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Miss Sara Horne
Research Fellow - Biomechanics

Research area(s)

Sara has been involved in a wealth of research projects with the Biomechanics and wider Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences research teams. She has a particular interest in the biomechanics of sports injuries.

Sara is affiliated to the Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER).

Research Interests

Sara has a particular interest in identifying the risk factors and mechanisms which cause injury in sport. A greater understanding of these factors can enable better prediction of injuries and inform more appropriate injury prevention strategies. She is also interested in the use of video-based methods to more accurately assess injury causation across a range of sports.

She has been a Co-Investigator on 6 Football Association funded research projects assessing injury risk in mixed gender football at various age levels. This research has subsequently informed FA policy on mixed gender participation age limits.

Sara is currently conducting PhD research which aims to identify the risk factors and mechanisms of injury in elite Netball in the UK. This project is being conducted in collaboration with England Netball assessing injuries in the Vitality Netball Superleague competition.

Sara was also a Co-Investigator on a UEFA funded project assessing the risks and benefits of youth football players taking creatine supplementation.

Research grants and projects

Research Projects


Injury Risk in Mixed Gender Football U17 -U19
Funder: Football Association
Duration: September 2015 - February 2017
FA Mixed Gender Injury Risk Assessment U15 and U16
Funder: Football Association (FA)
Duration: August 2014 - January 2015

An assessment of the risk of injury in u15 and u16 mixed gender football

Risks versus benefits: should youth football players be encouraged to take creatine?
Funder: UEFA
Duration: July 2014 - March 2015

An investigation of the benefits of taking 8 weeks of creatine monohydrate food supplement on field-based and match performance against the risks to respiratory health markers.

Injury risk in U15 mixed gender football
Funder: Football Association (FA)
Duration: September 2013 - April 2014