Dr Matt Greig

Reader, Sports Therapy

Research Group and Institute

  • Sports Injuries Research Group (Lead)
  • Sports Performance, Exercise & Nutrition Research Group


Matt Greig is a Reader in Sports Therapy and a member of the senior management team in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.  Matt teaches on the Sports Therapy programme and is actively involved with postgraduate supervision at masters and PhD level.  Matt leads the Sports Injuries research group which includes therapists and biomechanists.

Matt joined Edge Hill in 2008 from a role as sports scientist with the Football Association, having previously worked at the University of Hull as discipline lead for Biomechanics.  Matt was awarded his PhD from the University of Hull in 2006, researching the influence of fatigue on injury risk in football.  Matt completed his MPhil and BSc at Loughborough University, with a focus on sports biomechanics and applied work in athletics.


Matt’s research focuses on biomechanical markers relating to injury risk, most often in the intermittent team sports such as football.  Having migrated into the sports therapy domain, more focus is placed on biomechanical tools that might be used to enhance injury risk identification and optimise rehabilitation.

Matt has a particular focus in the contemporary development of analysis metrics, and with an ethos of taking biomechanics to the athlete.

Matt has developed a broad body of work in isokinetic dynamometry, and particularly with an emphasis on the development of screening batteries, and the development of analysis metrics to increase the functional relevance of such testing.

Contemporary work in GPS technology has been applied to injury risk in football, rugby, netball, cricket, dance, and equestrian disciplines.

Matt has published articles across a myriad of sports, with a thematic focus on the application of biomechanics research to performance enhancement and injury prevention.

External Engagement

Andy’s external engagement activities include:

  • Editorial board member of Isokinetics and Exercise Science
  • Managing the Department’s programme accreditation and higher education work with the Society of Sports Therapists
  • Invited contributor, IPRS Mediquipe
  • Member of BASES and ACSM
  • Invited contributor to CPD events at professional football clubs

Selected Publications

  • Greig, M. (2018). Intermittent treadmill running induces kinematic compensations to maintain soccer kick foot speed despite no changes in knee extensor strength. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. In Press. doi: 10.1123/jab.2017-0017
  • Eustace, S., Page, R. and Greig, M. (2018). Angle Specific Isokinetic Metrics Highlight Strength Training Needs of Elite Youth Soccer Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In Press. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002612
  • Jones, R. and Greig, M. (2017).  In-vivo measurement of tri-axial loading at the head during the rugby tackle.  Research in Sports Medicine, 25(4), 437-450. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2017.1365297
  • Brown, W. and Greig, M. (2017). Tri-axial accelerometry as an injury predictor tool in elite soccer. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training, 22(5), 44-48. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijatt.2017-0004
  • Greig, M. and Nagy, P. (2017) Tri-axial accelerometry differentiates lumbar and cervico-thoracic spine loading during cricket fast bowling. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 26(4),257-262. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2015-0174
  • Greig, M. and Naylor, J. (2017). Isokinetic hamstring strength parameters as predictors of agility performance. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 12(5), 1-9.