South African Young Academy of Science

Benita Olivier

Benita Olivier

Benita Olivier is an associate professor in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the Physiotherapy Department of the University of the Witwatersrand. She is an avid researcher with a high level of research productivity, aimed at investigating and promoting the prevention of musculoskeletal dysfunction. She has a special interest in the prevention of sports injuries, with a specific focus on human movement analysis. As part of her PhD research project, she investigated the cricket fast bowling action with the aid of kinematic analysis. She established the Wits Physiotherapy Movement Analysis Laboratory in 2010 and has moulded it into a lab that advocates research excellence. Benita has published 37 manuscripts and is currently the supervisor of 13 MSc and 4 PhD students. She is a National Research Foundation Y-rated researcher. In 2014, Benita was the recipient of the Claude Leon Merit Award, the Friedel Sellschop Award for exceptional young researchers and was identified by the Mail & Guardian as one of the top 200 most influential young South Africans.  She was also a finalist in the 2014 Standard Bank Rising Stars Awards and received the School of Therapeutic Sciences Mentoring Award in 2014. As a mother of two young boys, she aspires to live a balanced life, with a strong sense of integrity and a drive to positively contribute to the lives of others on a daily basis.