19 July 2010
Injury prevention study goes global
Dr Doyle’s international collaboration may provide valuable insight into understanding soft tissue injuries such as knee ligament ruptures. Image © istockphoto
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Sciences, Dr Tim Doyle, was one of 69 leading Australian scientists to be awarded an Australian Academy of Science grant. This will support the investigation of the effect of fatigue on injury risk.
The research, supported by the International Science Linkages-Science Academies Program, gives Australian public and private sector scientists the opportunity to collaborate with international partners on leading edge science and technology to contribute to Australia’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
Having joined the School of Medical Sciences this year, Dr Doyle’s collaboration with Dr Eric Dugan (Boise State University), Dr Jeff Reinbolt (University of Tennessee) and Dr Ajay Seth (Stanford University) will focus on the development of a musculoskeletal model to determine the effect of fatigue on injury risk.
Dr Doyle believes this research could greatly benefit our understanding of injury prevention.
“The aim of this work is to develop a model to help understand the neuromuscular changes that occur as a result of fatigue,” Dr Doyle said.
“With the use of innovative injury minimisation techniques, we will be able to predict the influence that fatigue has on injury risk and subsequently develop strategies to minimise this risk.”
The work may lead to significant advancements in the understanding of how to reduce the number of traumatic soft tissue injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, as well as influencing the flow-on effect of serious injuries, by reducing the financial and personal costs.