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Research interests

Sheree joined the University of Bath as a Prize Research Fellow in 2018. Prior to that she was a PhD researcher at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), one of nine International Olympic Committee research centres, based at Federation University Australia. 

Research area: Injury prevention and safety promotion in sport settings

Member: Rugby Science at Bath group

Sport has the power to be a force for good in society, yet sport is not always a safe space for everyone.


Athletes should not only be safe, but must feel safe too.


Working at the intersection of social science and health, Sheree's research is informed by complexity theory, using primarily qualitative approaches. Her current research grounds the sporting experience in a human rights framework, and seeks to better understand and influence safeguarding in sport settings. This includes the prevention of all forms of harassment and abuse (non-accidental violence) in sport settings, particularly at the systemic level, across a range of populations and settings.

This work includes policy and procedure development, implementation, evaluation and validation, capacity building, accountability structures and monitoring processes, as well as directives linked to enforcement mechanisms.

Further, her research informs the theorising, conceptualising, development, and evaluation of interventions for injury prevention, primarily in sport settings, including their translation into real-world practice.

Sheree is also interested in academic development and connectivity.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Federation University

External positions

Researcher, Complex System Approach in Sport and Health group

2018 → …

Social Media Editor, The BMJ

2016 → …


  • Complexity
  • Injury Prevention
  • Safety Promotion
  • Safeguarding
  • Sport
  • Qualitative
  • Implementation
  • Knowledge Translation

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Research Output 2016 2018

6 Citations

Bringing complexity to sports injury prevention research: from simplification to explanation

Bekker, S. & Clark, A. M. Dec 2016 In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 50, 24, p. 1489-1490 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Too much information? A document analysis of sport safety resources from key organisations

Bekker, S. & Finch, C. F. 1 Jun 2016 In : BMJ Open. 6, 5, p. e010877

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations

The translation of sports injury prevention and safety promotion knowledge: insights from key intermediary organisations

Bekker, S., Paliadelis, P. & Finch, C. F. 28 Mar 2017 In : Health Research Policy and Systems. 15, 1, p. 25

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Athletic Injuries
Translational Medical Research

The fallacy of amelioration: Thinking through Knowledge Translation in sport and exercise medicine

Bekker, S., Paliadelis, P. & Finch, C. F. 17 Jul 2018 In : Translational Sports Medicine. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The efficacy of an iterative "sequence of prevention" approach to injury prevention by a multidisciplinary team in professional rugby union

Tee, J. C., Bekker, S., Collins, R., Klingbiel, J., van Rooyen, I., van Wyk, D., Till, K. & Jones, B. 1 Sep 2018 In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 9, p. 899-904 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wounds and Injuries
Professional Practice
Physical Therapists