Suzi Edwards

Suzi Edwards
The University of Sydney · Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science

PhD, MSc(Hon), BAppSc(Ex & Sport Sc), ASpS2

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August 2021 - present
The University of Sydney
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Discipline of Exercise and Sports Sciences
January 2015 - July 2021
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Position
  • Lecturer
February 2010 - January 2015
Charles Sturt University
Position
  • Lecturer in Exercise Science (Biomechanics)

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Publications (81)
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Objective: To understand the flexible work practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and depression in frequent computer users. Methods: An e-survey determined the extent of workplace changes and MSD, and the relationships between them using descriptive-statistics and Chi-square tests...
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Background: Movement competency screens (MCSs) are commonly used by coaches and clinicians to assess injury risk. However, there is conflicting evidence regarding MCS reliability. Purpose: This study aimed to: (i) determine the inter- and intra-rater reliability of a sport specific field-based MCS in novice and expert raters using different view...
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Purpose: To investigate how four types of successfully executed, legal front-on, one-on-one torso tackles influence the tacklers' and ball carriers' inertial head kinematics. Methods: A total of 455 successful front-on, one-on-one torso tackle trials completed by 15 rugby-code players using three-dimensional motion capture were recorded. Tackles...
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Objectives To investigate relationships between load tolerance of single leg isometric knee extension and athlete reported knee pain location and severity during the single leg decline squat (SLDS). Design Cross-sectional study Methods 175 college basketball athletes (99 women, 76 men) in Alberta, Canada participated in this study at the start of...
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Background Computer use is associated with poor postures and increased risk of developing neck pain. Evaluating differences in working posture of individuals with and without chronic neck pain may assist the development of strategies to lessen or prevent pain. Objective To identify if upper body kinematics differs between individuals with and with...
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The majority of musculoskeletal modelling studies investigating healthy populations use generic models linearly scaled to roughly match an individual’s anthropometry. Generic models disregard the considerable variation in musculoskeletal geometry and tissue properties between individuals. This study investigated the physiological implications of pe...
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Background The tackle is the most common in-play event in rugby union and rugby league (the rugby codes). It is also associated with the greatest propensity for injury and thus accounts for the most injuries in the sport. It is therefore of critical importance to accurately quantify how tackle technique alters injury risk using gold-standard method...
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Background The tackle is the in-game activity carrying the greatest risk for concussion in rugby. A recent evaluation of tackle characteristics in rugby union precipitated a rule modification to reduce head impact risk during tackles. This study aims to replicate the work conducted in rugby union by examining the association between tackle characte...
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Background Few studies comprehensively analyse 3D neck kinematics in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain during functional tasks considered challenging. This critical knowledge is needed to assist clinicians to recognise and address how altered movement strategies might contribute to pain. Research question Are there differences in 3D ne...
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Background: Exposure to thousands of head and body impacts during a career in contact and collision sports may contribute to current or later life issues related to brain health. Wearable technology enables the measurement of impact exposure. The validation of impact detection is required for accurate exposure monitoring. In this study, we present...
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Background: Wearable inertial sensor technology (WIST) systems provide feedback, aiming to modify aberrant postures and movements. The literature on the effects of feedback from WIST during work or work-related activities has not been previously summarised. This review examines the effectiveness of feedback on upper body kinematics during work or w...
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Context: Causes of anterior knee pain (AKP) in jumping athletes include patellofemoral pain and patellar tendinopathy. Differential diagnosis of AKP is challenging, with variation in clinical presentations. No previous research has used pain location to describe AKP in basketball athletes. Objectives: To describe the prevalence and pain distribu...
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In rugby league and rugby union, the ball carrier is vulnerable to injury during a tackle. The height of the tackle has been associated with injury risk. The extent to which a ball carrier may alter their approach entering a tackle in response the tackler’s body height is unknown. This exploratory study aimed to identify if, when and how, the ball...
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Background The tackle is the in-game activity carrying the greatest risk for concussion in Rugby. A recent evaluation of tackle characteristics in Rugby Union precipitated a rule modification to reduce head impact risk during tackles. This study aims to replicate the work conducted in Rugby Union by examining the association between tackle characte...
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Objective: To report point prevalence of anterior knee pain (AKP) in adolescent athletes by (1) maturation status, (2) chronological age, (3) sex, and (4) primary sport. Design: Cross-sectional. Methods: Male and female participants aged 11-15 years were recruited from specialised sports programs for basketball, volleyball, Australian Rules Fo...
