Dr. Richard Foster is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He is a member of the Research to Improve Stair Climbing Safety (RISCS) group within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Dr. Foster was a Research Assistant in Virtual Rehabilitation (2009-2010) and received his PhD in Virtual Rehabilitation at LJMU in 2012. He then completed a 2-year NIHR Public Health Research funded postdoctorate in Vision and Gait at the University of Bradford (2012-2014), followed by a brief Research Fellow position at the University of Lincoln (2014). Dr. Fosterís next role was as a Lecturer in Biomechanics at Nottingham Trent University (2014-2016) before returning to LJMU.
Dr. Foster previously focused on how the effects of virtual reality game training, aimed at improving control of movement of the trunk and pelvis segments (core) in children with Cerebral Palsy, impacted on activities of daily living.
Dr. Fosterís current research focuses on falls/falls-risk in young and older adults, by investigating the compensatory mechanisms required during overground gait and adaptive gait tasks such as stair negotiation and obstacle crossing. Ongoing research also focuses on the role of vision during these tasks. In addition, Dr. Foster is conducting research centred upon understanding the compensatory mechanisms produced by children with pathology during activities of daily living.