Staff profile

Dr Natalie Saunders

Position: Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92468284 +61 3 92468284



  • 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


Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)

International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)

International Society of Electromyography & Kinesiology (ISEK)


Teaching Interests

Unit Chair HSE711 Pre Clinical Practice 1

Unit Chair HSE711 Pre Clinical Practice 2

Unit Chair HSE714 Clinical Practicum 1

Unit Chair HSE715 Clinical Practicum 2

Unit Chair HSE717 Clinical Practicum 3

Academic clinician in Clinical Exercise Learning Centre

Conferences and seminars

Saunders N (2010) INVITED SPEAKER: Hard grounds and injury: What are the implications for training? SMX 2010 Victorian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise Saunders N & Otago L (2010) INVITED SPEAKER: Down to Earth Safe-landing workshop. NSW Netball Conference. Twomey D, Otago L & Saunders N (2010) Challenges in the development of criteria for synthetic turf for Australian football and cricket. SportSURF Conference Loughborough UK Saunders N & Otago L (2009) INVITED SPEAKER: Down to Earth Safe-landing workshop. Victorian Netball Conference. Seater J, Saunders N & Otago L (2009) An investigation into the effect of visual targeting in a run up and land task on lower limb muscle activation. Australian Biomechanics Conference


Awards and prizes

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


Research projects

Dr Saunders is heavily involved with developing the new Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree.

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.

Research page

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