Dr Chris Whatman

Chris Whatman WEB

Senior Lecturer, Discipline Leader Sport and Exercise Science, Leader Sports Injury Prevention Research Group (SPRINZ)

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 x 7037

Email: chris.whatman@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AH221S, AUT North
SA208a, AUT Millennium


Links to relevant web pages:
Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand

Qualifications:

PhD, MAppSc (Sports Physiotherapy) (Australia), AdvDip (Sports Physiotherapy) (Australia), DipPhys (Auckland), CertTert Teaching (Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Leader Sports Injury Prevention group, Sports Performance Research Institute NZ (SPRINZ)
  • Education Committee Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • National Executive Member, Sports Medicine New Zealand
  • Associate Editor, New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine
  • International Advisory Board, Physical Therapy in Sport

 

 

Biography:

Chris originally qualified as a physiotherapist and worked in private practice and with various sports teams for over 10 years prior to becoming an academic. He gained his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 1995 and his PhD from Auckland University of Technology in 2012. Chris is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Sport and Recreation and a member of the Sports Performance Research Institute NZ where he leads the Sport Injury Prevention group. His research interests are centred on the prevention of lower extremity injuries with a focus on overuse injuries in youth athletes and functional movement screening. Chris has several journal publications in these areas, he is the associate editor of the New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine and is on the international advisory board for Physical Therapy in Sport. Chris maintains his links to industry as a consultant to the AUT Running Mechanics Clinic and he is also on the national executive of Sports Medicine New Zealand.

Teaching Areas:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Movement Studies
  • Personal Training (injury prevention)

Research Areas:

    •    Sports injury prevention in youth athletes
    •    Prevention of lower extremity injuries
    •    Cumulative knee load in athletes
    •    Functional movement screening in athletes
    •    Visual rating of functional screening tests in athletes

Current Research Projects:

  • The effect of ankle bracing and range of motion on landing biomechanics in young netballers.
  • The quantification of cumulative knee load using inertial sensors in basketballers.
  • The acute effects of eccentric hamstring exercise on indicators of hamstring muscle damage
  • Measurements of lower-limb stiffness and the relationships to performance in well-trained middle- distance runners
  • The effect of a modified Fifa 11+ programme on strength, deceleration performance and/or movement competency in youth netballers
  • Coach and player attitudes to injury in youth sport

Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (selection previous five years):

  • Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2015). The reliability and validity of visual rating of dynamic alignment during lower extremity functional screening tests: a review of the literature. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(3), 210.
  • Mckenzie, C. R., Brughelli, M., Whatman, C., & Brown, S. R. (2015). The influence of optimal handheld load on the technical ability to apply ground reaction forces during horizontal jumping in female netball players. International Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • Mason-Mackay, A., Whatman, C., Reid, D., & Lorimer, A. (2015). The Effect of Ankle Bracing on Landing Biomechanics in Female Netballers. Physical Therapy in Sport.
  • Mason-Mackay, A. R., Whatman, C., & Reid, D. (2015). The effect of ankle bracing on lower extremity biomechanics during landing: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
  • Weiss, K., & Whatman, C. (2015). Biomechanics associated with patellofemoral pain and ACL injuries in sports. Sports Medicine, 45(9), 1325-1337.
  • Mason-Mackay, A. R., Whatman, C., & Reid, D. (2015). The effect of reduced ankle dorsiflexion on lower extremity mechanics during landing: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
  • Whatman, C. S. (2014). [Editorial] Are we promoting the right attitude to injury in sport? New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(1), 4.
  • Bowerman, E., Whatman, C., Harris, N., Bradshaw, E., & Karin, J. (2014). Are maturation, growth and lower extremity alignment associated with overuse injury in elite adolescent ballet dancers? Physical Therapy in Sport, 15(4), 234-241.
  • Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2013). Kinematics during lower extremity functional screening tests in young athletes - Are they reliable and valid? Physical Therapy in Sport, 14(2), 87-93.
  • Whatman, C., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2013). The reliability and validity of physiotherapist visual rating of dynamic pelvis and knee alignment in young athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, 14(3), 168-174.
  • Whatman, C. S., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2012). Can 2D video be used to screen dynamic lower extremity alignment in young athletes? New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(2), 43-47.
  • Sheerin, K. R., Hume, P. A., & Whatman, C. (2012). Effects of a lower limb functional exercise programme aimed at minimising knee valgus angle on running kinematics in youth athletes. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(4), 250-254.
  • Whatman, C., Hing, W., & Hume, P. (2012). Physiotherapist agreement when visually rating movement quality during lower extremity functional screening tests. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(2), 87-96.
  • Williams, S., Whatman, C., Hume, P. A., & Sheerin, K. (2012). Kinesio taping in treatment and prevention of sports injuries: A meta-analysis of the evidence for its effectiveness. Sports Medicine, 42(2), 153-164.

