Sports Injury Mechanics
Our injury mechanics research aims to provide critical knowledge that is likely to reduce the incidence of sporting injuries, firstly by early identification of those at risk and secondly by implementation of effective intervention programs and injury prevention strategies. The early identification of players at risk of injury through identification of critical biomechanical features of movement technique and the variability of the technique will enable intervention to take place to improve safer sport participation. The results of our research will inform new strategies for coaches and clinicians to correct landing technique and optimise performance. Current musculoskeletal injuries that we are investigating include patellar tendinopathy in basketball, lower back injuries in cricket fast bowlers and sailing, hamstring and groin injuries in basketball, Australian Football and soccer, and chronic non-traumatic neck pain. Our sporting partners include the Australian Institute of Sport and Australian Sailing Team.