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SSTO professor takes expertise to Asia

A leading biomechanics Professor from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will embark on an international seminar tour of five countries later this month.

Professor Jim Richards, from the Allied Health Professions Research Unit (AHPRU), will spend three weeks in Asia, where he will deliver his expertise in biomechanics. The tour begins on 20 April at the Sports Medicine Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and culminates in the prestigious World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) 2015 Congress from 1-4 May in Singapore.


Professor Richards will give a keynote address at the sixth ISN International Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference (SMSS 2015) in Kuala Lumpur. This lecture will ask, ‘Does athletic taping and bracing of the knee actually do anything useful for clinical and sporting activities?’  He added: “I’m very happy to be to be giving a talk at the International Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference. It’s a great honour to be invited to be a keynote speaker at such a prestigious conference.

He will also lead a seminar at the Pune Rehab Course, India, which will discuss the Biomechanics of ACL injuries and preventative bracing, before visiting attending the National Taipei University of Technology and National Taiwan University and the Hong Kong Chiropractor Foundation. 

“Attending the Pune Rehab Course is also exciting because it is the first time there has been a dedicated day for rehab.” Commenting on the tour, Professor Richards said: “I’m really excited to continue to grow our international links, in particular with two of our collaborating Universities in Taiwan.”

Professor Richards will be joined AHPRU colleagues Dr Jessie Janssen and Professor James Selfe for the final leg of the tour at the WCPT Congress. The event, which is organised every four years, will be attended by over 3000 delegates and has had over 2000 papers submitted. It brings together prominent international speakers and is the world’s largest and most important physical therapy gathering.