Dr Sharief Hendricks receives 2019 UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award
Congratulations to Dr Sharief Hendricks of the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine who was awarded 2019 UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award.
Dr Hendricks's primary research interests are sport performance, injury prevention and athlete welfare, working with populations ranging from community sports people to professional athletes. Other research interests include how engaged researchers and stakeholders are in health research and innovation, and how medical journals use social media to communicate research. His research has changed policy in rugby and has produced novel training frameworks and equipment to reduce the risk of injury in sport while optimising performance.
Dr Hendricks also produces a range of science communication outputs, such as infographics, blogs and video animation for public engagement and benefit. He has been the social media editor for the European Journal of Sport Science, one of the top multidisciplinary journals in the field of sport science, for the past five years. In addition, he is a research consultant for the South African Cricketers' Association, the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association, the South African Rugby Union and Western Province Rugby.
Dr Hendricks collaborates with several international experts and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's (SASCOC) Sport Science, Technology and Research Commission. He is the president-elect of the South African Sports Medicine Association (the first non-physician to hold this position). He has been named as one of the 2019 Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans.