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Trauma Surgeon joins Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett


A Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon has joined the Leeds Beckett University Sports Medicine Research Group. Nick Harris has become a Visiting Professor of Sports Medicine at the university.

Students outside James Graham

Nick works for Leeds Teaching Hospitals and has always had an interest in research and teaching. He has produced over 100 original publications and presentations, including a best-selling textbook.

Speaking about his new position, Mr Harris said: “To be awarded the title of visiting Professor of Sports Medicine at Leeds Beckett University is a great honour and I hope it will enable me to get involved in more research projects at Leeds Beckett, as well as create links with other medical specialities. I hope ultimately our research will go some way to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury in sports people.”

He began his career as a doctor in 1989 and joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2001 acting as the Clinical Lead for Trauma between 2014 and 2016. He was awarded the British Trainee of the Year Award for research into pain relief after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and is the lead designer of the Rebalance mobile bearing total ankle replacement.

Professor Harris is already involved in a number of research projects including long-term function after Achilles tendon rupture, and bone density and body composition in dancers at the time of stress fracture diagnosis. 

Dean of Carnegie School of Sport, Peter Mackreth, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Nick to our School. His appointment as a Visiting Professor strengthens the ongoing relationship we have, and provides an exciting opportunity to enhance our research and its impact on our sporting communities.”

Nick is working alongside some top experts in the field of sports medicine and sport injury including Professor Ernest Schilders, Dr Athanassios Bissas, Professor John O’Hara and Dr Karen Hind.

Projects currently ongoing include FIFA and FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (FMARC) Adductor Avulsions, groin pain in professional footballers, stress fractures in dancers and neuromuscular and functional outcomes of operatively treated Achilles tendon ruptures.

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