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Dr Sarah Ward

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
QualificationsBSc (Auckland) BPhty (Otago) PGDipSci Exercise Rehabilitation (Distn) (Auckland) PhD (Melbourne)
Research summaryACL Reconstruction outcomes, wearable technology, predictive models
Memberships
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • NZ Statistical Association
ClinicalPredicting 12-month ACLR Outcomes in NZ Study

Research

Dr Ward is an early career researcher and a Division of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow. She is a registered physiotherapist, completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Otago. Sarah completed her PhD in corticomotor and biomechanical dysfunction after ACL injury at the University of Melbourne, and went on to research fellow positions in medical device technology at the University of Auckland, and wearable devices and digital end points at University College Dublin.

At Otago she is continuing her research on understanding lower limb dysfunction after anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction, and investigating novel methods for quantitative patient assessment using wearable sensors.

Current project:
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Outcomes in New Zealand: A Prospective Study of Factors that Predict 12-month Outcomes

Additional details

Clinical consultant to OPUM Technologies

Publications

Wong, B., Ward, D., Gemmell, K., Bright, R., Blackman, R., Sole, G., & Ward, S. (2020). How is telehealth being utilized in the context of rehabilitation for lower limb musculoskeletal disorders: A scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832712

Johnson, A. P., Ward, S., & Simmonds, J. (2019). The Lower Limb Assessment Score: A valid measure of hypermobility in elite football? Physical Therapy in Sport, 37, 86-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.03.007

Ward, S. H., Perraton, L., Bennell, K., Pietrosimone, B., & Bryant, A. L. (2019). Deficits in quadriceps force control after anterior cruciate ligament injury: Potential central mechanisms. Journal of Athletic Training, 54(5), 505-512. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-414-17

Neilson, V., Ward, S., Hume, P., Lewis, G., & McDaid, A. (2019). Effects of augmented feedback on training jump landing tasks for ACL injury prevention: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Therapy in Sport, 39, 126-135. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.07.004

Wiedemann, L. G., Ward, S., Lim, E., Wilson, N. C., Hogan, A., Holobar, A., & McDaid, A. (2019). High-density electromyographic data during isometric contractions of the ankle joint in children with cerebral palsy pre and post BoNT-A treatment. Data in Brief, 24, 103840. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.103840

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, A. P., Ward, S., & Simmonds, J. (2019). The Lower Limb Assessment Score: A valid measure of hypermobility in elite football? Physical Therapy in Sport, 37, 86-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.03.007

Wiedemann, L. G., Ward, S., Lim, E., Wilson, N. C., Hogan, A., Holobar, A., & McDaid, A. (2019). High-density electromyographic data during isometric contractions of the ankle joint in children with cerebral palsy pre and post BoNT-A treatment. Data in Brief, 24, 103840. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.103840

Neilson, V., Ward, S., Hume, P., Lewis, G., & McDaid, A. (2019). Effects of augmented feedback on training jump landing tasks for ACL injury prevention: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Therapy in Sport, 39, 126-135. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.07.004

Ward, S. H., Perraton, L., Bennell, K., Pietrosimone, B., & Bryant, A. L. (2019). Deficits in quadriceps force control after anterior cruciate ligament injury: Potential central mechanisms. Journal of Athletic Training, 54(5), 505-512. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-414-17

Ward, S. H., Wiedemann, L., Stinear, J., Stinear, C., & McDaid, A. (2018). The effect of a novel gait retraining device on lower limb kinematics and muscle activation in healthy adults. Journal of Biomechanics, 77, 183-189. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.07.012

Ward, S. H., Blackburn, J. T., Padua, D. A., Stanley, L. E., Harkey, M. S., Luc-Harkey, B. A., & Pietrosimone, B. (2018). Quadriceps neuromuscular function and jump-landing sagittal-plane knee biomechanics after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of Athletic Training, 53(2), 135-143. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-306-16

Ward, S., Bryant, A. L., Pietrosimone, B., Bennell, K. L., Clark, R., & Pearce, A. J. (2016). Cortical motor representation of the rectus femoris does not differ between the left and right hemisphere. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 28, 46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2016.03.003

Ward, S. H., Pearce, A., Bennell, K. L., Pietrosimone, B., & Bryant, A. L. (2016). Quadriceps cortical adaptations in individuals with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Knee, 23, 582-587. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2016.04.001

Sullivan, S. J., Schneiders, A. G., Cheang, C.-W., Kitto, E., Lee, H., Redhead, J., Ward, S., Ahmed, O. H., & McCrory, P. R. (2012). 'What's happening?' A content analysis of concussion-related traffic on Twitter. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46(4), 258-263. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2010.080341

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Journal - Research Other

Wong, B., Ward, D., Gemmell, K., Bright, R., Blackman, R., Sole, G., & Ward, S. (2020). How is telehealth being utilized in the context of rehabilitation for lower limb musculoskeletal disorders: A scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832712

Ward, S., Pearce, A. J., Pietrosimone, B., Bennell, K., Clark, R., & Bryant, A. L. (2015). Neuromuscular deficits after peripheral joint injury: A neurophysiological hypothesis. Muscle & Nerve, 51, 327-332. doi: 10.1002/mus.24463

Stinear, C. M., Byblow, W. D., & Ward, S. H. (2014). An update on predicting motor recovery after stroke. Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 57, 489-498. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2014.08.006

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