Jason Bonacci graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and then pursued his interest in physiotherapy by graduating with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland. He then completed his PhD at the University of Queensland in 2011. Throughout his doctoral studies Jason was based in the Department of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport, investigating the neuromechanics of multi-discipline training in both elite and recreational athletes. He has a special clinical and research interest in lower limb biomechanics and running related injuries and has presented his research both nationally and internationally. Jason has developed a strong research profile in the area of lower limb running biomechanics and is the Director of 3D Gait at Deakin University, a specialised biomechanics laboratory for gait analysis.
Jason has worked in private practice with athletes from all levels and uses his strong Exercise Science background to prescribe interventions for acute injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation through to the return to sport phase. He continues to combine his clinical and research interests and is a lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.
Research / Publications
Professional Conference Presentations
- Biomechanics of running in traditional and minimal footwear, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2016, Boston, USA.
- Is gait retraining effective at reducing symptoms and patellofemoral joint kinetics in individuals with patellofemoral joint pain. Australian Physiotherapy Conference 2015, Gold Coast, Australia.
- What influence does cadence and shoe type have on patellofemoral joint kinetics during running in individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Australian Physiotherapy Conference 2015, Gold Coast, Australia.
- Shoes elevate patellofemoral joint stress during running. Australian Physiotherapy Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia.
- Minimalist shoes – do they provide any mechanical advantage for the elite runner? New Zealand Sports Medicine Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Motor pattern stability during the triathlon cycle-run transition – implications for performance and injury. New Zealand Sports Medicine Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Biomechanical considerations of barefoot running. Australian Physiotherapy Conference 2011, Brisbane, Australia.