patrickwheelerProf Patrick C. WHEELER

Patrick is a Honorary Clinical Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine 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 BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Intercalated) 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.

siminliDr LI Simin

Simin is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanics of Biomaterials. His research covers a broad area of mechanics of biomaterials and tissues across different length-scales, including musculoskeletal tissue modelling (bone, muscle, ligament), injury simulation, prosthetic/implant/orthosis design and optimisation, etc. In the research of sports injury, Simin is supervising projects on the effect of ankle fusion surgery in treating chronic ankle instability, as well as the development of a semi-automatic video analysis method to investigate injury mechanism.

stuartmcerlainnaylorDr Stuart McERLAIN-NAYLOR

Stuart is a Lecturer with a research interest in the computer simulation of sports biomechanics, and the application of wearable technology to investigate the human body’s response to sporting impacts. The applications of his work include training load monitoring and prescription. Stuart is currently the Vice President (Publications) of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, and a editorial board member of the Sports Biomechanics Journal.

filiplysdalDr Filip LYSDAL

Filip is a sports medicine researcher and currently a Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation in St Mary’s University, Twickenham London. His research is centred around external risk factors for athletic injury, with a primary focus on shoe-surface interaction and its implication to lower extremity joint loading. He is currently investigating the mechanism of lateral ankle sprain injury in sports.


peixinshenSHEN Peixin

Peixin is a sports biomechanics and rehabilitation researcher and currently a PhD student at Beijing Sports University. She had experience in investigating of running biomechanics in relation to iliotibial band syndrome, and the effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation on knee osteoarthritis. She is currently involved in several projects related to lateral ankle sprain and chronic ankle instability.

PhD STUDENT (Current)

haosunSUN Hao (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

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

To use Tai Chi exercise as an intervention to help patients with chronic ankle instability to improve peroneal muscle reaction, ankle joint proprioception, and balance.

Co-supervisor: Dr Matt Pain (Loughborough)

weishenSHEN Wei (Derek) (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Medicine, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine), MSc (Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine)

Effect of gentle landing strategy in preventing ankle sprain in running.

Co-supervisor: Prof Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

harrywangWANG Yuehang (Harry) (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc, MSc (Loughborough University)

Forensic analysis of ankle sprain injury in badminton.

Co-supervisor: Prof Mark King (Loughborough)

josebocanegraJose FRIAS BOCANEGRA (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Sports Sciences, St Mary’s Twickenham), MSc (Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough)

Optimising rehabilitation pathways in severely injured personnel.

Co-supervisors: Prof David Williams (Loughborough), Prof Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough), Dr Alexander Bennett (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre)

zongchenhouHOU Zongchen (Carl) (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Rehabilitation Science, China Medical University), MSc (Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Therapy, Peking University)

Unplanned single-leg landings in people with chronic ankle instability: a prospective cohort study.

Co-supervisors: Dr Sam Winter (Loughborough)

henrywuWU Han (Henry) (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BKin (Kinesiology, University of British Columbia)

Risk factor of chronic injuries in long distance runners.

Co-supervisors: Dr Richard Blagrove (Loughborough)

benjeromeBenjamin JEROME (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Sport and Exercise Science, Herfordshire), MSc (Sport and Exercise Science, Essex)

Understanding football player and team performance through the combination and relationship of technical data.

Co-supervisors: Prof Jonathan Folland (Loughborough), Dr Chris Dawson (Loughborough)

lauraobengfrimpongLaura OBENG-FRIMPONG (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Sports Therapy, Bedfordshire), MSc (Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Kent)

Is there a difference in the degree and timing of activation of the muscles of the lower limb during landing for previously injured versus uninjured soccer players?

Co-supervisors: Dr Sam Winter (Loughborough)

pingzhangZHANG Ping (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BEd (Physical Education and Sports Science, CUHK), MA (Sports Studies, CUHK)

The use of whole body vibration therapy in treating chronic ankle instability

Co-supervisors: Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell (Loughborough), Prof Qipeng Song (Shandong Sport University)

hengshuozhangZHANG Hengshuo (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Rehabilitation Therapy, Nanjing Medical University), MEd (Sport Rehabilitation, Shandong Sport University)

The effect of ankle fusion surgery on the ankle joint biomechanics in patients with chronic ankle instability.

