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About Ben Schram

PhD (Bond University)
Doctor of Physiotherapy (Bond University)
Bachelor of Exercise Science (Griffith University)

As a member of both the Water Based Research Unit and Tactical Research Unit, I have research interests in both recreational surfing and stand up paddle boarding and military injury prevention and performance. Having come from a Strength and Conditioning background and a life time in the water on a surfboard and a SUP has led to the current body of research in surfing injury prevention and screening, SUP performance and interventions, an area I completed my PhD in. Undertaking officer training with the Australian Army Reserve has allowed a unique insight into the complex demands of the tactical operator, facilitating a greater understanding of our current body of tactical research.

As a lead researcher in the Water Based Research Unit our area of focus is currently injury prevention and screening for the recreational surfer, performance analysis of elite SUP competition, motion analysis of the SUP stroke and using SUP as a health and fitness intervention. Current Tactical Research Unit projects include analysing Army Reserve injuries, injuries due to sport participation in the Australian Army, analysing injuries and incidents in the Army as a whole and highlighting the incidence of Serious Personal Injuries in the Army as a whole. Current Doctor of Physio student projects include * Establishing normative data for the combined elevation test in high school students * Musculoskeletal screening techniques for the shoulder and hip in surfing population * Using Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) to profile Bone Health and Body Composition in a Surfing Population * Can smart devices and human movement apps be used to measure range of motion in clinical practice. * A biomechanical analysis of the SUP paddle stroke.


Present Associate Professor, Bond University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • • Abstract presentation – World Confederation of Physical Therapists Congress – Singapore 2015
  • • Service Award – Doctor of Physiotherapy 2012
  • • Head of Program Award – Doctor of Physiotherapy Cohort of 2010-2012


  • • PHTY 91-410 Principles of Physiotherapy
  • • PHTY 91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
  • • PHTY 91-409 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • • PHTY 92-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II
  • • PHTY 93-415 Maximising Human Potential


2012 - 2015 PhD, Bond University ‐ Faculty of Health, Science and Medicine
2010 - 2012 Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University ‐ Faculty of Health, Science and Medicine
2011 - 2011 Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Certificate, ASCA
2005 - 2007 Bachelor of Exercise Science, Griffith University ‐ Faculty of Health
2006 - 2006 Level 1 Sports Trainer, ASCA
2005 - 2006 Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, Queensland Academy of Fitness

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