patrickwheelerDr Patrick C. Wheeler

Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in Loughborough University, and the Head of Service and Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine in the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Programme Director of MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine in Loughborough University, and also Medical Officer for GB Paralympics Team. Patrick’s research interest is on the musculoskeletal injury in sports, especially medical management of chronic injuries like tendinopathy.


zoebamberZoe A. Bamber (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Human Biology, Loughborough), MRes (Human Biology, Loughborough), MSc (Physiotherapy, Southampton)

Runners showing laterally-shifted centre of pressure are having higher risk of ankle inversion sprain injury. Zoe’s project is to develop a clinical tool to identify these runners, and to investigate if an in-phase muscle stimulating running exercise could correct the deviated plantar pressure in order to reduce the ankle sprain injury risk.

Co-supervisor: Dr Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

robbarkerdaviesRobert M. Barker-Davies (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BMedSci (Hons), BMBS (Medicine, Nottingham)

Tendinopathy is a significant burden to cause military personnels being not able to deploy. Rob’s project is to investigate the effectiveness of injected ‘High Volume Effect’ saline in treating Achilles and patella tendinopathy. Meanwhile, the project also aims to identify any biomechanical predictors of the response.

Co-supervisor: Prof Mark Lewis (Loughborough), Dr Alexander Bennett (Headley Court)

Donghyeon Seo  (PhD Student, Loughborough University)Donghyeon.jpg

BSc (Health and Fitness, Namseoul University in South Korea), MSc (Health and Exercise Science, Namseoul University in South Korea), MSc (Sport Science for Optimal Performance, University of Kent)

Osteoporosis is a major public health care issue, and physical exercise is considered as an influential factor in bone mineral density, muscular strength and body balance. The project is to investigate the effect of exercise on risk factors on osteoporosis.

Co-supervisor: Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell (Loughborough), Dr Fehmidah Munir (Loughborough)

Sara Aspinall (PhD Student, Loughborough University)sara_aspinall_trim.jpg

BSc (Physiotherapy, Birmingham), MRes (Clinical Practice, Coventry)

Arthrofibrosis following total knee replacement can result in extensive scar tissue causing severe pain and loss of knee range of movement. Sara is currently developing a clinical tool to treat the problem and avoid the consequences.

Co-supervisor: Prof Sue Hignett (Loughborough), Mr Steven Godsiff (Leicester General Hospital)

Parichad Plangtaisong (PhD Student, Loughborough University)parichadplangtaisong

BSc (Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University), MSc (Sport Sciences, Mahidol University)

Patients with repeated ankle sprain injuries may develop chronic ankle instability, leading to various functional deficiency. Parichad’s project is to investigate if peroneal muscle stimulation can be used as an exercise intervention to improve functions in patients with chronic ankle instability.

Co-supervisor: Dr Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

Hammad S. Al-Hasan (PhD Student, Loughborough University)hammadalhasan

BSc (Physical Therapy, Umm Al-Qura University), MSc (Physical Therapy, The University of Nottingham)

Hammad’s project is to investigate if interactive virtual-reality video game can help older adults to improve balance.

Co-supervisor: Dr Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

Shelly N. Diewald (MSc student in Sports Biomechanics, Loughborough University)shelleydiewald

Project: Assessment of alternative ankle strap designs and their effects on accelerations experienced during operation of Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) by Surf Lifesavers in New Zealand.

Co-supervisor: Prof Patria Hume (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)


Laurence D. Chatterjee (Undergraduate Student, Loughborough University)laurencechatterjee

Project: The effect of static and dynamic stretching prior to resistance training on hamstring strength.






Dr Wei Shan (Lecturer, Beijing Sports University, China)

[starting from October 2018 for 1 year]

Dr Shan’s project is to investigate the use of motion sensor for real-time monitoring of ankle joint movement during Taekwondo round-house kick.

Prof Gao-Feng Sun (Associate Professor, Anhui University, China)gaofengsun

[starting from September 2016 for 1 year]

Prof Sun’s project is to compare the construction of city community sports service system in the scope of eco-civilisation between China and the UK.

sonokomashimoSonoko Mashimo
(PhD Student, Tsukuba University, Japan)

[starting from September 2016 for 6 months]

Injuries to the lower limb is very common in many sports. Beside prophylactic device, exercise intervention is also a common strategy for preventing sport injuries. Sonoko’s project is to investigate the effect of a lower limb strengthening exercise intervention on the reduction of injury incidence and risk in women handball players.