Co-supervisors: Dr Simin Li (Loughborough), Mr Jitendra Mangwani (Leicester)

qianqianQIAN Qian (PhD Student, Loughborough University

BN (Nursing, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine), MSc (Nursing, Huzhou University)

Exercise interventions for treating chronic ankle instability.

Co-supervisors: Prof Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

kirstygoddardKirsty GODDARD (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Human Biology, Loughborough), MSc (Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, Loughborough)

Ankle joint moments and Achilles tendon forces from wearable technology: development and application of internal biomechanical training load measures.

Co-supervisors: Dr Stuart McErlain-Naylor (Loughborough)

davideverettDavid EVERETT (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BSc (Strength, Conditioning & Rehabilitation, University of Derby)

Peroneal muscle fatigue following a change-of-direction protocol in footballers.

Co-supervisors: Dr Thomas Balshaw (Loughborough)

danyangweiWEI Danyang (Rick) (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BEng (Safety Science and Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology), MPE (Physical Training, Xi’an Physical Education University)

Developing new devices and training methods to prevent ankle injuries and treat ankle instability.

Co-supervisors: Dr Thomas Balshaw (Loughborough)

fangliuLIU Fang (PhD Student, Loughborough University)

BA (Sport Rehabilitation, Shandong Sport University), MEd (Physical Education, Shandong Sport University)

Developing a semi-automatic forensic video analysis method to analyse injuries in badminton.

Co-supervisors: Dr Simin Li (Loughborough)


HOU Difei (MSc, Strength and Conditioning)

Casey JENKINS (MSc, Sport Biomechanics)

Heemanshi MISTRY (MSc, Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health)

Callum-Kofi RICHARDS (MSc, Strength and Conditioning)

Ellie WILSON (MSc, Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health)

ZHANG Zhiye (Rachel) (MSc, Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health)


Will FINDLAY (BSc, Sport and Exercise Science)

Adam HARES (BSc, Sport and Exercise Science)

Izzy MARDELL (BSc, Sport and Exercise Science)

Alice SCOONES (BSc, Sport and Exercise Science)

Amy TRITTON (BSc, Sport and Exercise Science)

PhD STUDENT (Research Completed)

parichadplangtaisongParichad PLANGTAISONG (PhD Student, Loughborough University, completed in 2022)

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: Prof Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

hammadalhasanHammad S. ALHASAN (PhD, Loughborough University, passed in 2021)

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

To investigate if interactive virtual-reality video game can help older adults to improve balance.

Co-supervisor: Prof Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

Donghyeon.jpgSEO Donghyeon (PhD, Loughborough University, passed in 2021)

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), Prof Fehmidah Munir (Loughborough)

zoebamberZoe A. BAMBER (PhD, Loughborough University, passed in 2021)

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: Prof Patrick Wheeler (Loughborough)

danrothwellDaniel ROTHWELL (PhD, Loughborough University, awarded in 2021)

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)

sara_aspinall_trim.jpgSara ASPINALL (PhD, Loughborough University, awarded in 2021)

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)

robbarkerdaviesRobert M. BARKER-DAVIES (PhD, Loughborough University, awarded 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 (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre)


Prof LI Gaofeng (January 2020 for 6 months)

  • Vice Dean, Department of Rehabilitation Engineering, Beijing College of Social Administration, China
  • Project: Insight and experience sharing in orthopaedic biomedical engineering research.

Prof Wacharee RITTIWAT (October 2019 for 6 months)

  • Head, Department of Sports Science, Faculty of Education, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
  • Project: Measurement of ankle proprioception in patients with chronic ankle instability.

Dr SHAN Wei (October 2018 for 1 year)

  • Lecturer, Beijing Sports University, China
  • Project: Effect of prolonged football on peroneal muscle reaction.

Adrian Wai-Yin YEUNG (August 2018 for 3 months)

  • MSc Student in Sports Science, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Project: To investigate ankle inversion sprain injury mechanism with a model-based image-matching forensic motion analysis technique.

Prof SUN Gao-Feng (September 2016 for 1 year)

  • Associate Professor, Anhui University, China
  • Project: To compare the construction of city community sports service system in the scope of eco-civilisation between China and the UK

MASHIMO Sonoko (September 2016 for 6 months)

  • PhD student in Sports Medicine, Tsukuba University, Japan.
  • Project: The effect of a lower limb strengthening exercise intervention on the reduction of injury incidence and risk in women handball players.