South African Young Academy of Science

Benita Olivier

Benita Olivier

Benita Olivier is a professor in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the Physiotherapy Department of the University of the Witwatersrand. She is an avid researcher with a high level of research productivity. She has a special interest in the prevention of sports injuries, with a focus on human movement analysis. Benita is the Director of the Wits Sport and Health (WiSH) Research Group, a recognised research entity in the University of the Witwatersrand. She established the Wits Physiotherapy Movement Analysis Laboratory in 2010 and has molded it into a lab that advocates research excellence.  In 2013, she completed her PhD in the area of cricket fast bowling injury prevention and in 2019, she graduated, with distinction, with a second masters in Movement Analysis. Her contribution to scholarship and academic citizenship is visible in many spheres including publication and postgraduate supervision. She is a National Research Foundation Y-rated researcher and her passion for research and creating impact, what she often refers to as “changing the world”, has been recognised through awards such as the Department of Science and Innovation-SARIMA Early Career Excellence Research Management Award and the Johannesburg Women in Sports Confederation President’s Award in 2020. She was second runner up in the Department of Science and Technology’s Distinguished Young Woman in Science award in 2018. As a mother of three 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.