Dr Jasper Verheul PhD, AFHEA

Dr Jasper Verheul

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jasper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in biomechanics at the University of Birmingham. His main research interests are in muscle biomechanics, and the biomechanical loading and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system.


BSc – Architecture, Building and Planning (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

MSc – Sport and Clinical Biomechanics (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)

PhD – Biomechanics (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)


Jasper obtained his BSc degree from Eindhoven University of Technology, where he specialised in structural design. He then completed his MSc and PhD work, during which he investigated biomechanical loading and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system, at Liverpool John Moores University. His current research focuses on muscle biomechanics as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.


  • Biomechanical loading and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system
  • Muscle mechanics
  • Sports biomechanics


Verheul J, (2020). Biomechanical loads in running-based sports: estimating ground reaction forces from segmental accelerations (PhD Academy Award). Br J Sports Med, 54(14):879-880. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-100670.

Verheul J, Nedergaard NJ, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA, (2020). Measuring biomechanical loads in team sports – from lab to field. Sci Med Football, 4(3):246-252. doi: 10.1080/24733938.2019.1709654.

Johnson WR, Sian A, Robinson MA, Verheul J, Lloyd DG, Alderson JA. (2020) Multidimensional ground reaction forces and moments from wearable sensor accelerations via deep learning. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2020.3006158.

Smeets A, Verheul J, Vanrenterghem J, Staes F, Vandenneucker H, Claes S, Verschueren S., (2020) Single-joint and whole-body movement changes in ACL athletes returning to sport. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 52(8):1658-1667. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002308.

Pogson M, Verheul J, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA, Lisboa P, (2020). A neural network method to predict task- and step-specific ground reaction force magnitudes from trunk accelerations during running activities. Med Eng Phys, 78:82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2020.02.002.

Verheul J, Warmenhoven J, Lisboa P, Gregson W, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA, (2019). Identifying generalised segmental acceleration patterns that contribute to ground reaction force features across different running tasks. J Sci Med Sport, 22(12):1355-1360. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.07.006.

Verheul J, Gregson W, Lisboa P, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA, (2019). Whole-body biomechanical load in running-based sports: the validity of estimating ground reaction forces from segmental accelerations. J Sci Med Sport, 22(6):716-722. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.12.007.

Verheul J, Nedergaard NJ, Pogson M, Lisboa P, Gregson W, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA, (2019). Biomechanical loading during running: can a two mass-spring-damper model be used to evaluate ground reaction forces for high-intensity tasks? Sports Biomech. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2019.1584238.

Nedergaard NJ, Verheul J, Drust B, Etchells T, Lisboa P, Robinson MA, Vanrenterghem J, (2018). The feasibility of predicting ground reaction forces during running from a trunk accelerometry driven mass-spring-damper model. PeerJ, 6:e6105. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6105.

Verheul J, Clansey AC, Lake MJ, (2017). Adjustments with running speed reveal neuromuscular adaptations during landing associated with high mileage running training. J Appl Physiol, 122(3):653-665. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00801.2016.

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