Stephanie King

Dr Stephanie King

Lecturer in Biomechanics

Faculty of Health Sciences

+44 (0) 1482 463859

Dr Stephanie King's area of expertise is in the movement patterns of clinical populations and the impact exercise interventions can have on these movements and the musculoskeletal system.

She graduated from UCLan with a degree in Sports Therapy before undertaking an MSc (by research) followed by a PhD at the University of Hull.

Dr King held Research Assistant and Associate Lecturer positions at Liverpool John Moores University before returning as a lecturer to the University of Hull in 2016.


Research Interests

  • Impact of ageing and disease on level and stair walking
  • Effect of exercise interventions on strength and movement patterns
  • Structure and function of muscle-tendon units

Research groups

  • Exercise for Health and Human Performance research group
  • Academic Vascular Unit within Hull Royal Infirmary


Harwood AE, King S, Totty J, Smith, GE, Vanicek N, Chetter IC. 'A systematic review of muscle morphology and function in intermittent claudication'. Journal of Vascular Surgery (2017) 66 (4); 1241-1257

King S, Vanicek N, O’Brien TD. 'Sagittal plane joint kinetics during stair ascent in patients with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent claudication'. Gait & Posture (2017) 55, 81-86

King SL, Barton GJ, Ranganath LR. 'Interpreting sources of variation in clinical gait analysis: a case study'. Gait & Posture (2017) 52; 1-4

King S, Vanicek N, O’Brien TD. 'Gastrocnemius muscle architecture and Achilles tendon properties influence walking distance in claudicants with peripheral arterial disease'. Muscle Nerve (2016) 53(5); 33-41

King, SL, Vanicek, N, O’Brien, T. 'Dynamic muscle quality of the plantarflexors are impaired in claudicants with peripheral arterial disease and associated with increased disease severity and poorer walking endurance'. Journal of Vascular Surgery (2015) 62(3); 689-697


Modules list

  • Analysis of Human Movement
  • Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention
  • Professional Practice in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Research PhDs

Dr King welcomes applications in her specialist areas of research.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Stephen Watson (PhD): Novel exercise interventions in patients with intermittent claudication
  • Sam Dewsbury (MSc): Biomechanical changes in response to a home based strength and conditioning intervention in older adults


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Hons, Sports Therapy, University of Central Lancashire (2009)
  • MSc (by research), Clinical Biomechanics, University of Hull (2010)
  • PhD, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, University of Hull (2015)

External roles

  • Member of the International Society of Biomechanics