Research at Leeds Beckett
About Cassie Oddy
Cassie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences. Her background in musculoskeletal and sports Physiotherapy enables her involvement across numerous programmes in the University to include Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and Sports Medicine.
Cassie graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy in 2001 and has worked in various healthcare environements since. Her interest in musculoskeletal and sports Physiotherapy has given her the opportunity to work in sporting environments to include British Athletics, British Superbike Championships, The Football League and Premiere League Academy Football. She joined the University in 2010 and uses her exerience in sport to give context to her teaching. Her recent appointment as an affiliate medical tutor with the Football Association completements her teaching of sports trauma to both MSc and BSc Sports Therapy cohorts.
Currently teaching on:
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
- MSc Physiotherapy
- BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy
- MSc Sports Therapy
- MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine
Cassie became an active researcher in 2014 where she investigated the effect of generalised joint hypermobility on injury rate and risk in university-level male rugby league players. This work was taken to full publication in the British Medical Journal Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. Cassie began to explore PhD topics following a joint publication in the International Journal of Athletic training therapy titled "A Reduction in plantar heel pain and a return to sport after a barefoot running intervention in a female triathlete with plantar fasciitis". Her PhD topic explores barefoot running, investigating the chronic adaptation to the neuromuscular system and what impact this might have on injury in runners. She hopes her research will help runners to make an evidence-informed decision when considering running without shoes.
She supervises MSc research having prevously supervised projects relating to the the impact of kinesiology taping and balance, the impact of acute and chronic barefoot treadmill running on muscle contracile properties and injury epidemiology research in mixed martial arts.