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Dr Jason Bonacci

Geelong Campus
PhD, MPhysio, BExSci


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.

Jason practices from OPSMC’s Geelong campus.
Patients can book Physiotherapy appointments with Jason by calling our friendly receptionists on 1300859887.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Queensland
Masters of Physiotherapy Studies (MPhysio), The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Exercise Science (BExSci), Australian Catholic University

Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations

  • PhD – Australian Institute of Sport (2006-2011)

Research / Publications

Fox A, Bonacci J, McLean S, Spittle M, Saunders N. (2016). A Systematic Evaluation of field-based screening methods for the assessment of anterior cruciate ligament injury risk. Sports Medicine, 46:715-35.
Fox A, Bonacci J, McLean S, Spittle M, Saunders N. (2014). What is normal? Female lower limb kinematic profiles during athletic tasks used to examine anterior cruciate ligament injury risk: a systematic review. Sports Medicine, 44:815-32.
Bonacci J, Vicenzino B, Spratford W, Collins B. (2014). Take your shoes off to reduce patellofemoral joint stress during running. British Journal of Sports Medicine,48:425-8.
Bonacci J, Saunders PU, Hicks A, Rantalainen T, Vicenzino B, Spratford W. (2013). Running in a minimalist and lightweight shoe is not the same as runing barefoot: a biomechanical study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47:387-92.
Bonacci J, Vleck V, Saunders PU, Blanch P, Vicenzino B. (2013). Rating of perceived exertion is associated with subsequent running economy in triathletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 16:49-53.
Bonacci J, Saunders PU, Alexander M, Blanch P, Vicenzino B. (2011). Neuromuscular control and running economy is preserved in elite international triathletes after cycling. Sports Biomechanics, 10:49-61.
Bonacci J, Green D, Saunders PU, Franettovich M, Blanch P, Vicenzino B. (2011). Plyometric training as an intervention to correct altered neuromotor control during running after cycling in triathletes: a preliminary randomised controlled trial. Physical Therapy in Sport, 12:15-21.
Bonacci J, Green D, Saunders PU, Blanch P, Franettovich M, Chapman AR, Vicenzino B. (2010). Change in running kinematics are related to alterations in running economy in triathletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13: 460-464.
Bonacci J, Blanch P, Chapman A, Vicenzino B. (2010). Altered movement patterns but not muscle recruitment in moderately trained triathletes during running after cycling. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28(13): 1477-1487.
Bonacci J, Chapman A, Blanch P, Vicenzino B. (2009). Neuromuscular adaptations to training, injury and passive interventions: implications for running economy. Sports Medicine, 39(11): 903-921.

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.

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