Hannah Wyatt

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Research Fellow

Email: hannah.wyatt@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2339-233X

Academic appointments:

  • Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)


  • PhD, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • BSc, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff


Hannah completed her PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2016, with her thesis titled “Physical Development Contributions to Biomechanical Injury Risk in Female Gymnasts”. Her primary research interests that were developed through her PhD study included in the interplay between growth, overuse injury potential and sport specialization.

During her appointment as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Massachusetts, USA (UMass), Hannah's research interests extended to include the coordination and control of human movement and lower-limb gait biomechanics. Hannah's research during her time at UMass included working with industry partners to investigate the potential for personalisation of footwear, sidestepping mechanics and coordination variability during locomotion.

In November 2019, Hannah took up a position as a Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology. Hannah works with the Sports Performance Research Institute, New Zealand and Clinical Sciences and leads a number of projects which investigate injury prevention queries posed by coaches and community organisations. Hannah is additionally involved with ongoing international research collaborations investigating control strategies of gymnasts performing hand balancing skills using non-linear dynamics analyses, the influence of musculoskeletal growth on mechanisms of overuse spinal injury, whole-body mechanics during gait and lower-limb biomechanics during bend running.

Research interests:

Biomechanics, musculoskeletal growth, dynamical systems analysis, overuse injury prevention and 3D gait analysis

Teaching summary:

Following work as an associate lecturer, Hannah became interim Sports Biomechanics module leader at Cardiff Metropolitan University upon completion of PhD. Her teaching areas include sport and exercise biomechanics, anatomy and the quantitative research process.

Fields of research:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Biomechanics

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Board member, International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (2020 - ongoing)
  • Member, International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (2015 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Developing researcher mobility grant, International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (2019)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Reviewer, Journal of Sports Sciences (2020 - ongoing)
  • Reviewer, International Conferences on Biomechanics in Sports (2017 - ongoing)
  • Reviewer, 6th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support (2017 - ongoing)

    Research outputs:

    Journal articles

    • Wyatt, H. E., Gittoes, M. J. R., & Irwin, G. (2020). Sport-specific musculoskeletal growth and postural control in female artistic gymnasts: A 12 month cohort study. Sports Biomechanics, 19(2), 258-270. doi:10.1080/14763141.2018.1469662

    • Weir, G., Willwacher, S., Trudeau, M. B., Wyatt, H., & Hamill, J. (2020). The influence of prolonged running and footwear on lower extremity joint stiffness. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000002416

    • Wyatt, H., Weir, G., van Emmerik, R., Jewell, C., & Hamill, J. (2019). Whole-body control of anticipated and unanticipated sidestep manoeuvres in female and male team sport athletes.. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(19), 2263-2269. doi:10.1080/02640414.2019.1627982

    • Weir, G., Jewell, C., Wyatt, H., Trudeau, M. B., Rohr, E., Brüggemann, G. P., & Hamill, J. (2019). The influence of prolonged running and footwear on lower extremity biomechanics. Footwear Science, 11(1), 1-11. doi:10.1080/19424280.2018.1539127

    • Weir, G., Stillman, M., van Emmerik, R., Wyatt, H., Jewell, C., & Hamill, J. (2019). Differences in kinetics, kinematics and muscle activation strategies in male and female team sport athletes during unanticipated sidestepping. Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise, 1(2), 159-167. doi:10.1007/s42978-019-0019-2

    • Weir, G., Wyatt, H., Van Emmerik, R., Trudeau, M. B., Willwacher, S., Brüggemann, G. -P., & Hamill, J. (2019). Influence of neutral and stability athletic footwear on lower extremity coordination variability during a prolonged treadmill run in male rearfoot runners.. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-7. doi:10.1080/17461391.2019.1670867

    • Wyatt, H. E., Jewell, C., Weir, G., Boyer, K. A., & Hamill, J. (2018). Lower-limb coordination responses to knee bracing in females with anterior knee pain. Sports Injuries & Medicine, 2(2). doi:10.29011/2576-9596/100039


    • Wyatt, H. (2015). Physical Development Contributions to Biomechanical Injury Risk in Female Gymnasts. (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, UK). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10369/7851

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