Dr Natalie Saunders

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education, University of Ballarat, 1998
Graduate Diploma in Exercise for Rehabilitation, University of Ballarat, 2002
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Ballarat, 2007
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2012

Contact

Research interests

Dr Saunders completed her PhD in neuromuscular and biomechanical characteristics of the female landing pattern in netball. Her research interests include understanding eccentric lower limb neuromuscular control and loading for the purpose of understanding and preventing sporting injuries and improving functional outcomes in pathological populations. Dr Saunders also has an interest in translating evidence based research into practice in the wider community populations, including the development of safe-landing resources that have been adopted by Netball Australia and incorporated into coach education courses.

Affiliations

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)

International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)


 

Teaching interests

Bridging the gap between knowledge and practice in clinical exercise physiology

Musculoskeletal rehabilitation 

Clinical exercise

Biomechanics and Anatomy
 

Conferences

Fox A, Bonacci J, McLean S, Spittle M & Saunders N (2015). ‘The relationship between performance on a single-leg squat and leap landing task: Moving towards a netball-specific ACL injury risk screening method.’ Paper presented at the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, 12th – 16th July, Glasgow, Scotland.


Fox A, Bonacci J, McLean S, Spittle M & Saunders N (2015). ‘Assessing the effectiveness of field-based ACL injury risk screening methods in identifying high-risk landing patterns during a sport-specific task.’ Paper presented at the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, 12th – 16th July, Glasgow, Scotland.


Fox A, Bonacci J, McLean S, Spittle M & Saunders N (2015). ‘The influence of muscular activation profiles on lower limb biomechanics during a sport-specific task.’ Paper presented at the 33rd International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 29th June– 3rd July, Poitiers, France.

Fox A, Bonacci J, McLean S, Spittle M & Saunders N (2015). ‘Detecting biomechanical adaptations in sport-specific landing patterns using field-based ACL injury risk screening methods.’ Paper presented at the 2015 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21st – 24th October, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia.


Saunders N, Fox A & Bonacci J (2015). ‘Examining the association between unilateral versus bilateral drop vertical jump landings and a sport-specific task.’ Paper presented at the 2015 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21st – 24th October, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia.

Awards

2009 Sport and Recreation Victoria Award JENSEP project

2005 Awarded an International Society of Biomechanics Congress travel

grant to travel to, and present at the ISB 05 Congress in Cleveland, Ohio

Publications

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2016

A systematic evaluation of field-based screening methods for the assessment of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk

Mr Aaron Fox, Dr Jason Bonacci, Dr Scott McLean, A/Prof Michael Spittle, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2016), Vol. 46, pp. 715-735, Sports medicine, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2014

The acute effects of conventional, complex, and contrast protocols on lower-body power

Scott Talpey, Warren Young, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 361-366, Journal of strength and conditioning research, Philadelphia, PA, C1

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Neuromuscular dysfunction that may predict ACL injury risk: a case report

Dr Natalie Saunders, Dr Scott McLean, Mr Aaron Fox, Leonie Otago

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 789-792, Knee, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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What is normal? Female lower limb kinematic profiles during athletic tasks used to examine anterior cruciate ligament injury risk: a systematic review

Mr Aaron Fox, Dr Jason Bonacci, Dr Scott McLean, A/Prof Michael Spittle, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2014), Vol. 44, pp. 815-832, Sports medicine, New Zealand, C1

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Offensive agility techniques performed during international netball competition

Mr Aaron Fox, A/Prof Michael Spittle, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 543-552, International journal of sports science and coaching, Essex, England, C1

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2013

Ensuring implementation success : how should coach injury prevention education be improved if we want coaches to deliver safety programmes during training sessions?

Peta E. White, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders, Maria Romiti, Alex Donaldson, Shahid Ullah, Prof Caroline Finch

(2013), pp. 1-5, BJSM Online, London, England, C1-1

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Activity profiles of the Australian female netball team players during international competition: implications for training practice

Mr Aaron Fox, A/Prof Michael Spittle, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2013), Vol. 31, pp. 1588-1595, Journal of sports sciences, London, Eng., C1

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Descriptive analysis of landings during international netball competition: enhancing ecological validity of laboratory testing environments

Mr Aaron Fox, A/Prof Michael Spittle, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 690-702, International journal of performance analysis in sport, Cardiff, Wales, C1

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2012

Encouraging junior community netball players to learn correct safe landing technique

Peta E. White, Shahid Ullah, Alex Donaldson, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders, Maria Romiti, Prof Caroline Finch

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 19-24, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1-1

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2011

Clegg hammer measures and human external landing forces : is there a relationship?

Dr Natalie Saunders, Dara Twomey, Leonie Otago

(2011), Vol. 5, pp. 231-236, International journal of sports science and engineering, Liverpool, England, C1

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The effects of testing procedure on critical fall height determination for third-generation synthetic turf

Dara Twomey, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 145-151, Sports engineering, London, England, C1

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Challenges in the development of standards for synthetic turf for Australian football and cricket

Dara Twomey, Leonie Otago, Dr Natalie Saunders

(2011), Vol. 225, pp. 93-101, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part P, Journal of sports engineering and technology, London, England, C1

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2010

Coaches’ perspectives on implementing an evidence-informed injury prevention programme in junior community netball

Dr Natalie Saunders, Leonie Otago, Maria Romiti, Alex Donaldson, P. White, Prof Caroline Finch

(2010), Vol. 44, pp. 1128-1132, British journal of sports medicine, London, England, C1-1

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