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, Southamptom)

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)

sophiecope.jpgSophie Cope (MSc Student, Loughborough University)

BA (Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity, Durham)

In handball sport, there is a lot of jumping, landing, pivoting and turning movements so knee injury is very common. Sophie’s study is to investigate if a handball-specific exercise intervention can reduce the injury risk at the knee joint.

Chloe O’Keefe (MSc Student, Loughborough University)chloeokeefe.jpg

BSc (Sport and Exercise Science, Derby)

Ankle injury is common in many team sports. Sophie’s study is to investigate if a handball-specific exercise intervention can reduce the injury risk.

Emma Lewis (MSc Student, Loughborough University)emmalewis.jpg

BSc (Sport and Exercise Science, Lincoln)

Handball sport involves a lot of upper limb movement, and therefore shoulder pain is very common. Chloe’s study is to investigate if a handball-specific exercise intervention can reduce the injury risk at the shoulder joint.

Eliza Yujin Ng (MSc Student, Loughborough University)elizang.jpg

BSc (Physical Education, Nanyang Technological University)

Knee injury is very common in handball. Eliza’s study is to investigate if a handball-specific exercise intervention can reduce the injury risk at the knee joint.

Chris Jones
 (Undergraduate Student, Loughborough University)chrisjones

Repetitive pronation during foot strike in running is believed to be a cause of exercise-induced lower limb pain. Chris’s dissertation is to analyse the rear foot landing biomechanics of runners with and without exercise-induced lower limb pain.





gaofengsunGao-Feng Sun
 (Associate Professor, Anhui University, China)

[starting from September 2016 for 1 year]

Our research team has developed an anti-system to prevent ankle sprain injury by stimulating the shank muscles, but it is practically impossible to test it on volunteer participants in a laboratory environment. Gao-Feng’s project is to develop a computational biomechanics model to optimise the stimulus for the best effect. The model can also be used to optimise the effect of surgical treatments to ankle joint osteoarthritis.

Co-supervisor: Mr Jitendra Mangwani (Leicester General Hospital), Dr Simin Li (Loughborough)

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.