Associate Professor, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Associate Professor Kevin Netto is the Director of Research at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.
His doctoral training is in biomechanics but he is also qualified as a mechanical engineer and a sports scientist.

Kevin leads the biomechanics teaching and learning at Curtin. He has experience coordinating undergraduate and postgraduate units in clinical and sports biomechanics, movement analysis and research methods. He supervises honours', Masters' and PhD students.

Kevin's work is focused on increasing safety at work and at play. He is interested in the effect stressors such as heat, cold, shock, vibration or movement restriction have on the musculoskeletal system.

He has investigated how military body armour alters performance, neck injuries sustained by RAAF fighter pilots and the health and wellbeing of Australian volunteer bushfire fighters. He is current supported by Safework Australia investigating occupational hazards encountered by farm owners and workers in South-Western Australia. He is also supported by different industry partners to:

Examine work fatigue experienced by manufacturing, cleaning and council workers
Understand body loads during adverse events in mining
Test running mechanics with load carriage
Measure and correlate in-field demand and trauma in team sport

Associate Professor Netto frequently advises local council, industry, media and government departments about the musculoskeletal demand of physically challenging work and sport to better facilitate a reduction in injury and an increase in productivity.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University