2020 Mehdikhani, M., Taylor, S., Shideler, B. L., Ogrin, R., & Begg, R. (200701). Age effects on step adaptation during treadmill walking with continuous step length biofeedback. Gait and Posture, 80 (174-177).

doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.04.027

2020 Garofolini, A., Oppici, L., & Taylor, S. (200101). A real-time feedback method to reduce loading rate during running: Effect of combining direct and indirect feedback. Journal of Sports Sciences, (1-8).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1788288

2019 Garofolini, A., Taylor, S., Mclaughlin, P., Mickle, K. J., & Frigo, C. A. (191001). Ankle joint dynamic stiffness in long-distance runners: Effect of foot strike and shoes features. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 9(19),

doi: 10.3390/app9194100

2019 Garofolini, A., Zadeh, A. G., Taylor, S., Mclaughlin, P., & Mickle, K. J. (190628). Effect of habitual foot strike patterns on muscle and bone properties of the foot. Footwear Science, 11(sup1), (S142-S144).

doi: 10.1080/19424280.2019.1606293

2019 Garofolini, A., Taylor, S., McLaughlin, P., Stokes, R., Kusel, M., & Mickle, K. J. (190501). Repeatability and accuracy of a foot muscle strength dynamometer. Medical Engineering and Physics, 67 (102-108).

doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2019.03.005

2019 Garofolini, A., & Taylor, S. (190401). The effect of running on foot muscles and bones: A systematic review. Human Movement Science, 64 (75-88).

doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2019.01.006

2019 Garofolini, A., Taylor, S., & Lepine, J. (190103). Evaluating dynamic error of a treadmill and the effect on measured kinetic gait parameters: Implications and possible solutions. Journal of Biomechanics, 82 (156-163).

doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.10.025

2017 Peacock, J., Ball, K., & Taylor, S. (171202). The impact phase of drop punt kicking for maximal distance and accuracy. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(23), (2289-2296).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1266015

2017 Garofolini, A., Taylor, S., & Mclaughlin, P. (170630). A proposed experiment: to assess the effect of football boot design on agile movement. Footwear Science, 9 (S74-S75).

doi: 10.1080/19424280.2017.1314346

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Validating wearable sensor signals during diverse range of upper and lower limb movement tasks
From: DorsaVi Pty Grant
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed
Lower-Limb Stiffness Control in Healthy Young Males: Biomechanical Implications and its Possible Casual Factors
From: The University of Melbourne
Investigators: Aspr Patrick Mclaughlin, Dr Karen Mickle
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed

Engineering the future of sports equipment.
From: Tennis Australia
Investigators: Aspr Tze huei Lai, Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2017-2020
$126,794
The effect of football boot design on movement agility and control.
From: X-Blades Pty Ltd (NSW)
Investigators: Aspr Tze huei Lai, Aspr Patrick Mclaughlin
For period: 2017-2018
$27,466

Predicting ground reaction forces from lower leg acceleration data in healthy people during walking jogging, and running
From: DorsaVi Pty Grant
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Simon teaches biomechanics units in the Bachelor degrees of the College of Sport and Exercise Science.

He's the unit coordinator of Biomechanics (AHE1202) in the First Year College. 

He's a key academic for Advanced Biomechanics (AHE3101) in the College of Sport and Exercise Science. 

Media appearances

25th July 2015

Ian Campbell: A fight for gold 35 years on

1980 Moscow Olympic Games: How far did Ian Campbell jump? A Victoria University investigation has proved that a former Olympian could have been duped out of a gold medal 35 years ago. The Sydney Morning Herald.