School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


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Injury/illness prevention and management

Recent projects:

A gait retraining rehabilitation protocol for reducing the risk of ankle sprain injury

Loughborough University collaborators: Dr Daniel Fong, Dr Patrick Wheeler, Prof Massimiliano Zecca, Prof Richard Bibb

Project Description

Running with a laterally shifted centre of foot pressure excursion is a risk factor of lateral ankle sprain injury. This study aims to investigate if an in-phase external stimulation on the lateral shank muscles would suppress this risk factor for injury prevention. If an immediate biomechanics effect is observed, we shall continue to investigate the optimal intervention protocol for the best carry-on effect so the athletes can enjoy a lower injury risk for a certain time period.

PhD student: Zoe Bamber

Collaborators: Mr James Calder, Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Fortius Clinic; Dr Eamonn Delahunt, Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin; Dr Benedicte Vanwanseele, Assistant Professor, KU Leuven

Sponsors: SSEHS PhD Studentship

High-volume injection for treating chronic patellar tendinopathy

Loughborough University collaborators: Dr Daniel Fong, Prof Mark Lewis

Project Description

Tendinopathy is a recurrent chronic problem which prohibits athletes to perform and excel in sports. High volume saline injection has been proposed to treat the problem with promising clinical outcome. This study aims to perform a randomised trial to demonstrate its effect in treatling chronic patellar tendinpathy.

PhD student: Robert Barker-Davies

Collaborators: Dr Alex Bennett, Clinical Academic Supervisor, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court

Sponsors: NCSEM-EM Clinical PhD Studentship

Return to work after Cancer: developing guidance and case studies to aid employers manage safety and health issues

Loughborough University collaborators: Dr Hilary McDermott Dr Fehmidah Munir

Project Description

Due to improved diagnosis and treatment for cancer, more people are now recovering from having cancer and returning to work. While there has been a reasonable body of research carried out to examine the health issues in relation to treatment for cancer, the context of safety issues and return to work have not been thoroughly examined. This project aims to identify the safety and health factors that need to be considered by employers when planning and preparing for employees' return to work. We aim to develop guidance and usable case studies to aid employers in this process. The research project will do this by:

  • A systematic review of recent research on the safety and health factors that influence return to work
  • From the systematic review, the development of evidence-based good practice guidelines
  • Industry based case studies to highlight best practice and effectiveness in return to work

PhD student: Robert Barker-Davies

Collaborators: Institute of Occupational medicine Affinity Health at Work

Sponsors: Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)