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Coming from the Netherlands, Bodil moved to Sheffield in 2013 to specialise in sports engineering. She is focusing on reducing the risk of skin laceration injuries caused by rugby and football boots. Her research aims to develop a realistic and reliable test method to assess the safety of different stud designs and she is collaborating with governing bodies.

Bodil won the Vice-Chancellors scholarship to perform her research and next to her PhD studies she was been a rugby player herself for over nine years. Her previous research areas also include monitoring the heart rate recovery of the elite swimmers and developing protective cycling gear


  • Sports engineering.
  • Studs (or cleats) of football and rugby boots, including impact testing and injury prevention.

Notable media coverage:

  • The Jump: Channel 4 [February 2015]
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Bodil Oudshoorn

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