Dr Patrick Esser


Reader in Sport and Rehabilitation Technology

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Patrick Esser


Dr Patrick Esser, Reader, leads the Movement Science Group based within the Centre for Movement, Occupation and Rehabilitation Sciences (MORES) at Oxford Brookes University.

Patrick has been trained in mechanical engineering and medical technology in the Netherlands. He then went on to complete his PhD in Clinical Biomechanics during which he created an easy and objective assessment tools for measuring quality and quantity of movement in neurological conditions.

His academic activities include research, where he acts as a link between clinicians and engineers whilst developing bespoke algorithms and software. In addition, he evaluates products, sensor data quality and a variety of applications.

He also sits on various steering group committees (e.g. OxINMAHR) and actively engages with outfacing knowledge exchange actives (e.g. Faculty Innovation Team).

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Sports Degrees

  • Research Methods
  • Independent Studies 1 (Sem1&2)
  • Independent Studies 2 (Sem1&2)
  • Emerging Technology in Exercise and Health

Physiotherapy Degree: 

  • Human Movement and Dysfunction 
  • Specialist & Advanced Physiotherapy 

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Sam Burden Cardiac function of the left ventricle in obese adolescents with the establishment of links to metabolic health and physiological and perceptual exercise responses Active
Ed Daly Concussion characterisation using current concussion diagnosis and evaluation measures compared to novel objective testing methods Active
Josh Eales Changing the rules of the game: A longitudinal investigation on the implementation of ecological dynamics within a Premier League football club Active
Daniel Newcombe The Environment Design Framework: Bridging the gap between the theoretical understanding and the practical application of constraints-led approach Active
Zoe Taylor Power training for fall rehabilitation and prevention in over 56s and comparisons of recovery mechanisms for loss of balance between fallers and non-fallers Active


ResearchGate (link)

GoogleScholar (link)

Centres and institutes



  • Exploration of lifestyle including dietary patterns on later life quality of movement

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • “A Natural History Study of Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes, to establish reliable outcome measures suitable for clinical and research assessment” (led by OUHNFT) (01/02/2022 - 31/01/2024), funded by: Amplo Biotechnolgy Inc, funding amount received by Brookes: £0


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford - Committee Member
  • The Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR) - Member
  • European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) - Member