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.
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
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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- Sports injury
Partner R; Fox G; Francis P; Jones G (2018) Does Taping of the Annular Pulleys of the Fingers Improve Grip Strength in Climbers?. In: Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Conference, 11 May 2018, Plymouth.
Partner R; Roach D; Francis P (2018) The First Study of Injury Epidemiology in Cheerleading during the 2016/2017 Season in the United Kingdom. In: Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Conference, 11 May 2018, Plymouth.
Partner R; Upsall S; Francis P (2018) Injury Epidemiology in Female Netball Players during the 2016/2017 Season in the United Kingdom. In: Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Conference, 11 May 2018, Plymouth.
Partner R; Francis P (2018) Playing through the pain: Self-reported shoulder function of uninjured rugby players. In: European Congress of Sports Science, 4 July 2018 - 7 July 2018, Dublin.
Partner R; Francis P (2016) The rugby shoulder score as a method to detect sub-clinical shoulder dysfunction in professional rugby league players. In: Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Conference, 6 May 2016, Plymouth.