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The tackle is the in-game activity with the greatest risk for injury in collision sports. Qualitative match analysis has associated injury risk with tackle technique (e.g. tackle height, head position before contact). This exploratory study used gold-standard three-dimensional (3D) motion capture to investigate whether prior instructions to a tackl...
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Objectives To identify if basketball players aged <20 years (U20) self-report hip and/or groin pain and if they perceive this as a problem. To determine potential differences in self-reported playing (training and match play) loads and Copenhagen Hip and Groin Outcome Score (HAGOS) between those with and without hip/groin pain. Design Cross-sectio...
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Background: Non-neutral postures during computerised device use coupled with increased usage may increase the risk of neck pain. Greater knowledge of postures that individuals with neck pain adopt during computerised device use is warranted. Objective: To evaluate neck and upper limb posture while using a tablet, laptop and desktop computer (sit...
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Background: An emerging method to measure muscle activation patterns is muscle functional magnetic resonance imaging (mfMRI), where pre- and post-exercise muscle metabolism differences indicate spatial muscle activation patterns. Objective: To evaluate studies employing mfMRI to determine activation patterns of lumbar or lower limb muscles followin...
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Objective The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between pain and movement kinematics during functional tasks, evaluated over time, in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain. Methods Ten participants with chronic idiopathic neck pain performed 2 functional tasks (overhead reach to the right and putting on a se...
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Fast bowling is categorised into four action types: side-on, front-on, semi-open and mixed; however, little biomechanical comparison exists between action types in junior fast bowlers. This study investigated whether there are significant differences between action-type mechanics in junior fast bowlers. Three-dimensional kinematic and kinetic analy...
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Objective To identify studies that report three-dimensional (3D) biomechanical analysis of jump-landing tasks in relation to athletes with current patellar tendinopathy (PT), and/or asymptomatic with history of PT or patellar tendon abnormality (PTA) on diagnostic imaging. Methods Five electronic databases were searched. Included articles were req...
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Patellar tendinopathy is a leading cause of morbidity in jump‐landing athletes. Landing mechanics are identified as a factor associated with PT and/or Patellar Tendon Abnormality. This study aimed to identify key jump‐landing variables associated with PT. Thirty‐six junior elite basketball players (men n=18, women n=18) were recruited from a Basket...
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Objectives: To describe the prevalence and pain location of self-reported patellar tendinopathy and patellar tendon abnormality in a male elite basketball population. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Pre-season tournament. Participants: Sixty male athletes from the Australian National Basketball League. Main outcome measures: Self-reporte...
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Background: Chronic neck pain is common, impacting a person's ability to complete functional tasks. One method of quantifying functional movement is three dimensional (3D) motion analysis, however, it is unknown whether it may detect alterations in movement kinematics in individuals with neck pain. Objective: To systematically review studies to...
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Determining the signal quality of surface electromyography (sEMG) recordings is time consuming and requires the judgement of trained observers. An automated procedure to evaluate sEMG quality would streamline data processing and reduce time demands. This paper compares the performance of two supervised and three unsupervised artificial neural netwo...
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According to the World Health Organisation, drowning fatalities are a neglected public health issue ranked as the third most frequent cause of unintentional death by injury. Data used to record drowning incidents are acknowledged as inaccurate. Recommendations on drowning prevention based on these data are currently not informed by accurate, detail...
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Background: Alternative methods of accessing the internet and performing computing-related work tasks are becoming common, e.g., using tablets or standing workstations. Few studies examine postural differences while using these alternative methods. Objective: To assess neck and upper limb kinematics while using a tablet, laptop and desktop compu...
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Usage of accelerometers within player tracking devices in sport to quantify load, vertical ground reaction force (vGRF) or energy expenditure is contrary to placement guidelines. This study aimed to determine whether trunk-mounted accelerometers were a valid and reliable method to estimate thoracic segment or centre of gravity (COG) acceleration or...
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Context: Movement screens are a common method of assessing movement efficiency either against a specific criterion of segments/joint(s) motion (segmental method), or a summary label of general quality of the whole movement (overall method). While not as commonly utilized within clinical practice as the segmental method, the overall method is less...
