Department for Health

Dr Sean Williams

Lecturer in Applied Statistics and Research Methods, with particular interests in sports epidemiology and rugby science.

Sean Williams

LecturerBSc, PhD

1 West 5.104
Email: s.williams@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3515

Research groups & Memberships
  • Rugby Science Research Group
  • Member, European College of Sport Science
PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students who wish to research topics listed on this page.

Please contact me directly to discuss your research and opportunities for supervision.

Profile

I undertook both my undergraduate degree (in Sport and Exercise Science) and PhD (Risk factors for injury in elite Rugby Union) at the University of Bath. I joined the Department for Health as a lecturer in 2015, and am a member of the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Research Group.

As part of my undergraduate degree, I spent a placement year at the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand, under the supervision of Patria Hume and Will Hopkins.

My subsequent Ph.D. utilised statistical modelling techniques to identify risk factors for injury in professional Rugby Union players. The statistical techniques undertaken within my thesis included survival analysis, mixed modelling, meta-analysis, cluster analysis and magnitude-based inferences; my future work will continue to employ these methodologies to inform injury prevention and player welfare initiatives, as well as other research areas.

Research interests

  • Rugby science
  • Sports injury epidemiology
  • Meta-analyses and systematic reviews

Current projects

  • English Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project
  • Allianz Park Artificial Surface Evaluation

Publications

Articles

Abdulhussein, H., Chan, O., Morton, S., Kelly, S., Padhiar, N., Valle, X., King, J., Williams, S. and Morrissey, D., 2017. Forthcoming. High Volume Image Guided Injections with or without steroid for mid-portion Achilles Tendinopathy: A Pilot Study. Clinical Research on Foot & Ankle

Nightingale, T., Williams, S., Thompson, D. and Bilzon, J., 2017. Energy balance components in persons with paraplegia: daily variation and appropriate measurement duration. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Cross, M., Tucker, R., Raftery, M., Hester, B., Williams, S., Stokes, K., Ranson, C., Mathema, P. and Kemp, S., 2017. Forthcoming. Tackling Concussion in Professional Rugby Union: A Case-Control Study of Tackle-Based Risk Factors and Recommendations for Primary Prevention. British Journal of Sports Medicine

Williams, S., Booton, T., Watson, M., Rowland, D. and Altini, M., 2017. Heart Rate Variability is a Moderating Factor in the Workload-Injury Relationship of Competitive CrossFit Athletes. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine

Cross, M., Williams, S., Fuller, C. W., Taylor, A., Brooks, J., Kemp, S., Trewartha, G. and Stokes, K., 2017. Forthcoming. Does the reliability of reporting in injury surveillance studies depend on injury definition? Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Moran, S., Booker, H., Staines, J. and Williams, S., 2017. Rates and risk factors of injury in CrossFit:A prospective cohort study. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 57 (9), pp. 1147-1153.

Laws, A., Williams, S. and Wilson, C., 2017. The Effect of Clinical Pilates on Functional Movement in Recreational Runners. International Journal of Sports Medicine

Hislop, M. D., Stokes, K. A., Williams, S., McKay, C. D., England, M. E., Kemp, S. P. T. and Trewartha, G., 2017. Reducing musculoskeletal injury and concussion risk in schoolboy rugby players with a pre-activity movement control exercise programme: a cluster randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51 (15), 097434.

Warren, A., Williams, S., McGraig, S. and Trewartha, G., 2017. High Acute:Chronic Workloads are Associated with Injury in England & Wales Cricket Board Development Programme Fast Bowlers. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S. P. T., Brooks, J. H. M., Fuller, C. W., Taylor, A. E., Cross, M. and Stokes, K., 2017. Forthcoming. Subsequent injuries and early recurrent diagnoses in elite Rugby Union players. International Journal of Sports Medicine

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Cross, M. J., Kemp, S. P. T. and Stokes, K. A., 2017. Monitoring what matters:A systematic process for selecting training load measures. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12 (Suppl 2), S2 101-106.

