World-winning hamstring study 

Published: Monday 16th November 2015

Marathon running champion, Robert de Castella, ACU's Ryan Timmins and Mark Doherty from ASICS Australia.

ACU PhD candidate Ryan Timmins from the School of Sports Science is still in shock after beating some of world’s top researchers for his paper on hamstring injuries in elite Australian soccer.

Ryan not only won Best Paper Overall at the Asics & Sports Medicine Australian (SMA) Conference, he also won the Best New Investigator in Exercise & Sports Science.

“The history of winners is a bit of a who's who in sport and exercise science and usually a bunch of professors.  Still very shocked I won,” he said.

Ryan’s research focused on identifying elite soccer players at risk of future hamstring injury, which involved screening athletes to predict their risk of injury and then monitoring injury during the season.

The SMA conference received well over 300 abstracts from all over the world, from which Ryan was shortlisted and subsequently won the ASICS Medal for the best paper at the entire conference.

The award once again highlights ACU’s excellence is sports science.

“Working with the sports and exercise science team at ACU is very enjoyable.  We have a really collegiate atmosphere where everyone is happy to help each other. It's a very nice place to be,” he said.

After completing his PhD Ryan said he hopes to continue working with Dr David Opar and developing a world-leading sports injury prevention centre in Melbourne.

“There's a bit more work to come, so hopefully we can continue to build on this good work,” he said.

Regarding future plans. "Ideally stay at ACU and continue with the research as well as contribute to everything going on within the School."