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Richard Partner


About Richard Partner

After a clinical career in the NHS and professional sport as a physiotherapist, Richard joined Leeds Beckett University in 2013 teaching across physiotherapy and sports therapy programmes and setting up the sports and exercise medicine MSc programme.

Training as a sports scientist and physiotherapist, Richard's clinical background had a strong focus on musculoskeletal health of both patients in the NHS and sportsmen and women from team sports. Richard has worked as part of specialist NHS MSK teams developing pathways for both spinal and shoulder rehabilitation. He has also spent over a decade working with Leeds Rhinos rugby players over seeing their development from young academy players to full internationals so has a wealth of experience of both academy and senior players in professional sport.

This background led Richard to form stronger links with Leeds Rugby seeing Leeds Beckett students engage in more clinical placements across the various sporting levels. Richard is also now conducting his doctoral studies into the health of the Rugby Shoulder. Richard also provides a link to the Football Association where he tutors on their advanced trauma management courses and organised these courses at Leeds Beckett University.

Current Teaching

Richard currently teaches on the following courses:

  • BSc / MSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
  • BSc / MSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Having rehabilitated countless rugby players with persistent shoulder injuries, Richard developed an interest in trying to understand the rugby shoulder in greater detail. Injury epidemiology studies always refers to the shoulder as one of the most commonly reported regions preventing participation. Richard's research has started to look the number of players 'playing on' despite sub clinical injury. These players are often missed off official injury stats because they are still playing, despite being partly injured. Richard hopes to create a better understanding of these players with sub clinical shoulder problems in a hope of reducing the number that develop injuries which prevent playing on and also improving preventative rehabilitation of those managing their rugby shoulder.

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