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S., Brooks, J. H. M., Fuller, C. W., Taylor, A. E., Cross, M., Shaddick, G. and Stokes, K., 2017. How much rugby is too much? A seven-season prospective cohort study of match exposure and injury risk in professional Rugby Union players. Sports Medicine

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Williams, S., Stokes, K. and Trewartha, G., 2017. Forthcoming. Tackle direction and dominant side affect upper body loading during rugby tackles. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51 (4), p. 386.

McCunn, R., Fullagar, H., Williams, S., Halseth, T., Sampson, J. and Murray, A., 2017. Forthcoming. Playing experience and position influence injury risk among NCAA Division I collegiate footballers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S., Brooks, J., Fuller, C. W., Taylor, A., Cross, M., Shaddick, G. and Stokes, K., 2017. How much rugby is too much? A seven-season prospective cohort study of match exposure and injury risk in professional Rugby Union players. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51, 410.

Vollaard, N. B. J., Metcalfe, R. S. and Williams, S., 2017. Effect of number of sprints in a SIT session on change in VO2max:A meta-analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Williams, S., West, S., Cross, M. and Stokes, K., 2016. Better way to determine the acute:chronic workload ratio? British Journal of Sports Medicine

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S. P. T., Brooks, J. H. M., Fuller, C. W., Taylor, A. E., Cross, M. J. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. Time loss injuries compromise team success in Elite Rugby Union:a 7-year prospective study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50 (11), pp. 651-656.

Cross, M. J., Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S. P. T. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. The influence of in-season training loads on injury risk in professional rugby union. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11 (3), pp. 350-355.

Hislop, M. D., Stokes, K. A., Williams, S., McKay, C. D., England, M., Kemp, S. P. T. and Trewartha, G., 2016. The efficacy of a movement control exercise programme to reduce injuries in youth rugby:a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2 (1), e000043.

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S. P. T., Michell, R. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. The influence of an artificial playing surface on injury risk and perceptions of muscle soreness in elite Rugby Union. Scandanavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 26 (1), pp. 101-108.

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S. and Stokes, K., 2013. A meta-analysis of injuries in senior men’s professional rugby union. Sports Medicine, 43 (10), pp. 1043-1055.

Williams, S., Hume, P. A. and Kara, S., 2012. A review of football injuries on third and fourth generation artificial turfs compared with natural turf. Sports Medicine, 41 (11), pp. 903-923.

Williams, S., Whatman, C., Hume, P. A. and Sheerin, K., 2012. Kinesio taping in treatment and prevention of sports injuries:A meta-analysis of the evidence for its effectiveness. Sports Medicine, 42 (2), pp. 153-164.

Reports/Papers

Trewartha, G., Stokes, K., Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D. and Williams, S., 2016. Impact Tech Labs - Consultancy:Smart Armour project. University of Bath.

Conference or Workshop Items

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G., Williams, S. and Preatoni, E., 2017. Forthcoming. Biomechanical loads in rugby union tackling are affected by tackle direction and impact shoulder. In: 35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2017-06-14 - 2017-06-18, German Sport University.

Fletcher, J., Williams, S., Whitehouse, M., Gill, H. and Preatoni, E., 2017. Forthcoming. Establishing and validating an osteoporotic model using juvenile bovine tibiae. In: British Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, 2017-09-04 - 2017-09-05, Imperial College.

Fletcher, J., Williams, S., Whitehouse, M., Gill, H. and Preatoni, E., 2017. Forthcoming. Establishing optimum screw tightening to maximise pullout force in fracture fixation. In: British Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, 2017-09-04 - 2017-09-05, Imperial College.

Fletcher, J., Williams, S., Whitehouse, M., Gill, H. and Preatoni, E., 2017. Forthcoming. Reducing ethical and financial costs in biomechanical research: is juvenile bovine bone the answer? In: 25th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society, 2017-09-13 - 2017-09-15.

Williams, S., Trewartha, G., Kemp, S. P. T., Brooks, J., Fuller, C. W., Taylor, A. and Stokes, K., 2015. Association between injuries and team success in elite rugby union. In: World Congress on Science and Football, 2015-05-20 - 2015-05-24.

Thesis

Williams, S., 2015. Risk Factors for Injury in Elite Rugby Union:A Series of Longitudinal Analyses. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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