Helen Bayne holds a doctoral degree in sports biomechanics from the University of Western Australia. She has more than 20 years of experience in sports coaching, injury rehabilitation, applied sport science, research, and education. She has worked with national and international sports organizations and elite athletes in various sports, with a particular focus on cricket, gymnastics, rowing, and athletics. Helen integrates applied sport science work with her academic research. Her work encompasses the measurement and analysis of motion and the development of physical capacity and movement patterns to enhance athletic performance and reduce injury risk.
Helen is the founding chairperson of the South African Society of Biomechanics and a fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport.
Articles by Helen Bayne
in Anatomy, Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance, Speed development, Tools and technology
Change of direction is vital for athletic performance. However, the high injury risk requires athletes to have the appropriate technical and physical capacities. Helen Bayne discusses the demands of direction changes in sports and identifies key movement patterns for practitioners to address during lower limb injury prevention and rehabilitation. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London... MORE
in Agility, Flexibility, Improve, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Speed development, Strength, Tools and technology
The role of deceleration on injury etiology and prevention continues to gather the attention of sports medicine practitioners. Understanding the deceleration demands of sport is essential in ensuring optimal prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Helen Bayne uncovers the assessment of deceleration and provides practical tools for practitioners to improve the management of athletes. Deceleration is... MORE
in Improve, Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Speed development, Strength, Tools and technology
Acceleration is the foundation of sports performance – the quicker, the better. However, injury severely impacts acceleration, and its restoration is essential to ensuring optimal performance. Helen Bayne discusses how practitioners can optimize rehabilitation to include acceleration as a critical component to athlete rehabilitation. The ability to rapidly increase running speed is a critical component... MORE
in Power development, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance, Speed development
Assessing the countermovement jump provides clinicians insight into the tissue capacity during rehabilitation and may guide decision-making. In part one, Helen Bayne discussed force plates, their use, and applicability within the clinical rehabilitation context. In part two, Helen uncovers how to assess asymmetry and interpret the testing results to improve return to sport decision-making. Minnesota... MORE
in Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Proprioception and balance, Strength, Tools and technology
Clinicians must understand the sport’s demands when developing rehabilitation programs for athletes. In this series, Helen Bayne will discuss the foundational biomechanical aspects of sports and provide guidance to ensure that rehabilitation meets those demands and reduces the chance of re-injury. In part one, Helen discusses force plates, their use, and applicability within the clinical... MORE