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Professor Dara Twomey

Dean, School of Science, Psychology and Sport

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Section/Portfolio:

School Leadership

Location:

Mt Helen Campus, Online

Biography

Professor Dara Twomey is a biomechanist with a current research focus on sports injury prevention and the link between sport surfaces and injury risk. Dr Twomey has extensive experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of sports injury prevention interventions.

Since leading the development of standards for the use of artificial turf for various sports, Dara’s work now centres on increasing an understanding of player-surface interactions to reduce injury risk, improving the lack of biofidelity of the testing equipment, and extending knowledge of the impact of climatic conditions on participation on different playing surfaces.

Dara has extensive experience working with industry, has chaired national level conferences, and is a regular invited speaker at conferences and symposia. Her outstanding contribution to the industry was recognised when inducted as a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia in 2019.

Sport and leisure activities in the heat: What safety resources exist?

Objectives: To conduct a document analysis of sports and leisure activity heat-related injury...

A decade of head, neck and facial cricket injury hospitalisations in Victoria, Australia: From 2007/08 to 2016/17

Objectives: To present an epidemiological profile of hospital-treated head, neck and facial...

Abrasion injuries on artificial turf: A systematic review

Objectives: To review the incidence of abrasion injuries sustained on artificial turf playing...

Are patients with concussion getting optimal discharge advice at a regional emergency department?

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Evaluating mild traumatic brain injury management at a regional emergency department

Background Emergency departments (EDs) are usually the first point of contact, and often the only...

Hospital-Treated Snow Sport Injury in Victoria, Australia: A Summary of 2003-2012

Introduction: To determine the incidence rate and changes over time for ice and snow sports...

Cricket spin bowling remains in its biomechanical infancy

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Abrasion testing on synthetic turf: A modified device

Despite the improved quality of synthetic turf surfaces, players are still expressing their...

Ensuring Natural Grass Sports Fields Are Safe for Athlete Participation: A Risk-Assessment Process for Assessing Field Conditions Before Sports Activity

Public safety is critical to the provision of sports fields and is dependent on maintaining...

Moderating surface hardness and rotational traction of natural turf community-level football fields in drought

Excessive surface hardness and high rotational traction are two factors linked to non-contact...

Preventing Australian football injuries with a targeted neuromuscular control exercise programme: comparative injury rates from a training intervention delivered in a clustered randomised controlled trial

Background Exercise-based training programmes are commonly used to prevent sports injuries but...

Selection and Management of Sports Grounds: Does Surface Heat Matter?

Little evidence exists on the surface temperatures experienced on third generation (3G)...

Comparison of surface temperatures of different synthetic turf systems and natural grass: Have advances in synthetic turf technology made a difference

Few studies have considered surface temperatures on the most recent synthetic turf products, and...

Concussion in community Australian football - epidemiological monitoring of the causes and immediate impact on play

BACKGROUND: Head injuries, particularly concussion, are a major cause of concern in many sports,...

Abrasion injuries on artificial turf: A real risk or not?

ACCELERATION, CHANGE OF DIRECTION SPEED AND AGILITY PROFILE OF ADULT COMMUNITY LEVEL AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS

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Coding OSICS sports injury diagnoses in epidemiological studies: does the background of the coder matter?

Objective To compare Orchard Sports Injury Classification System (OSICS-10) sports medicine...

Ground condition as a risk factor in sports injury aetiology studies: the level of concordance between objective and subjective measures

BACKGROUND: It is well known that the condition and type of sporting ground influences the risk...

One, two, three or four: Does the number of Clegg hammer drops alter ground hardness readings on natural grass?

The Clegg hammer is currently used to measure hardness of natural turf surfaces to inform...

Rotational traction testing: How can we improve the current test device?

The reach and adoption of a coach-led exercise training programme in community football

Objective To determine the reach and adoption of a coach-led exercise training programme for...

Understanding how the components of a synthetic turf system contribute to increased surface temperature

What do community football players think about different exercise-training programmes? Implications for the delivery of lower limb injury prevention programmes

Background Players are the targeted end-users and beneficiaries of exercise-training programmes...

Knowledge outcomes and retention of a university-based falls prevention education program (UniFPEP)

Aim: This paper reports the evaluation of a new evidence-based university curriculum aimed at...

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Peak torque and rotational stiffness of Bermudagrass, perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue

  • Conference Proceedings

Priorities for Investment in Injury Prevention in Community Australian Football

Objective:High-quality sport-specific information about the nature, type, cause, and frequency of...

The biomechanical basis of injury during childhood

The effect of stud configuration on rotational traction using the studded boot apparatus

Due to its associated injury risk, rotational traction is a frequently measured natural turf...

The relationship between ground conditions and injury: What level of evidence do we have?

Objectives: To identify studies which address the relationship between ground conditions and...

Ground hardness and injury in community level Australian football

Objectives: To describe the risk and details of injuries associated with ground hardness in...

Injury risk associated with ground hardness in junior cricket

Objectives: To establish if there is an association between ground hardness and injury risk in...

The effects of low arched feet on lower limb gait kinematics in children

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.BACKGROUND: The effects of foot posture on the...

Challenges in the development of standards for synthetic turf for Australian football and cricket

Given the escalating drought conditions in Australia, synthetic surfaces have recently been...

Clegg Hammer Measures and Human External Landing Forces: Is There A Relationship?

Ground hardness is deemed an important consideration for player safety for sports played...

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Implementing an exercise-training programme to prevent lower-limb injuries: considerations for the development of a randomised controlled trial intervention delivery plan

Objective To identify important considerations for the delivery of an exercise training...

Level of agreement between field-based data collectors in a large scale injury prevention randomised controlled trial

In sports injury prevention field trials, data collectors are often club volunteers with...

Reliability of equipment for measuring the ground hardness and traction

The aim of this paper is to report the inter-rater reliabilities and intra-rater reliabilities of...

The effects of testing procedure on critical fall height determination for third-generation synthetic turf

Test procedures and their accuracy in determining critical fall height (CFH) on sporting grounds...

Challenges in the development of criteria for synthetic turf for Australian football and cricket

  • Conference Proceedings

Fielders and batters are injured too: A prospective cohort study of injuries in junior club cricket

Internationally, there is a lack of good quality, prospectively collected injury data reported...

Kinematic differences between normal and low arched feet in children using the Heidelberg foot measurement method

The purpose of this study was to investigate the kinematics of normal arched and low arched feet...

Preventing lower limb injuries: Is the latest evidence being translated into the football field?