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Karen May

Divisional Leader Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB133

+44 (0) 1772 89 5488

kamay@uclan.ac.uk

Since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1990 Karen has held a number of different positions working both in the NHS, the private sector and professional sport. Karen joined the teaching staff as senior lecturer in Sports therapy at UCLan in 2005 completing her PGCE L&THE in 2009 and became divisional leader for the Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy in 2012. Karens latest project has been to develop and manage the new University of Central Lancashire Physiotherapy Clinic.

Karen is research active in the area of biomechanics and rehabilitation and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

Full Profile

Since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1990 Karen has held a number of different positions working both in the NHS and private sector. In 1995 she became the head Physiotherapist to Bradford Bulls RLFC, a position she held for three years before having a year out working with England Junior Women Basketball. In 1999 she joined Huddersfield giants RLFC as head physiotherapist and joined the physiotherapy books of UK Athletics in 2001/02.

Karen has run her own private practice for years providing physiotherapy treatment for a number of professional footballers, athletes, squash and rugby players from union and league. She is currently the physiotherapist to Wharfedale Rugby Union and to several elite mountain runners.

Karen is co-founder of the West Yorkshire ACL group set up to maintain and improve standards of practice in the treatment and rehabilitation of ACL deficient and reconstructed knees.

After completing her MSc in Sports Medicine at the University Of Nottingham in 1997, Karen has taught on the undergraduate sports science degree programme at Leeds Metropolitan University and lectured for Sports coach UK on the role of core stability in the development of power and speed.

Karen joined the teaching staff as senior lecturer Sports therapy at UCLan in 2005 completing her PGCE L&THE in 2009 and became Divisional leader for the Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy in 2012. Karen's latest project has been to develop and manage the new University of Central Lancashire Physiotherapy Clinic on site in the University.

Memberships

  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapist,
  • Member of HCPC,
  • Member of Physio First,
  • Member of Association of Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Research

Interests

Use of Cryotherapy in recovery,

Projects

Clinic Lead for the University Physiotherapy Clinic

Teaching

Leader of the Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy,

External Roles

External Examiner University of Bedfordshire