Dr Sara Brice is an academic within the College of Science and Engineering Physical Sciences Group. Dr Brice's expertise is in the field of Human Biomechanics, specifically Sports Biomechanics.

Dr Brice has extensive experience working with elite athletes and coaches. Prior to commencing at JCU Dr Brice was a member of the Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Discipline at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). During her time at AIS Dr Brice worked extensively with athletes and coaches within the AIS Athletics, Basketball, Triathlon, and Winter Sport programs.

Dr Brice is an Mid-Career Researcher who completed her PhD in the area of Sports Biomechanics. Her PhD focused on examining how athletes could improve performance in the hammer throw. She continues to carry out research examining how athletes can prevent injury and improve performance within a number of sporting disciplines. Dr Brice also has interest in the area of pedagogical practices specifically examining ways to improve the quantitative literacy of allied health students.

Current Research Projects

  • Collaboration with NSW Institute of Sport, QLD Academy of Sport, VIC Institute of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport, and Rowing Australia examining the use of IMUs in elite sport.
  • Loading and mechanical function in squatting.
  • Impact of footwear on squatting dynamics and performance
  • Biomechanical determinants of performance in hammer throwing.

Post-Graduate and Honours enquiries

Please contact Dr Brice if you are interested in undertaking Post-Graduate or Honours study the following areas:

  • Using IMUs to examine in-field performance in elite sport.
  • Using IMUs to monitor training load.
  • Mechanics of the hammer throw.
  • Biomechanics in Strength and Conditioning.
  • Running and fatigue
  • Running dynamics following the ride in triathlon
  • PH1001: Preparatory Physics (Level 1; TSV)
  • PH3024: Human Biomechanics 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • SP3018: Advanced Biomechanics (Level 3; TSV)
  • Promoting women in STEM
  • Biomechanics of throwing disciplines.
  • Movement analysis.
  • Direct measurement and feedback methods within sporting disciplines.
  • Biomechanics in strength and conditioning.
  • Developing the maths skills of allied health students.
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer in Physical Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2020 to present - Physics Major Coordinator, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 to 2021 - Lecturer in Physical Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Manager Movement Analysis Laboratory, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2007 to 2010 - PhD Scholar, Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra)
  • 2004 to 2007 - Post-Graduate Scholar, Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning awarded to Sara Brice and John Daicopoulos. For using innovative online learning activities and resources to increase the mathematical confidence and skills of preparatory physics students.
  • 2007 - James Cook University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology distinguished student prize
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • Editorial Board of Sports Biomechanics
  • International Women in Biomechanics (IWB) group
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
  • International Society of Biomechanics in Sport
  • 2018 - James Cook University, College of Science and Engineering, EMCR Funding Scheme recipient
  • 2017 - James Cook University, College of Science and Engineering, End-User Research Facilitation Grant recipient
  • 2016 to 2017 - James Cook University, Learning and Teaching Grant recipient

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Sara Brice from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Bionics Queensland Ltd - Bionic Queensland Challenge

Combat apathy in traumatic brain injury patients

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 2 years
Clinicians often mention apathy as the cause for decreased treatment progression for Traumatic Brain Injury patients. TBI patients with apathy symptoms are less motivated to engage continuously in their therapy schedule. Constant monitoring of patient engagement can help clinicians better measure patient progress and personalise the treatment accordingly. However, current clinical measurements of apathy cannot provide clinicians with continuous feedback. This project offers a novel continuous comprehensive measure of apathy feedback to assist clinicians with assessing and improving patient recovery. This apathy measure will combine traditional clinical measures of apathy with neurophysiological data collected from a virtual reality exoskeleton device.
Shou-Han Zhou, Liza van Eijk, Sara Brice, Jonathan Connor, Kenji Doma, Shareef Omer and Blair Hunt (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Science & Engineering, Townsville University Hospital and Smart Solutions Rehab Group)
Apathy; Virtual Reality; Exoskeleton; Traumatic Brain Injury

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Biomechanical determinants of pre-planned and unplanned change of direction performance: Implications for acute interventions (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The impact of variable resistance on movement during the barbell back squat (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Centre of mass accelerations related to running performance and prospective study on running injuries (2020, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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