Associate Professor Wendy Gilleard BAppSc(UTS), MSc(Hons)(UOW), PhD(Syd) 

Dr Gilleard has lectured in biomechanics and statistics for 20 years and has a good track
record of collaborative research across a number of areas and professions including
exercise physiologists, doctors, statisticians and physiotherapists. She has used novel
statistical approaches to identify relationships between biological parameters leading to
a deeper understanding of relationship between discreet variables. She has a particular
research interest in the adaptations of human motion to increases in mass and dimension
such as that which occurs in pregnancy and with obesity. In total Dr Gilleard has made
over 125 contributions to the scientific literature, including 35 international refereed
journal articles. She has been successful with nationally competitive research grant
acquisition including Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation and
Australian Sports Commission as well as many university research grants. She is the
current Past President for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics. 

Journal articles


An investigation of surf participation and injury prevalence in Australian surfers: a self-reported retrospective analysis (with Rudi A. Meir, Shi Zhou, Margaret I. Rolfe, and Rosanne A. Coutts), New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine (2012)

Aim: To establish the prevalence and type of injuries sustained by Australian surfers in a...



Functional task limitations in obese adults, Current Obesity Reports (2012)

Obesity is characterized by increased dimensions and mass. Functional task limitations and changes in the...



Initial ball flight characteristics of curve and instep kicks in elite women's football (with Alison Alcock, Nicholas AT Brown, John Baker, and Adam Hunter), Journal of Applied Biomechanics (2012)

Initial ball flight characteristics of curve and instep kicks were investigated. Fifteen international female footballers...



Evidence for the impact of assessment on mood and motivation in first-year students (with Rosanne A. Coutts and Robert Baglin), Studies in Higher Education (2011)

Learning, and particularly assessment practices, that encourages a self-determined approach enhances feelings of well-being and...



Automatic recognition of gait patterns exhibiting patellofemoral pain syndrome using a Support Vector Machine approach (with Daniel TH Lai, Pazit Levinger, Razaul K. Begg, and M Palaniswami), . IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (2009)

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common disorder that afflicts people across all age groups,...


Conference presentations

Test-retest reliability of temporal and spatial gait characteristics at preferred walking velocity measured by Intelligent Device for Energy Expenditure and Activity (IDEEA) (with Fang Wang, Shi Zhou, Rosanne A. Coutts, and Yungsheng Chen), 8th Annual Conference of the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness (2009)

The purpose of this study was to determine the test-retest reliability of temporal and spatial...


Conference publications


Lifting capacity at 24 weeks of pregnancy: a case contrast between a women in a physically demanding job and one in a sedentary job (with N Buckley, Ev Innes, and K Davison), Ergonomics Australia - HFESA 2011 Conference (2011)

Background: Pregnant women are encouraged to maintain their pre-pregnancy physical activity levels, including their activities...



Detecting trunk motion changes due to pregnancy using pattern recognition techniques (with Daniel TH Lai, Pazit Levinger, and Rezaul K. Begg), Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2008. EMBS 2008. 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (2008)

There are anatomical changes during pregnancy due to the increased and altered mass distribution in...




An investigation of surf participation and injury prevalence in Australian surfers: a self-reported retrospective analysis (with Rudi A. Meir, Shi Zhou, and Rosanne A. Coutts), School of Health and Human Sciences (2011)