About Professor Ross Sanders

Professor Sanders is involved in research over three disciplines: biomechanics, motor control and skill acquisition. His current research interests are the development of rhythm and skill in movement from human performance and rehabilitation perspectives; Analysis of aquatic locomotion from the perspectives of skill learning, elite performance and rehabilitation/exercise; and Anthropometry: Applications of quantifying the physical properties of body segments to address research questions relating to cardiovascular health, obesity, and sports performance.

Professor Sanders' background includes physical education teaching in NSW, from 1977 to 1984. In 1984 he began teaching in the tertiary system, completing a PhD through the University of Queensland in 1991 overlapping with ten years as a lecturer and researcher at The University of Otago (1987-1996). Prior to accepting a chair at The University of Edinburgh in January 2000 he was a senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia (1996-2000. As Chair of Sport Science at The University of Edinburgh (2000-2013) he founded the Centre for Aquatics Research and Education (CARE) in 2001 and directed the centre until taking up the current position as Professor and Head of Exercise Science in May 2013. Professor Sanders is looking to build a productive research team of PhD students and collaborating scientists including those in the Faculty of Health Sciences, The Charles Perkins Centre, and compatible international research units.

Selected publications



McCabe, C.B. and Sanders, R.H. (2012) Kinematic differences between front crawl sprint and distance swimmers at distance pace. Journal of Sports Sciences. 30:6, 601-608.

Sanders, R.H., and Psycharakis, S.G. (2009) Rolling rhythms in front crawl swimming with six-beat kick. Journal of Biomechanics, 42, 273-279.

Sanders, R.H., Li, S., and Hamill, J. (2009). Adjustment to change in familiar and unfamiliar task constraints. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(6), 651-659.

Sanders, R.H. (2007). Kinematics, coordination, variability, and noise in the prone flutter kick at different levels of a ‘learn-to-swim' programme, Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(2), 213-27.

Burnett, A.F., Naumann, F.L., Price, R. and Sanders, R.H. (2005). A comparison of methods to increase cervical isometric neck strength. A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, Work, 25, 205-210.

Malone, L.A., Sanders, R.H., Shiltz, J.H., & Steadward, R.D. (2001). The effect of impairment on stroke parameters in Paralympic swimmers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 33(12), 2098-2103.

Sanders, R.H. (1999). Analysis of the ‘eggbeater kick' used to maintain height in water polo. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 15(3), 284-291.

Sanders, R.H. (1999). Hydrodynamic characteristics of a swimmer's hand. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 15(1), 3-36.

Sanders, R.H., Cappaert, J.M., and Devlin, R. (1995). Wave Characteristics of butterfly swimming. Journal of Biomechanics, 28(1), 9-16.

Sanders, R.H. and Allen, J.B. (1993). Changes in net joint torques during accommodation to change in surface compliance in a drop jumping task. Human Movement Sciences, 12(3), 299-326.