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Sarah Breen

Pronouns : they/them

Assistant Professor


Postgraduate Certificate, Academic Practice, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

Ph.D., 2012, Biomechanics, University of Limerick, Ireland

B.Sc., 2008, Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland


I enjoy placing time into a variety of service roles with several international societies. I served as Vice President, (Publications) for ISBS from 2014-2021 and support the Black Biomechanists Association (Communications and Funding Sub Committees), the International Women in Biomechanics Group (Communications Subcommittee) and the Advancing Women in Biomechanics Group.


My primary area of research expertise is biomechanics, and my research focuses on measuring human motion, with a specific focus on injury and clinical rehabilitation. I have also developed expertise in the scholarship of technology enhanced learning, hosting several international workshops on online instruction in higher education. I am not accepting PhD students at this time.


Bell E, Seymore K, Breen S, McCullough M. Empowering Black Scientists in STEM: Early Success of the Black Biomechanists Association. Biomed Eng Educ. (2022) Jul 13:1-9. https://10.1007/s43683-022-00078-z

Breen S, Knudson D. International survey of faculty teaching undergraduate introductory biomechanics. Sports Biomech. (2022) Aug 22:1-14. https://10.1080/14763141.2022.2110933

Bayne H, Albertus Y, Breen S, Green A, de Andrade AG, Kramer M, Carpes FP. Biomechanics without Borders: Teaching Biomechanics in Brazil and South Africa. Adv Physiol Educ. (2021) Mar 1;45(1):34-36.

O Sullivan IJ, Johnson MI, Hind K, Breen S, Francis P. Are changes in running economy associated with changes in performance in runners? A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Sports Sci. (2019) Jul;37(13):1521-1533. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1575177

Clarke S.B., Deighton K, Newman C, Nicholson G, Gallagher L, Boos CJ, et al. Changes in balance and joint position sense during a 12-day high altitude trek: The British Services Dhaulagiri medical research expedition. PLoS ONE (2018) 13(1): e0190919.

Francis, P., Ledingham, J., Clarke, S. B., Collins, D. J., and Jakeman, P., ‘A Comparison of Stride Length and Lower Extremity Kinematics during Barefoot and Shod Running in Well Trained Distance Runners.’ Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. (2016) 15(3), 417-423. [available here]

Clarke, S. B., Kenny, I. C., & Harrison, A. J. (2015). Dynamic knee joint mechanics after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 47(1), 120-127.

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