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PhD Research Studentship on ankle ligamentous sprain injury. Loughborough University

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  • PhD Research Studentship on ankle ligamentous sprain injury. Loughborough University

    PhD Research Studentship: A study on the mechanism, preventive strategy, and rehabilitation modalities for sport-related ankle inversion ligamentous sprain injury

    Applications are invited for the above studentship in the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, commencing October 2014.

    Ankle ligamentous sprain injury is very common in sports, and its treatment is often neglected by the injured athletes. Repeated sprains without proper treatment may lead to chronic ankle instability, wearing of articulating cartilage, and in the most severe scenario, early osteoarthritis which may ultimately require an ankle fusion or a total joint replacement surgery. We have been working on the prevention by inventing an anti-sprain system as a wearable sport apparel. In doing this, we have developed an advanced motion analysis technique to investigate real ankle sprain injury incidents, in order to give quantitative biomechanics information to well understand the injury mechanism. To supplement this series of sport medicine study, we are looking to refine our motion analysis technique by making it semi-automatic for mass analysis on large amount of cases, in order to include more sports for the analysis. We are also extending our work to develop an exercising equipment to retrain a correct landing posture during walking and running in order to reduce the risk of sustaining an inversion sprain injury. The exercise intervention will be prescribed to patients with chronic ankle instability and also athletes who are prone to ankle inversion sprain injury, at both elite and recreational levels. The work is highly relevant within the scope of the National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine in the East Midlands (

    Applicants should normally have a first or upper second class degree in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Sport Medicine, Sport Science, Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering or related disciplines. A master degree in one of these areas is also highly desirable. Experience in operating a biomechanics laboratory with motion analysis system, plantar pressure measurement, electromyography, force plates, accelerometers and gyroscopes are advantageous. Successful applicants should also possess excellent oral and written communications skills, good manners in receiving patients and subjects, as well as motivation to learn research methods, essential computer programming skills and circuit board assembling.

    The studentship provides a stipend of £13,863 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years.

    Informal enquiries about the project should be made to Dr Daniel Fong ( Please see for more information on previous work. Details about the application process can be found at

    The closing date for applications is the 16th May 2014.

    Dr Daniel T.P. Fong, PhD, FISBS
    Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation Science
    School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
    Loughborough University LE11 3TU
    Tel: +44(0)1509 226381
    Editor-in-Chief, Sports Biomechanics: