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.


robbarkerdaviesRobert M. Barker-Davies (PhD Student, Loughborough University) [Completed in 2018]

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)

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)

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)

danrothwellDaniel Rothwell (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Sports Rehabilitation, Salford), MSc (Strength and Conditioning, Salford)

How does amputation influence neuromuscular function in lower limb military amputees? Implications for rehabilitation, conditioning and long-term health. The research will first identify a valid, reliable and time- and cost-effective method of determining muscle volume. This will be used to identify the effect of muscle loss on performance in walking and running tasks in lower limb military amputees. The findings will lead to the identification of interventions to maintain independent function, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle and reducing the risk of comorbidities.

Co-supervisor: Prof David Williams (Loughborough)

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)

Hao Sun (PhD Student, Loughborough University)haosun

BSc (Social Sports, Jimei University, China), MSc (Physical Education, Jimei University, China)

Hao’s study is to use Tai Chi exercise as an intervention to help older adults to improve balance.

Co-supervisor: Dr Matt Pain (Loughborough), Dr Wei Sun (Shandong Sports University)

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

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)


siruishuangSiruis Zhanyu Huang (MSc student in Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough University)

Project: Effect of prolonged football exercise on peroneal muscle reaction and ankle sprain injury risk.



josebocanegraJose Frias Bocanegra (MSc student in Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough University)

Project: Effect of different indoor football court surface on medial-lateral friction during cutting movements.



richardstennettRichard Stennett (MSc student in Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough University)

Project: An economic evaluation of standard treatment compared to a programme using a medical stretching device (STAK) post total knee replacement.


mariamitsiMaria Mitsi (MSc student in Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough University)

Project: A study of how inflammation and swelling in arthrofibrosis patients is effected by standard physiotherapy treatment compared to treatment involving a high intensity medical stretching device (STAK).


prachisaranglePrachi Sarangle (MSc student in Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough University)

Project: An investigation of changes in pain stiffness and physical function and knee ROM in patients suffering with arthrofibrosis treated with a medical stretching device compared to standard treatment and surgeons perception of factors underlying these changes.


laurencechatterjeeLaurence Chatterjee (Undergraduate Student in Sport and Exercise Science, Loughborough University)

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





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

[starting from October 2018 for 1 year]

Dr Shan’s project is to investigate the ankle sprain injury mechanism sustained in competitive sports.