Lecturer, Curtin University

Dr Sarah Stearne is a Biomechanist who recently completed her PhD and Bachelor of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at The University of Western Australia. Sarah’s PhD investigated the influence of the foot’s posture and structure on the mechanics and energetics of running. More specifically her thesis explored the mechanics of a forefoot versus a rearfoot strike running technique and the implication of switching, and how the arch of the foot acts as a passive-elastic spring to reduce the energy cost of running. Sarah worked for a few years at a commercial 3D gait clinic assisting runners of all levels to alter their running biomechanics to prevent injury and improve performance. She has supervised a number of Honours and Masters by coursework students in a series of running related research topics including; foot strike biomechanics, plantar fascia mechanics in running, the sound of foot strike and the effect of knee taping on running biomechanics. Sarah currently lectures in Biomechanics within both Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sports Science and coordinates the Exercise and Sports Science Honours program.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer , Curtin University

Education

  • 2016 
    The University of Western Australia, PhD Biomechanics
  • 2007 
    The University of Western Australia, BSc Exercise and Health Science

Publications

  • 2016
    Running quietly reduces ground reaction force and vertical loading rate and alters foot strike technique. , Journal of Sports Sciences
  • 2016
    The foot’s arch and the energetics of human locomotion. , Scientific Reports
  • 2016
    The role of arch compression and metatarsophalangeal joint dynamics in modulating plantar fascia strain in running. , PLoS ONE
  • 2014
    Joint kinetics in rearfoot vs. forefoot running: implications of switching technique., Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise