Dr Kim Hébert-Losier

Kim Hébert-Losier

Senior Lecturer, Te Huataki Waiora School of Health

Qualifications: BSc Physiotherapy, PT, PhD

About Kim

Captures (biomechanics) where it matters...and loves to run.

Accepting PhD inquiries from candidates interested in running research, footwear studies, ACL, and screening for risk of injuries in sport.

Seeking for a PhD candidate with background in Computer Science and/or Engineering with Python and/or Matlab skills for a project on the automation of clinical scores from 2D video recordings.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Dr. Hébert-Losier is an applied biomechanics (clinical and sport) senior lecturer and researcher who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Montreal, Canada. She worked in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy practice before completing her PhD at the University of Otago studying calf muscle activity and fatigue at the School of Physiotherapy. She began to work in High Performance Sports at the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Biomechanics, Injury, and Injury Prevention where she developed an expertise in human movement science using 3D motion analysis, electromyography, isokinetic, and force plate, which was followed by working in the United States of America at the Nebraska Athletics Performance Laboratory and at the National Sports Institute of Malaysia as a Senior Sports Biomechanics Researcher.

Kim joined the University of Waikato in August 2016 as a Senior Lecturer and primary biomechanics researcher at the Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga. Kim’s research is inter-disciplinary in nature and conducted in close collaboration with practitioners in health and sport. Her current research focuses on anterior cruciate ligament injuries, screening and preventing injuries in sport, human performance enhancement, and running-related research.

She has led and contributed to a range of national and international research teams. She is uniquely positioned to add value within such teams given her clinical experience and vast international postdoctoral training in biomechanics and sports. Kim is a recognised speaker for The Running Clinic, and works closely with the team at Qualisys AB ( for any research-related ventures.

Recent Publications

  • Hébert-Losier, K., Lamb, P., & Beaven, C. M. (2020). Biomechanical determinants of placekicking success in professional Rugby Union players. Sports Biomechanics, 1-16. doi:10.1080/14763141.2020.1728368

  • Hébert-Losier, K., Hanzlíková, I., Zheng, C., Streeter, L., & Mayo, M. (2020). The 'DEEP' landing error scoring system. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 10(3). doi:10.3390/app10030892

  • Patoz, A., Lussiana, T., Gindre, C., & Hébert-Losier, K. (2019). Recognition of foot strike pattern in Asian recreational runners. Sports, 7(6), 147. doi:10.3390/sports7060147 Open Access version:

  • Schofield, M., Tinwala, F., Cronin, J., Hébert-Losier, K., & Uthoff, A. (2019). Multijoint musculoarticular stiffness derived from a perturbation is highly variable. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Preprint, 7 pages. doi:10.1519/jsc.0000000000003186

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Elite Athletes; Exercise; Health; Sport Science; Sports

Biomechanics; Human Movement; Muscle Activity; Injury Prevention; Footwear; Running

Contact Details

Phone: ​+64 7 837 9476