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Dr Natalie Saunders

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

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. 

- translating evidence based research into practice in the wider community.

- women in sport and exercise

Affiliations

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

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
 

Units taught

Unit Chair HSE711 Pre Clinical Practice 1

Unit Chair HSE711 Pre Clinical Practice 2

Unit Chair HSE706 Research in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Academic clinician in Clinical Exercise Learning Centre

Knowledge areas

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Biomechanics

Anatomy

Women in Sport

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.

Research groups

Centre for Sport Research

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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2020

The relationship between performance of a single-leg squat and leap landing task: moving towards a netball-specific anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk screening method

Aaron Fox, Jason Bonacci, Natalie Saunders

(2020), Vol. 19, pp. 493-509, Sports biomechanics, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Effect of strength training on biomechanical and neuromuscular variables in distance runners: a systematic review and meta-analysis

D Trowell, B Vicenzino, N Saunders, A Fox, J Bonacci

(2020), Vol. 50, pp. 133-150, Sports medicine, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2018

Gait retraining versus foot orthoses for patellofemoral pain: a pilot randomised clinical trial

J Bonacci, M Hall, N Saunders, B Vicenzino

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 457-461, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The influence of cadence and shoes on patellofemoral joint kinetics in runners with patellofemoral pain

J Bonacci, M Hall, A Fox, N Saunders, T Shipsides, B Vicenzino

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 574-578, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Gait kinematics in individuals with acute and chronic patellofemoral pain

A Fox, R Ferber, N Saunders, S Osis, J Bonacci

(2018), Vol. 50, pp. 502-509, Medicine and science in sports and exercise, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article

Exploring individual adaptations to an anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention programme

A Fox, J Bonacci, S McLean, N Saunders

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 83-98, Knee, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2017

Efficacy of ACL injury risk screening methods in identifying high-risk landing patterns during a sport-specific task

A Fox, J Bonacci, S McLean, N Saunders

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 525-534, Scandinavian journal of medicine and science in sports, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

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

A Fox, J Bonacci, S McLean, M Spittle, N Saunders

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

journal article

Is nine weeks of complex training effective for improving lower body strength, explosive muscle function, sprint and jumping performance?

S Talpey, N Saunders, W Young

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 736-745, International journal of sports science and coaching, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2014

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

P White, L Otago, N Saunders, M Romiti, A Donaldson, S Ullah, C Finch

(2014), Vol. 48, pp. 402-403, British Journal of Sports Medicine, C1-1

journal article

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

S Talpey, W Young, N Saunders

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 361-366, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, C1

journal article

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

N Saunders, S McLean, A Fox, L Otago

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

journal article

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

A Fox, J Bonacci, S McLean, M Spittle, N Saunders

(2014), Vol. 44, pp. 815-832, Sports Medicine, C1

journal article

Offensive agility techniques performed during international netball competition

A Fox, M Spittle, L Otago, N Saunders

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 543-552, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, C1

journal article
2013

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

A Fox, M Spittle, L Otago, N Saunders

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

journal article

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

A Fox, M Spittle, L Otago, N Saunders

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 690-702, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, C1

journal article
2012

Encouraging junior community netball players to learn correct safe landing technique

P White, S Ullah, A Donaldson, L Otago, N Saunders, M Romiti, C Finch

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 19-24, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, C1-1

journal article
2011

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

N Saunders, D Twomey, L Otago

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

journal article

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

D Twomey, L Otago, N Saunders

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 145-151, Sports Engineering, C1

journal article

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

D Twomey, L Otago, N Saunders

(2011), Vol. 225, pp. 93-101, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, C1

journal article
2010

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

N Saunders, L Otago, M Romiti, A Donaldson, P White, C Finch

(2010), Vol. 44, pp. 1128-1132, British Journal of Sports Medicine, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Aaron Samuel Fox

Thesis entitled: Neuromechanics of the Lower Limb: Implications for ACL Injury Prevention

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2015

Simon John Moule

Thesis entitled: The role of an external focus of attention on lower limb landing postures Examination of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) through smartphone technology.

Master of Applied Science (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences