Professor Benita Olivier

Professor of Rehabilitation

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


Benita Olivier is a Professor of Rehabilitation in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work at Oxford Brookes University and a clinical-academic at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. Benita is the co-director of the Healthy Living Research Centre under the Oxford Institute of Applied Research (OxInAHR) and the Director of the Wits Cricket Research Hub for Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In 2013, she completed her PhD in cricket fast bowling injury prevention. In 2019, she graduated with distinction with a second masters in Movement Analysis through the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. Her contribution to scholarship and academic citizenship is visible in many spheres, including publication and postgraduate supervision.

Teaching and supervision

Benita is supervising the research projects of a number of masters and doctoral students on topics related to sports injury and performance, specifically in the sport of cricket, as well as projects in the broader field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.


Research focus area
Benita is an avid researcher with a high level of research productivity aimed at enabling others to enjoy the health benefits of physical activity, exercise and sport. Her research interests are especially sparked by her quest to reduce injury risk in sports, and mostly, although not exclusively, in cricket. 

Centres and Institutes
Healthy Living Research Centre, which forms part of the Oxford Institute of Applied Health Research (OxInAHR)

Research Awards and Achievements
Benita is a South African National Research Foundation-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 Wits Health Consortium’s Great Leap Forward Entrepreneurial Academic and Inspiring 50 SA awards in 2021, 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 a finalist of the TW Kambule-NSTF Emerging Researcher Award in 2020 and was second runner up in the Department of Science and Technology’s Distinguished Young Woman in Science award in 2018. She was chosen as member of the prestigious South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) in 2017. In 2014, Benita was the recipient of the Claude Leon Merit Award, the Friedel Sellschop Award for exceptional young researchers. As a wife and mother, 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.


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Centres and institutes


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Benita is a physiotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Further details

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