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Kelly Kaulback

Course Lead MSc Sport Rehabilitation
Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

Kelly Kaulback

About Research



Kelly joined the Sport Rehabilitation teaching unit in February 2022 from a position as Biokineticist and PhD fellow at the Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa.

Kelly was awarded her MSc with distinction from the University of Pretoria in 2018, investigating the role of exercise in the management of diabetes. She went on to undertake her PhD at the University of Pretoria on a scholarship from SEMLI and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre of South Africa, which is due to be completed in 2022.

Kelly's PhD looks at the effects of acute respiratory infections on performance in athletes, and falls under a broader research program with the IOC consensus group on “Acute respiratory illness in the athlete”.

Kelly has a clinical background working with high-level athletes and a sporting background as a national level field hockey player. Her clinical and research special interests include athletes with disability, the female athlete, mental health in athletes, and endurance sport.


Research profile

Kelly has presented at the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) National Roadshow (2021), some of her PhD findings at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference (2022) in San Diego, and at the St Mary's Festival of Learning and Teaching (2022).

Key research interests

  • Respiratory health in athletes
  • Athletes with disability
  • Endurance sport
  • Mental health in athletes
  • The female athlete.

Journal articles

Kaulback, K., D. B. Pyne, J. H. Hull, C. Snyders, N. Sewry and M. Schwellnus (2022). "The effects of acute respiratory illness on exercise and sports performance outcomes in athletes - A systematic review by a subgroup of the IOC consensus group on 'Acute respiratory illness in the athlete'." Eur J Sport Sci: 1-19.

Snyders, C., D. B. Pyne, N. Sewry, J. H. Hull, K. Kaulback and M. Schwellnus (2022). "Acute respiratory illness and return to sport: a systematic review and meta-analysis by a subgroup of the IOC consensus on 'acute respiratory illness in the athlete'." Br J Sports Med 56(4): 223-231.

Schwellnus, M., N. Sewry, C. Snyders, K. Kaulback, P. S. Wood, I. Seocharan, W. Derman, J. H. Hull, M. Valtonen and E. Jordaan (2021). "Symptom cluster is associated with prolonged return-to-play in symptomatic athletes with acute respiratory illness (including COVID-19): a cross-sectional study-AWARE study I." Br J Sports Med(0): 1-9.

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