Conference Presentations (previous five years)

  • Whatman, C., Walters, S., & Schluter, P. (2015). She'll be right! Toughen up! Time to examine attitude to injury in youth sport? In New Zealand Sports Medicine Conference. Christchurch.
  • Whatman, C., & Reid, D. A. (2014). Secondary school netballers; are they moving to the right beat? In NZ Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(2), 80-80. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Whatman, C. S., Bowerman, E., Harris, N., Bradshaw, E., & Karin, J. (2014). Are maturation, growth and lower extremity alignment associated with overuse injury in elite adolescent ballet dancers? In Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Canberra, Australia.
  • Whatman, C. S., & Salesa, J. (2013). The use of handheld dynamometers in High Performance Sport NZ. In Sports Medicine New Zealand & Australasian College of Sports Physicians Conference 2013. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Whatman, C. S., Hume, P., & Hing, W. (2012). Are pelvis and lower extremity joint angles during clinical functional tests related to angles during more dynamic running and drop jump tasks? In 30th International Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS) 2012. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Sheerin, K. R., Williams, S., Hume, P., Whatman, C., & Gleave, J. (2012). Effects of gymnastics training on physical function on children. In 30th International Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS) 2012. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Whatman, C. S., Hume, P. A., & Hing, W. (2012). Visual rating of dynamic pelvis and knee alignment in young athletes - can you believe what you see? In New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine 39(2) (pp. 76). Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Whatman, C., Hume, P. A., & Sheerin, K. (2010). Kinesio taping – what evidence is there for its effectiveness for sports injuries? In The New Zealand Conference of Medicine and Science in Sport. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Sheerin, K., Whatman, C., Hume, P. A., & Croft, J. (2010). Reliability of 3D gait kinematics in treadmill running in healthy young athletes. In The International Society of Biomechanics in Sports 2010 Congress. Marquette, U.S.A.

Reports for External Bodies (recent selection only):

  • Whatman, C. S. (2014). Movement screening in secondary school netball: Technical report to Netball New Zealand: Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.
  • Williams, S. D., Gleave, J., Hume, P. A., Bradshaw, E., Batchelor, E., Lyn, G., Sheerin, K. (2011). Effects of Gymnastics Training on Physical Function in Children:  Technical Report for North Harbour Gymnastics. Auckland: Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.
  • Williams, S. D., Gleave, J., Hume, P. A., Bradshaw, E., Batchelor, E., Lyn, G., Sheerin, K. (2011). Effects of Gymnastics Training on Physical Function in Children:  Technical Report for North Harbour Gymnastics. Auckland: Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.
  • Sheerin, K., Hume, P. A., & Whatman, C. (2010). New Zealand running survey. Auckland: Clinic for Running Mechanics, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.
  • Sheerin, K. R., Hume, P. A., Whatman, C., & Croft, J. (2010). Relationship of hip strength to running mechanics in children aged 9 to 14 years. Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology.

Last updated: 30-Mar-2016 1.53pm

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