Department for Health

Dr Simon Roberts

Research Officer

Applied Biomechanics Suite 1.305
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4531


Simon joined the University of Bath in 2000 as exercise physiology laboratory technician, a role which he carried out until 2008. From 2003-2008, Simon undertook a part time PhD after which he moved to his current role as a Research Officer coordinating the RFU Community rugby injury surveillance project. He is a match analysis section editor for the iRB Rugby Science Network.

Simon’s main research theme is in the epidemiology of match injuries in English community rugby union. This work provides a basis for understanding the incidence, nature and severity of injuries at this level can help to shape future injury management and prevention strategies in the game. Simon also has research interests in the assessment of physical demands of rugby union and the use of match simulation protocols to determine the impact of nutritional interventions on rugby related aspects of performance and recovery.

Research interests

  • Injury epidemiology of rugby union
  • Injury prevention in rugby union
  • Match analysis and physical demands of rugby union
  • Use of interventions to enhance performance and recovery in rugby union



Attwood, M., Roberts, S., Trewartha, G., England, M. and Stokes, K., 2017. Forthcoming. Efficacy of a movement control injury prevention programme in adult men’s community rugby union: a cluster randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine

Roberts, S. P., Trewartha, G., England, M., Goodison, W. and Stokes, K. A., 2017. Concussion and head injuries in English community rugby union match play:Community rugby union head injuries. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 45 (2), pp. 480-487.

Singh, V. R., Trewartha, G., Roberts, S. P., England, M. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. Shoulder Injuries in English Community Rugby Union. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 37 (8), pp. 659-664.

Colyer, S., Roberts, S., Thompson, D., Stokes, K., Bilzon, J., Salo, A. and Robinson, J., 2016. Detecting meaningful body composition changes in athletes using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Physiological Measurement, 37 (4), pp. 596-609.

Roberts, S. P., Trewartha, G., England, M. and Stokes, K., 2015. Collapsed scrums and collision tackles:what is the injury risk? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (8), pp. 536-540.

Roberts, S., Stokes, K., Trewartha, G. and England, M., 2014. Incidence and nature of medical attendance injuries in English community rugby union:Rugby union medical attendance injuries. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 2 (12), pp. 47-54.

Roberts, S. P., Trewartha, G., England, M., Shaddick, G. and Stokes, K. A., 2013. Epidemiology of time-loss injuries in English community-level rugby union. BMJ Open, 3 (11), e003998.

Suarez-Arrones, L., Portillo, L. J., García, J. M., Calvo-Lluch, A., Roberts, S. P. and Mendez-Villanueva, A., 2013. Running demands and heart rate response in rugby union referees. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27 (11), pp. 2946-2951.

Roberts, S. P., Stokes, K. A., Trewartha, G., Hogben, P., Doyle, J. and Thompson, D., 2011. Effect of combined carbohydrate-protein ingestion on markers of recovery after simulated rugby union match-play. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 (12), pp. 1253-1262.

Roberts, S. P., Stokes, K. A., Trewartha, G., Doyle, J., Hogben, P. and Thompson, D., 2010. Effects of carbohydrate and caffeine ingestion on performance during a rugby union simulation protocol. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28 (8), pp. 833-842.

Roberts, S., Stokes, K. A., Weston, L. and Trewartha, G., 2010. The Bath University rugby shuttle test (BURST):A pilot study. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 5 (1), pp. 64-74.

Roberts, S. P., Trewartha, G., Higgitt, R. J., El-Abd, J. and Stokes, K. A., 2008. The physical demands of elite English rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26 (8), pp. 825-833.

Roberts, S., Trewartha, G. and Stokes, K., 2006. A comparison of time-motion analysis methods for field-based sports. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 1, pp. 386-397.

Conference or Workshop Items

Colyer, S., Roberts, S., Robinson, J., Thompson, D., Stokes, K., Bilzon, J. and Salo, A., 2014. Use of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to evaluate changes in body composition and the association with performance changes in skeleton athletes. In: 19th European College of Sport Science Congress, 2014-07-02 - 2016-02-05, Netherlands.

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