Bruce Elliott, AM

Emeritus Professor, MEd PhD W.Aust., DipPE Syd. TC, FACHPER, FASMF, FAIBiol, FISBS, FAAKPE

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Bruce C. Elliott AM is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, and former Head of School at The University of Western Australia. He has a keen interest in performance optimisation and injury reduction in sport, having published 450 refereed articles, conference proceedings, and books, as well as supervising 100 graduate students to completion of their theses on these topics. A Fellow of a number of professional societies, he is also one of a select few International Fellows of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Professor Elliott is a much sought-after international speaker on the application of biomechanics to sport. He was the keynote invited speaker at both the inaugural World Congress of Science and Racket Sports (England, 1993) and the inaugural conference on Science and Medicine in Cricket (England, 1999). He has been honoured by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) through the invitation to deliver their two distinguished Memorial Keynote Lectures: the Geoffrey Dyson Lecture and the David Waddell Lecture. He has been made a Fellow and Life Member of ISBS and was ISBS President from 2003-05. He delivered the Refshauge Lecture for Sports Medicine Australia, and was a Fellow of that organisation. He gave the Frank Cotton Memorial Lecture at the 3rd Australian Association of Exercise and Sports Science Conference (2008) and he also served as their inaugural Vice-President (Sport Science). He has been an invited speaker at International Tennis Federation Conferences from 2001 (Thailand-2001; Portugal-2003; Turkey-2005; Paraguay-2007; Spain-2009; Egypt-2011; Mexico-2013; Turkey-2015; Bulgaria-2017), and a keynote or invited speaker at three World Cricket Conferences (UK-2003; South Africa-2007; Australia-2015).

Having the good fortune of leading a biomechanics career from Australia, which has led the world in high performance sport and sports science, Professor Elliott has had a number of unique national and international leadership opportunities. He was the inaugural Chair of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (1984-1994), served as the Scientific Chair for the 5th IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences, and led and supervised the research projects at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 1999, he was honoured with the Award of Merit by the Western Australian Sports Federation. and in 2003 the Professional Tennis Registry gave him the Stanley Plagenhoef Sport Science Award for “His Lifetime Contribution to Tennis”. The Australia Tennis Coaches Association similarly gave him an award for his “Outstanding Contributions to the Australian Tennis Conference” (1998-2006). In 2006, The University of Western Australia presented him with an Excellence in Research Supervision Award, which was followed in 2008 with an Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2015, thhe International Tennis Federation awarded Professor Elliott their Service to the Game - Coaching Award, making him the first ever academic to receive such an honour. The Australian Government in 2003 awarded Professor Elliott the Centenary Medal for “Service to Sport Policy and Research Development for Sport” and followed this, in 2018, with a Member, The Order of Australia for his “Significant Service to Sports Science, as a Teacher and Researcher Specialising in the Fields of Biomechanics and Physical Education”.

Future research

Performance enhancement and injury reduction from a biomechanics perspective with particular interests in tennis and cricket.

Previous positions

Professor of Biomechanics, The University of Western Australia

Head of School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health (1992-201; 2007-2011)

Industrial relevance

International Tennis Federation
International Cricket Council
Western Australian Institute of Sport

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Biomechanics—injury reduction
  • Biomechanics—technique development


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