Department for Health

Professor Keith Stokes


Head of Department
Director of Impact

1 West 4.123
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4190

Research funding
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Premiership Rugby
  • Rugby Football Union for Women
  • International Rugby Board
  • UK Sport
  • Headquarters Army Recruiting & Training Division, British Army
Professional Societies
  • Member of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member of the Physiological Society (University of Bath Society Representative)
  • Member of the European College of Sports Sciences


Professor Keith Stokes joined the University of Bath in 2002 and is the Head of the Department for Health.

Keith has established strong partnerships with stakeholders in Rugby Union and other sports to investigate injury risk in sport and to develop and evaluate strategies to reduce injury risk. He also has a strong interest in the prevention of frailty in older adults.

He has published over 70 articles in journals such as the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, American Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Keith has supervised more than a 15 PhD students to completion. He has attracted over £3 million in external funding from agencies such the Rugby Football Union, The RFU Injured Players Foundation, World Rugby, United Kingdom Sports Council and BBSRC.

He is editor for the International Journal of Sports Medicine, is on the editorial board of PLoS ONE, and is on the Advisory Board (Biological Sciences) of the Journal of Sports Sciences.


He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2013, Keith received a University Knowledge Exchange Award in partnership with the Rugby Football Union.

Research projects

  • Interactions between ageing and physical activity on muscle metabolism and function
  • English Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project
  • Community Rugby Injury Surveillance Project
  • Biomechanics of the Rugby Scrum
  • Applying smarter training to improve performance in elite sport
  • Influence of smoking on physical performance and injury risk during military training

Research interests

  • Injury Prevention in Sport
  • Application of science to Rugby
  • Ageing muscle

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Stokes presented his inaugural lecture on 'Big Impacts in Rugby Union: tackling safety with science'. In this lecture, he explored the risk of injury in rugby from schoolboy level through to professional players and described work carried out at the University of Bath that resulted in a global change to the Laws of Rugby Union in relation to the scrum.




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