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


SA003, AUT Millennium Campus


AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland, 1020
Internal Mail Code P1 


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

Memberships and Affiliations

  • 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

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.
  • Rugby anthropometry, biomechanics and injury prevention.

Research Summary

Kelly is a registered Physiotherapist and has a Masters degree in 3D gait biomechanics. His research expertise is in the prevention and rehabilitation of running related injuries, as well as sports anthropometry and injury epidemiology.

Kelly has previously worked in a private practice physiotherapy setting, as well as with a range of sports teams and individuals. He is currently the Manager of the AUT Running and Cycling Mechanics Clinic based at the AUT Millennium Campus. Kelly is on the Executive Committee of Sports Medicine NZ (Auckland Branch).

Current Research Projects

  • The use of mobile feedback to reduce the risk of stress injury and improve running performance through changes in gait mechanics.
  • 3D modeling: Biomechanics reliability of various dynamic movements.
  • Development of the COPAT assessment standards for NZ Police Custody Officers
  • Movement patterns to predict overuse injuries from running (multi-national, multi-centre study).


  • Sheerin K, Hume P, 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.
  • Fuller CW, Sheerin K, Targett S. (2012). Rugby World Cup 2011: International Rugby Board Injury Surveillance Study. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • Williams S, Whatman C, Hume P, et al. (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.
  • Sheerin K, Hume P, Reeves J, et al. (2012). The reliability of lower limb strength and flexibility measures in adults and children using a force dynamometer. A technical report for Industrial Research Limited, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University: Auckland. p. 15.
  • Sheerin K, Downes M, Hume P, et al.(2012). A pilot study on the effects of a running-based training programme on physical function in children: A technical report for Run4it Limited, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University: Auckland. p. 13.
  • Williams SD, Gleave J, Hume PA, et al.(2011). Effects of gymnastics training on physical function in children:  Technical Report for North Harbour Gymnastics, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand: Auckland. p. 12.
  • Sheerin KR, Hume PA, Whatman C, et al. (2010). Relationship of hip strength to running mechanics in children aged 9 to 14 years (Report to SPARC), Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology: Auckland.
  • Sheerin K, Kilding A. (2010). Development of the New Zealand Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test. A technical report for the Department of Corrections, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University. p. 71.
  • Sheerin K, Hume P, Whatman C. (2010). New Zealand running survey. A technical report for adidas New Zealand, Clinic for Running Mechanics, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University: Auckland. p. 32