In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I have the pleasure in speaking to Head of Biomechanics at Aspire Academy, Phil Graham-Smith. Phil has held some fantastic positions in his career from biomechanics consultant at UK Athletics with the jump squads to Head of Directorate at University of Salford. Now in his role at Aspire, Phil also makes time to continue the growth of Force Decks, a dual force plate system which is getting some serious traction worldwide and is fast becoming the go-to system in professional sport.

In this episode, you will learn –

  • Who is Phil Graham Smith (background, experience, and current role)
    • Liverpool John Moores University
    • University of Salford
    • ForceDecks
  • What has changed in terms of biomechanics support since the early 90’s?
  • What constitutes excellent applied biomechanics support?
    • UKA – world records
  • Supporting young jumpers
    • Use of IMU’s
    • Assessing and quantifying asymmetries
  • Testing
  • Use of isokinetic testing
  • ‘Contrived variables’ & pure biomechanics
  • Research
    • Issues
    • Examples
 Phil can be found on Twitter @PhilipGrahamSM2

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Vald Performance, the team behind the NordBord and the new Groinbar, a hip and groin strength measuring solution. They can be found at and you can get more information on the groin bar at and on Twitter @groinbar.

This episode is sponsored by Coach Me Plus who can be found on Twitter @CoachMePlus and at their website

This episode is also sponsored by Forcedecks. If you want to know more about ForceDecks, listen to episode #139 of the Pacey Performance Podcast with co-founder, Dr. Daniel Cohen.

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