Sports Kinesiology & Injury Prevention
The ability of the human body to move effectively and efficiently is key to the outcome in all sports. Integrating biomechanics and functional anatomy, kinesiology allows us to study human motion. We use kinesiology to investigate new methods for optimising human movement to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury in athletes of all ages and abilities. Our promise is to connect our postgraduates with industry professionals looking to improve their performance and/or potential through the integration of theory into practice.
Our staff and students work primarily alongside those responsible for the design, development and delivery of sport performers/performances at a local, regional, national and international level. This includes athletes, coaches, managers, administrators, clubs and schools.
Research expertise includes:
- Lower limb injury biomechanics – Evaluating landing and cutting movements, quantifying lower limb stiffness and monitoring load to understand injury risk factors and help develop physical preparation and technique programmes.
- Running and cycling mechanics – Identification, development, and optimisation of musculoskeletal movement protocols to improve performance and reduce injury risk in runners and cyclists.
- Sport injury risk profiling – Functional movement screening, concussion risk assessment and evaluation of asymmetries in athletes force/torque production to predict injury risk.
- Rugby Codes Research – Evaluating movement for performance and injury prevention in rugby union and rugby league.
- Sports kinanthropometry – Identification, development, and optimisation of body composition to aid athletic performance.
- Sport injury epidemiology – Survey design and analysis to identify risk factors and help develop and evaluate injury prevention programmes.
- ACC 10-point plan for injury prevention known as SportSmart, to help reduce ethe risk of injury to youth athletes to elite athletes.