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Dr Karen Hind

Dr Karen Hind
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Dr Karen Hind

Senior Research Fellow

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 29110 K.Hind@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Karen Hind

Dr Karen Hind leads and coordinates Leeds Beckett research in bone physiology and health, and body composition. She is an active member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, the European Innovative Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging and the International Society of Tensiomyography. She also serves on two editorial boards, is a regular peer reviewer for scientific journals and a member of international conference scientific committees. Dr Hind has published over ninety peer reviewed publications and abstracts and regularly provides invited lectures and presentations for national and international conferences and meetings. She currently supervises six PhD students, is a research supervisor for MSc students and PhD examiner. Other responsibilities include directing the Carnegie DXA Clinic, research mentoring, as Radiation Protection Supervisor, and as a member of the research ethics committee.

Over the last 10 years, Dr Hind has developed research programmes into dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) best practice and quality assurance; athlete bone health, injury and body composition; and bone and body composition with age. Other major interests are athlete health and novel applications of DXA technology. Dr Hind is the principal investigator for the UK Rugby Health project which is investigating the long term health of retired rugby players and involves a team of ten Leeds Beckett academics. This project also represents part of a world leading collaboration into rugby health with collaborator, Prof Hume and the SPRINZ group at Auckland University of Technology. In 2011 Dr Hind was awarded a Visiting Fellowship with the Institute of Cellular Medicine of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she co-leads research into osteoporosis and fracture for the Newcastle Thousand Families birth cohort Study.


  • 2013 Clinically Certified Densitometrist (CCD), International Society for Clinical Densitometry, US.
  • 2005 PhD School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2002 Certified Densitometrist, National Osteoporosis Society, UK
  • 2000 BA (Hons) First Classification, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


  • Dr Fraser Birrell and Professor Mark Pearce, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Professor Patria Hume, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
  • Dr Doug King, AUT, NZ
  • Prof Richard Aspden, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell, Loughborough University, UK
  • Dr Gary Slater, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Professor Patrick Neary, University of Regina, Canada
  • Dr Steve Martin, University of Victoria, Canada

Current Teaching

  • MSc major independent studies
  • MSc Physical Activity and Health

Research Interests

Dr Hind's research of thoracic and lumbar vertebral fractures in professional rugby players attracted significant attention globally, and instigated heightened awareness amongst governing bodies, coaches and players, of potential back injuries in this population. She has discussed the topic with media both nationally and abroad. Dr Hind's next line of enquiry involves exploring and evaluating the long term implications of spinal deformities, and of degeneration to vertebral and hip joints in players. This work aims to seek solutions to improve screening and management during a player's career (for career longevity), and management where needed post retirement (for quality of life).

Other research has been instrumental in NICE and best practice guidelines for children's exercise for bone accrual, both in healthy populations and in cystic fibrosis. In addition, inclusion of research in international position statements on densitometry best practice. Dr Hind's ongoing work into the musculoskeletal health of older people is also seeking to develop strategies to improve active and functional status of this growing sector of the population, to prevent frailty, falls and fracture.

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