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Due to the high incidence of lumbar spine injury in fast bowlers, international cricket organisations advocate limits on workload for bowlers under 19 years of age in training/matches. The purpose of this study was to determine whether significant changes in either fast bowling technique or movement variability could be detected throughout a 10-ove...
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Objectives: This study aimed to explore the differences in the magnitude of movement variability and strategies utilized during an unanticipated cut task between players with and without a history of groin pain. Design: Cross-sectional design. Setting: Biomechanics laboratory. Particiants: Male Australian football players with (HISTORY; n =...
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This study aimed to explore how asymptomatic athletes with a patellar tendon abnormality (PTA), who are at high risk of developing patellar tendinopathy, alter their landing technique and net patellar tendon loads generated in response to fatigue. Seven asymptomatic players with a PTA performed five successful vertical stop-jump trials before and a...
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Agility is vital to success in team sport competition with the trunk argued to play a key role in sport performance. This study explored the role of trunk control during a reactive change-of-direction task (R-COD) and field-based measures of athletic performance. Twenty male players completed field-based athletic performance assessments (modified I...
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Drowning fatalities are one of the 10 leading causes of death in every region of the world for people aged 1 to 24 years, according to the World Health Organisation’s inaugural World Drowning Report. While the fatal drowning toll is significantly lower in high income countries (HICs), it is still a substantial issue that has not been remediated by...
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OBJECTIVES Modifying kayaking technique is a critical aspect for optimising performance in elite sprint kayakers [1]. A key technique characteristic that strongly influences performance is trunk motion [2]. Spinal manipulation (SM) increases joint range of motion and has the potential to affect joint movement patterns. However, it remains unknown i...
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Fatigue may contribute to knee joint injuries, such as patellar tendinopathy, by increasing joint loading and altering lower limb landing technique, which, in turn, may increase tissue loading. This study aimed to investigate the effect of lower limb muscle fatigue on the landing technique and patellar tendon loads generated during the horizontal a...
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Introduction: In order to develop a simple, valid and reliable kinematic movement screening tool, methods of assessment and measurement must be validated according to a criterion measure. Three-dimensional motion analysis is currently considered the criterion for lower limb motion analysis, although the setup is costly and impractical for coaches a...
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Purpose: Patellar tendon abnormality (PTA) on diagnostic imaging is part of the diagnostic criteria for patellar tendinopathy. PTA and altered landing strategies are primary risk factors that increase the likelihood of asymptomatic athletes developing patellar tendinopathy. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the risk factors that are...
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When investigating lower limb landing biomechanics, researchers often assume movement symmetry between a participant's right and left lower limbs for the simplicity of data collection and analysis, although landing tasks often involve dual-limb motion. However, whether lower limb symmetry can be assumed when investigating dynamic, sport-specific mo...
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Excessive extensor mechanism loading from repeated landing has been associated with overuse knee injuries, especially patellar tendinopathy. In order to reduce these loads, it is important to establish which landing task places the highest load on the patellar tendon. It was hypothesized that the horizontal landing would create higher patellar tend...
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Risk factors associated with a clinical presentation of patellar tendinopathy are patellar tendon ultrasonographic abnormality (PTA) and excessive loading. It remains unknown whether characteristics of an athlete's landing technique contribute to this excessive patellar tendon loading. This study investigated whether asymptomatic athletes with and...
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This study aimed to determine whether the landing phase of a drop landing (DL) differed with respect to a complete jumping and landing task, a spike jump (SJ), and whether fatigue altered the landing of these movements. Fourteen male volleyball players performed five DL and SJ in a counterbalanced order under two experimental conditions: non-fatigu...
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Asymptomatic athletes with patellar tendon ultrasonographic abnormalities (PTA) have been shown to display altered lower limb kinematics and kinetics during landings. Whether these altered biomechanics are accompanied by changes in muscle recruitment strategies and, in turn, increased patellar tendon loading remains unknown. This study aimed to ide...
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Although high patellar tendon forces caused by repetitive jumping have been established as a main risk factor for patellar tendinopathy, landing technique faults which contribute to high patellar tendon loading have not been systematically investigated. Therefore, this study aimed to identify what characteristics of an athlete's landing technique c...
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There is a high incidence of knee injuries in sports that involve excessive and repetitive loading of the body. It is these excessive and repetitive loads that have been identified as a primary risk factor in the development of the commonly occurring knee injury known as patellar tendinosis. It has been suggested that neuromuscular fatigue may inte...