Dr. Christopher Connaboy

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office Number: 128 GAR
Phone: 713-743-9858
Fax: 713-743-9860


Mailing Address:
3855 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

Research Interests

Dr Connaboy's research interests are broadly focused the performance and rehabilitation of military personnel. Employing methodologies from both Biomechanics and Motor control, Dr Connaboy is currently collaborating on a number of projects: (1) The interactive effects of load carried and fatigue on change of direction performance, (2) The interactive effects of load carried and fatigue on perception-action coupling in jumping, (3) The effect of unilateral strength training on postural control when carrying operationally relevant loads, (4) A 'Needs Analysis' of occupational tasks undertaken by the British armed forces, and (5) Myofascial tissue and its manipulation: implication for movement pathologies and sporting performance. Dr Connaboy also investigates underwater undulatory swimming in skilled swimmers and the effects of unilateral strength and conditioning on jump and change of direction performance.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Graham, SM, McKinley, M, Simpson, RJ, Connaboy, C, Westbury, T, Baker, JS and Florida-James, GD (2012). Injury Occurrence and Mood States During a Desert Ultra Marathon. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 22 (6), 462–466.

Naemi, R, Psycharakis, SG, McCabe, C, Connaboy, C and Sanders, RH (2012). Relationships between glide efficiency and swimmers’ size and shape characteristics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28, 400-411

Simpson, RJ, Graham, SM, Florida-James, GD, Connaboy, C. Clement, R, and Jackson, AS (2010). Perceived exertion and heart rate models for estimating metabolic workload in elite British soldiers performing a backpack load- carriage task. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 35(5), 650-656.

Connaboy, C, Moir, G, Coleman, S and Sanders RH (2010). Measures of Reliability in the Kinematics of Maximal Undulatory Underwater Swimming. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(4), 762-770.

Psycharakis, S, Naemi, R, Connaboy, C, McCabe, C, Sanders, RH (2010). Three-dimensional analysis of intra-cycle velocity fluctuations in front-crawl swimming. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 20, 128-135.

Connaboy, C, Coleman, S and Sanders RH (2009). Human Undulatory Underwater Swimming: A Review. Sports Biomechanics, 8(4),360-380.

Moir, G, Shastri, P and Connaboy, C (2008). Intersession Reliability of Vertical Jump Height in Women and Men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22(6), 1779-1784.


B.Sc. in Sport and Exercise Science at Lancaster University, Lancaster, England, UK, 1999

M.Sc. in Biomechanics at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2002

Ph.D. in Motor Control and Biomechanics at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2012