James Furness, a PhD graduate at Bond University with a background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and research in water based sports. His PhD is specific to the sport of surfing with his thesis on: Musculoskeletal and Physiological Profile of Elite and Recreational Surfers: Injuries and Sports Specific Screening with the focus on Injury Epidemiology, Development of a Surf Specific screen and Profiling of recreational and competitive surfers. He is the lead researcher within Water-based Research Unit at Bond University investigating the musculoskeletal and physiological adaptations in the sport of surfing. He also established a national collaboration with Surfing Australia and an international collaboration with universities within New Zealand and the USA.
His current research projects;
- Understanding the effects of surfing on hydration status
- Injury epidemiology in the sport of surfing within New Zealand
- Musculoskeletal screening techniques for the shoulder and hip in surfing population
- Using Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) to profile Bone Health and Body Composition in a Surfing Population