Dr. Sarah Ward

Dr Sarah Ward is a New Zealand and UK registered physiotherapist. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne investigating the role of the central nervous system in peripheral joint injuries (ACL injury specifically). Sarah has extensive clinical experience, and clinical research interests in altered biomechanics and neural reorganisation on lower limb function and athletic performance. Sarah was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Medical Devices and Technologies Group from July 2016 to January 2018 where she worked on the Re-Link Trainer project, a modified walking frame with a 4-bar linkage to retrain gait early post-stroke.

In January 2018, Sarah began a new role as a Lecturer in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Bath, and will continue to collaborate with the group on projects.

Selected Publications

Ward, Sarah, Lukas G. Wiedemann, Cathy M. Stinear, James Stinear and Andrew J. McDaid. The influence of the Re-Link Trainer on gait symmetry in healthy adults. 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) (2017): 276-282.

Ward, Sarah, Blackburn, J. T., Padua, D. A., Stanley, L.E., Harkey, M.S., Luc-Harkey, B.A., and Pietrosimone, B. Quadriceps Neuromuscular Function and Jump-Landing Sagittal-Plane Knee Biomechanics After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Journal of Athletic Training. 2018. 53:2135-143.7
Ward S, Pearce AJ, Pietrosimone B, et al. Neuromuscular deficits after peripheral joint injury: a neurophysiological hypothesis. Muscle Nerve. 2015;51(3):327–32.