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Dr Luke Hopper

Lecturer - Performance

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 8234, Email: l.hopper@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML14.112
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 8234
Email: l.hopper@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML14.112  

 


Luke is a Lecturer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and co Director of the Dance Research Group at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • DAN1034 – Integrated Body Practices 1
  • CUAWHS403 - Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development

Background

Dr Hopper completed a PhD specialising in the biomechanics of dance and injury prevention at the University of Western Australia’s School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health in 2011. Dr Hopper coordinated the biomechanics module in the pioneering Master’s of Dance Science at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2010 before commencing as a lecturer in biomechanics at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Dr Hopper’s work in dance science and performing arts health has involved several collaborations with international ballet companies such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet and with industry partners Harlequin Floors. Dr Hopper continues to work with the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare in the development and dissemination of health evidence in preventing injury and illness in performing artists. In his position at ECU, Dr Hopper is developing a health education and research program for the performing arts using his specialised skills in biomechanical 3D motion capture facilities and in collaboration with the WAAPA staff and students.

Professional associations

  • 2007 - Present - International Association for Dance Medicine & Science;  (Board of Directors)
  • 2014 - Present - Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare; (President)

Awards and recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2009 - International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Student Research Award
  • 2007 - International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Student Research Award

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2013 - Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence; University of Notre Dame Australia
  • 2011 - Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence; University of Notre Dame Australia

Research areas and interests

Luke’s research focuses on performance enhancement and injury prevention for performing artists.

This includes:

  • Dance science
  • Performing arts health
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Notre Dame Australia, 2013.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours Human Movement, The University of Western Australia, 2008.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Towards an evidence-based training approach for the elite contemporary dance industry ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2017 - 2018,  $98,866.
  • Biomechanical analyses of injury risks experienced in elite dance training,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2015,  2015 - 2016,  $25,000.
  • Power to the performer: Self-directed training practices for the healthy dancers,  Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare,  ASPAH - Healthy Partnerships for the Performing Arts (HPPA),  2015,  $6,378.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Carter, S., Sato, N., Hopper, L., (2017), Kinematic repeatability of a multi-segment foot model for dance. Sports Biomechanics, online(online), 1-19, United Kingdom, Routledge.
  • Carter, SL., Bryant, AR., Hopper, L., (2017), Lower-Leg and Foot Contributions to Turnout in University-Level Female Ballet Dancers. A Preliminary Investigation. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association , 107(4), 292-298, DOI: https://doi.org/10.7547/15-142.
  • Sato, N., Nunome, H., Hopper, L., Ikegami, Y., (2017), Ankle taping can reduce external ankle joint moments during drop landings on a tilted surface. Sports Biomechanics, online(online), 1-11, United Kingdom, Routledge.
  • Meyer, K., Chan, C., Hopper, L., Nicholson, L., (2017), Identifying lower limb specific and generalised joint hypermobility in adults: validation of the Lower Limb Assessment Score. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18(514), 9p., BioMed Central, DOI: 10.1186/s12891-017-1875-8.
  • Woods, C., Cripps, A., Hopper, L., Joyce, C., (2017), A comparison of the physical and anthropometric qualities explanatory of talent in the elite junior Australian football development pathway. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(7), 684-688, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.11.002.
  • Cripps, A., Joyce, C., Woods, C., Hopper, L., (2017), Biological maturity and the anthropometric, physical and technical assessment of talent identified U16 Australian footballers. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 12(3), 344 - 350.
  • Hopper, L., Chan, C., Wijsmann, S., Ackland, T., Alderson, J., (2017), Torso and Bowing Arm Three-Dimensional Joint Kinematics of Elite Cellists: Clinical and Pedagogical Implications for Practice. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 32(2), 85-93.
  • Hopper, L., Sato, N., Weidemann, A., (2016), Single-leg squats can predict leg alignment in dancers performing ballet movements in ?turnout?. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 7(16 Nov. 2016), 161-166, Dovepress.
  • Cripps, A., Hopper, L., Joyce, C., (2016), Coaches? perceptions of long-term potential are biased by maturational variation. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11(4), 478-481, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1747954116655054.
  • Cripps, A., Hopper, L., Joyce, C., (2016), Maturity, physical ability, technical skill and coaches? perception of semi-elite adolescent Australian footballers. Pediatric Exercise Science, 28(4), 535-541, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/pes.2015-0238.
  • Hopper, L., Alderson, J., Elliott, B., Ackland, T., (2015), Dance floor force reduction influences ankle loads in dancers during drop landings. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(4), 480-485, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.07.001.
  • Cripps, A., Hopper, L., Joyce, C., (2015), Inter-Rater Reliability and Validity of the Australian Football League?s Kicking and Handball Tests. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14(3), 675-680, Bursa, Turkey, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine.
  • Cripps, A., Hopper, L., Joyce, C., Veale, J., (2015), Pathway Efficiency and Relative Age in the Australian Football League Talent Pathway. Talent Development and Excellence, 7(1), 3-11, International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence.
  • Wellisch, M., Hamer, P., Hopper, L., Bulsara, M., Debenham, J., (2015), Eccentric Loading Increases Peak Torque Angle of the Ankle Plantar Flexors in Healthy Volunteers. International Journal of Sports and Exercise Medicine, 1(2), 1-6.
  • Hopper, L., Allen, N., Wyon, M., Alderson, JA., Elliott, BC., Ackland, T., (2014), Dance floor mechanical properties and dancer injuries in a touring professional ballet company. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(1), 29-33, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.04.013.
  • Hopper, L., Wheeler, T., Webster, J., Allen, N., Roberts, J., Fleming, P., (2014), Dancer perceptions of the force reduction of dance floors used by a professional touring ballet company. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 18(3), 121-130, United States, J Michael Ryan, DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.18.3.121.
  • Reeve, HK., Hopper, L., Elliott, B., Ackland, T., (2013), Lower limb kinematic variability in dancers performing drop landings onto floor surfaces with varied mechanical properties. Human Movement Science, 32(4), 866-74, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2013.07.009.
  • McEldowney, KM., Hopper, L., Etlin-Stein, H., Redding, E., (2013), Fatigue Effects on Quadriceps and Hamstrings Activation in Dancers Performing Drop Landings. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 17(3), 109-114, United States, J. Michael Ryan, DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.17.3.109.

Conference Publications

  • Hopper, L., Alderson, J., Elliott, B., Ackland, T., Fleming, P., (2014), Do dance floor force reduction and static stiffness represent dynamic floor stiffness during dance landings?. Procedia Engineering, 72(14-17 July 2014), 931-936, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.148.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • The Relationship Between Foot Architecture And Foot Mobility In Dancers.
  • Variability Of Lower Limb Coordination In Dancers Performing Drop Landings Onto Floor Surfaces With Varied Mechanical Properties.
  • The Effect Of Knee Joint Stability When Landing From A Jump.
  • The Relationship Between Movement Patterns In Games And During Dield-tests In Senior Western Australian Football Players.
  • Gender Influences On Dancers' Perceptions And Preferences Of Performance Qualities Of Varied Dance Floor Surfaces.
  • The Estimation Of Subject-specific Archilles Tendon Moment Arms Using Ultrasound And Three Dimensional Motion Analysis.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Pedagogy In Performance: An Investigation Into Decision Training As A Cognitive Approach To Circus Training.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Amnesiac. A Stage Play. - And - Playwriting Migration: Silence, Memory And Repetition. An Exegesis
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