Gregory Tierney


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Dr Tierney's research explores how mechanical impacts to the head translate into biological damage of the brain, from both concussive and sub-concussive impacts in sports such as football, rugby and American football. Dr Tierney's research aim is to further understand the biomechanical mechanisms of traumatic brain injuries in order to develop player protection strategies and predictive technologies for concussion in sport.

Dr Tierney has extensive experience working with elite-level sports teams, technology companies and governing bodies, both nationally and internationally, to ensure sports are played in the safest possible manner without compromising the dynamics of the game. 

Dr Tierney graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in December 2018 and worked as a lecturer in Biomechanics at the University of Leeds from February 2019. In May 2021, Dr Tierney joined the School of Sport as a lecturer in Biomechanics, teaching on the Sport and Exercise Sciences and Sport and Exercise Medicine programmes

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A Biomechanical Assessment of Direct and Inertial Head Loading in Rugby Union, Trinity College Dublin

Award Date: 7 Dec 2018

Master, M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering , University of Liverpool

Award Date: 18 Jul 2014

External positions

Visiting Fellow - Carnegie Applied Rugby Research (CARR) Centre, Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University

Oct 2021 → …

External Examiner - Sport & Exercise Science (BSc & MSci); Sports Coaching Science (BSc); Sport, Health and Exercise Science (FdSc), University of Chichester

Sept 2021 → …

Visiting Lecturer - School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds

May 2021 → …

Consensus Head Acceleration Measurement Practices (CHAMP) Group

May 2021 → …

Science and Medicine Research Group - Rugby Football League (RFL)

Apr 2021 → …

Law Modification Trial Working Group - Rugby Football League (RFL)

Apr 2020 → …

Scientific Review Committee - International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI)

Sept 2019 → …

MBIM Task Force for Forensic Analysis of Injury Mechanism

Mar 2018 → …

Rugby Union Video Analysis Consensus Group

Aug 2017Feb 2020


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