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Dr. Crystal Kean

Head of Course / Senior Lecturer Exercise & Sport Sciences
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Mackay City
Bld. 3 - Rm. 2.13
About Me

Dr. Crystal Kean completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She obtained a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Trevor Birmingham in 2010. Her PhD work evaluated the effects of high tibial osteotomy surgery and resistance training on changes in biomechanical and neuromuscular factors as well as patient-reported outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Following completion of her PhD, Dr. Kean completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Melbourne, with Prof. Kim Bennell and A/Prof Rana Hinman. The primary focus of her post-doctoral fellowship was to evaluate the biomechanical effects of a novel shoe design on knee joint loading in individuals with and without knee osteoarthritis.

Dr Kean's primary research interest combines aspects of biomechanics, neuromuscular physiology, and clinical sciences to investigate biomechanical and neuromuscular mechanisms that underlie musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such that improved strategies for treatment of disease can be developed. In addition, her research interest spans to understand biomechanical and physiological factors that contribute to performance and injury in athletes.

Dr Kean also has a keen interest in increasing the participation of youth in STEM, particularly young girls, through biomechanics and sport. She regularly hosts events for National Biomechanics Day and is a founding member of the Biomechanics Research and Innovation Challenge (BRInC), a hands-on program that exposes girls to the creative, applied field of biomechanics and aims to inspire and raise participation of high school girls in STEM.

Universities Studied At

Doctor of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Science) - The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

Masters of Science (Kinesiology) - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Bachelor of Kinesiology, Co-operative Honours - Memorial University of Newfoundland

Universities Worked At

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


CIHR Graduate Fellow in Musculoskeletal Health Research (2009 – 2010)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2007 – 2010)

University of Western Ontario Graduate Research Scholarship (2005 – 2009)

Memorial University of Newfoundland Departmental Graduate Scholarship (2003 – 2005)

School of Human Kinetics and Recreation Director’s List, Memorial University of Newfoundland (2001 – 2003)

Professional Experience

Research, Teaching and Relevant Work Experience

January 2008 to September 2010
Gait Laboratory Kinesiologist, Thames Valley Children's Centre (London, Ontario, Canada)

September 2005 to September 2007
Research Assistant, Wolf Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada)

September 2005 to May 2007
Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada)

September 2003 to August 2005
Teaching Assistant/Sessional Instructor, School of Human Kinetics, Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada)

Professional Memberships

International Society of Biomechanics

International Society of Biomechanics in Sport

Australia New Zealand Society of Biomechanics

Sports Medicine Australia

Professional Interests

Broad research interest:

  1.  Understanding biomechanical and neuromuscular factors underlying musculoskeletal conditions.
  2. Developing and evaluating interventions intended to improve physical function in individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Quantifying and monitoring athlete training and performance
  4. Establishing measurement properties of laboratory and clinical outcome measures.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3202 Clinical Sciences
  • 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science
  • 4207 Sports science and exercise

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Velocity-based methods to monitor post-match neuromuscular fatigue in rugby league players
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Understanding the effects of therapeutic tape in individuals with lateral elbow tendinopathy.
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences - Orthopaedics

Medical And Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences - Physiotherapy

Medical And Health Sciences

Human Movement and Sports Science - Biomechanics

Medical And Health Sciences

Human Movement and Sports Science - Sports Medicine

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