School of Sport and Health Sciences
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Jim Richards was appointed Professor of Biomechanics and research lead for the Allied Health Research Unit (AHRu) at the University of Central Lancashire in 2004.
In January 2020 Jim was invited to be an advisor to a newly formed research group in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya.
Professor Richards' research includes much work on clinical application of biomechanics, the development of new assessment tools for chronic disease, conservative and surgical management of orthopaedic and neurological conditions, and development of evidence based approaches for improving clinical management and rehabilitation. The focus of Professor Richards' work is to encourage inter-professional research and to develop direct parallels with research to the ‘real world’ of allied health work.
Professor Richards has authored over 160 peer reviewed journal papers, which have been cited over 4,000 times, and is an associate editor for “The Knee. Professor Richards has written and edited a number of textbooks including; Biomechanics in Clinic and Research (2008), the 5th edition of Whittle’s Gait Analysis (2012) and the Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Biomechanics (2018). He has also contributed to Tidy’s Physiotherapy (2003, 2008, 2012), the 10th edition of Mercer's Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma (2012), Experimental Research Methods: A Guidebook for Studies in Trauma Care (2015), Patellofemoral Pain: A Clinical Guide (2017) and the forthcoming A Guide to Sports Physiology and Injury (2019). Professor Richards’ contributions to biomechanics research are considered world leading and are recognised as being clinically significant, with over 200 invited talks in 30 different countries over 6 continents. In the last decade Professor Richards has secured approximately £5m of external funding, on the majority of which he was lead applicant. In addition, he is an executive board member of the International Society of Biomechanics Motor Control Technical Group.