Dr Kane

Dr Kane Middleton

Lecturer (Biomechanics), Course Advisor (Bachelor of Exercise Science)

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre


BSc(ExHlthSci); BSc(ExHlthSci) (Hons); PhD (UWA)



Membership of professional associations

International Society of Biomechanics in Sport; Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics

Area of study

Exercise science
OHS and ergonomics

Teaching units

EXS2ESB Exercise and Sports Biomechanics

EXS3AEB Advanced Exercise Biomechanics

HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice


International Cricket Council, Cricket Victoria, Defence Science and Technology Group, Gordy’s Sports World ESPN Radio 1380 WCBG

Recent publications

12. Middleton, K., Carstairs, G., Caldwell, J., Billing, D. & Beck, B. (2017). The sensitivity of a military-based occupational fitness test of muscular strength. Applied Ergonomics, 60, 255-259. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.12.004

11. Lee-Bates, B., Billing, D., Caputi, P., Carstairs, G., Linnane, D. & Middleton, K. (Epub ahead of print). The application of subjective job task analysis techniques in physically demanding occupations: Evidence for the presence of self-serving bias. Ergonomics. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2016.1262063

10. Middleton, K. & Carr, A. (2017). The identification of combat survivability tasks associated with naval vessel damage in maritime environments. Applied Ergonomics, 59(Part A), 27-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.08.014

09. Beck, B., Carstairs, G., Middleton, K., Caldwell, J. & Billing, D. (Epub ahead of print). Modifiable anthropometric characteristics are associated with unilateral and bilateral carry performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001504

08. Middleton, K., Mills, P., Elliott, B. & Alderson, J. (2016). The association between lower limb biomechanics and ball release speed in cricket fast bowlers: a comparison of high-performance and amateur competitors. Sports Biomechanics, 15(3), 357-369. DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2016.1163413

07. Middleton, K., Carstairs, G. & Ham, D. (2016). Lift performance and lumbar loading in standing and seated lifts. Ergonomics, 59(9), 1242-1250. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1120888

06. Beck, B., Middleton, K., Carstairs, G., Billing, D. & Caldwell, J. (2016). Predicting stretcher carriage: Investigating variations in bilateral carry tests. Applied Ergonomics, 55, 124-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.02.002

05. Beck, B., Carstairs, G., Caldwell, J., Doyle, T. & Middleton, K. (2016). Jerry can carriage is an effective predictor of stretcher carry performance. Ergonomics, 59(6), 813-820. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1088074

04. Delbridge, K., Caldwell, J., Middleton, K., Drain, J., Hayes, A. & Groeller, H. (2016). The influence of technique on the physical demands of performing an apprehension task. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(5 Suppl 1), 271. DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485813.42086.34

03. Middleton, K., Foster, D. & Alderson, J. (2016). Pelvic and trunk mechanics and injury in cricket spin bowling: A case study. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11(2), 250-254.

02. Middleton, K., Alderson, J., Elliott, B. & Mills, P. (2015). The influence of elbow joint kinematics on wrist speed in cricket fast bowling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33(15), 1622-1631. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2014.1003586

01. Whiteside, D., Chin, A. & Middleton, K.J. (2013). The validation of a three-dimensional ball rotation model. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 227(1), 49-56. DOI: 10.1177/1754337112436913

Research projects

Sports Biomechanics

  • Identification and testing of suspect bowling actions in cricket
  • Postural control and performance predictors in elite lawn bowlers (in collaboration with Bowls Australia)
  • Health benefits and risks associated with beginner running programs
  • Lumbar loading in elite junior tennis players (in collaboration with Victoria University and Tennis Australia)

Occupational Biomechanics

  • Physical Employment Standards (in collaboration with the University of Wollongong and the Defence Science and Technology Group)
    • The validation of strength-based occupational work tasks
    • Quantification of combat survivability tasks in the Royal Australian Navy
  • Effect of body armour on lifting kinematics and lumbar loads
  • The biomechanics of marksmanship