Kelly Sheerin

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Sports Performance Clinics Manager
J.E. Lindsay Carter Kinanthropometry Lab – Deputy Director

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7354


Physical Address:

AUT Millennium

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AUT Millennium Sports Performance Clinics


MHSc (Hons), PGDip (Musculo Physio), BHSc (Physio) BSc (Sports Sci), ISAK 3


  • New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist (NZRP)
  • Executive Committee Member – Sports Medicine New Zealand - Auckland Branch
  • Member, International Society for Biomechanics in Sport
  • Member, International Society for the Advancement of Kinathropometry
  • Member, Sports Medicine New Zealand
  • Member, Physiotherapy New Zealand


Kelly is a registered Physiotherapist and Biomechanist who is a Lecturer in the School of Sport and Recreation, and also leads the AUT Millennium Sports Performance Clinics. He has a clinical interest and expertise in running injuries and biomechanics. Kelly has a Masters degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including research in 3D running biomechanics.

Teaching Areas:

  • Running Gait
  • Injury Prevention
  • Human Movement and Biomechanics
  • Anatomy
  • Anthropometry

Research Areas:

  • Identification, development, and optimisation of treatment and rehabilitation protocols for runners.
  • Biomechanical factors related to the treatment and prevention of running injuries.
  • Sports injury epidemiology.
  • Sports anthropometry.

Research Summary:

My research focuses on the impact of injury prevention strategies in a wide range of sports. I operate on the interface of the sub-disciplines of injury monitoring, sports biomechanics, anthropometry and motor learning.

Current Research Projects:

Using wearable technology to provide real-time feedback to reduce lower limb loading in runners is one of my key lines of research, along with the monitoring of load metrics in team sports.


Sheerin, K. R., Besier, T. F., Reid, D., & Hume, P. A. (2017). The one-week and six-month reliability and variability of three-dimensional tibial acceleration in runners. Sports Biomechanics, 1-10. doi:10.1080/14763141.2017.1371214

Hume, P., Sheerin, K., & de Ridder, J. H. (2017). Non-imaging method: Surface anthropometry. In P. Hume, D. Kerr, & T. Ackland (Eds.), Best practice protocols for physique assessment in sport (pp. 61-71). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore PTE Ltd.

Lorimer, A., Whatman, C., Mather, F., Wenham, M., Sheerin, K., Steele, H., & Manson, S. (2016). The use of additional laboratory based performance testing in the return-to-play decision; a case study in elite football. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 43(2), 65-67.

Williams, S., Whatman, C., Hume, P. A., & Sheerin, K. (2012). Kinesio taping in treatment and prevention of sports injuries: A meta-analysis of the evidence for its effectiveness. Sports Medicine, 42(2), 153-164. doi:10.2165/11594960-000000000-00000

Sheerin, K. R., Hume, P. A., & Whatman, C. (2012). Effects of a lower limb functional exercise programme aimed at minimising knee valgus angle on running kinematics in youth athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(4), 250-254.

Ellery, S., Keogh, J., & Sheerin, K. (2012). Does maximal strength training improve endurance performance in highly trained cyclists: A systematic review. European Journal of Sports and Exercise Science, 1(3), 90-102.