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Jill Alexander

Senior Lecturer Course Lead BSc Sports Therapy, Course Lead BSc Sports Therapy
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Jill is the Professional and Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme at the University of Central Lancashire and module leads on the MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation programme. Jill is research active in the fields of cryotherapy in sport and elite equine and rider performance. Jill has numerous publications within these areas with several ongoing projects. She is a HEA teaching fellow, KTP supervisor and oversees several postgraduate research students.

As the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme, Jill is responsible for course development and facilitation of the programme in line with the professional body requirements ensuring the course continues its outstanding reputation through optimising placement opportunities in elite sport. Focussing on bringing together the development of research informed teaching and publication output of a practical applied nature, Jill teaches across the programme advocating real world and evidenced based practices simultaneously within teaching and learning. With several publications in mechanisms of cryotherapy protocols in elite sport, elite equine rider performance and sports injury recovery Jill continues to drive post graduate research supervision at the university through MRes, PhDs, KTP and Nuffield funded research projects.

Jill began her career as a graduate Sports Therapist in 2008, qualifying with a first-class (hons) degree. As an ex-gymnast competing nationally, sport has been an influential part of her career. Since graduating Jill has worked in semi and professional rugby for several years at national and county level and most recently with the France national team at the U20’s World Cup. Alongside her roles she has externally lectured for VTCT and SMA manual Therapy and across many institutions. Jill developed her research journey by completing her MSc (by research) in 2011 with a thesis entitled; An investigation into the influence of athletic taping on the postures of female equine riders during sitting trot. Working alongside elite dressage and show jumping riders. Since then Jill has published work in the remit of postural characteristics in elite dressage riders and continues to work on several current projects in elite dressage performance today. Jill is currently completing her PhD in the remit of Mechanisms of Cryotherapy in Elite sport with several publications alongside. Her other publications include performance and recovery across elite sports with ongoing projects with partner institutions across the UK and internationally. In 2013 Jill continued her research development as a Research Associate within the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire. This included project leading research into the effects of whole-body cryotherapy in elite rugby league through a tripartite commercially funded project with Wigan Warriors RUFL and BOC Linde. Jill’s role progressed through supervision of several commercially funded research projects in biomechanics, thermography and cryotherapy, most recently securing a £150k KTP research bid, for a three-year funded project in the remit of cryotherapy and sport in association with Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2014 Jill moved into a lecturing role on the BSc Sports Therapy programme teaching across several modules, in 2017 she became a Senior Lecturer and within that time has taught across other post graduate programmes including the MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation and currently leads the research modules. Since becoming a Senior Lecturer Jill took on the Course Lead role on the BSc Sports Therapy programme ensuring to facilitate the continuation of its outstanding reputation and NSS rating. Jill currently supervisors several postgraduate research students across several scopes of elite sport performance, injury, rehabilitation and decision making.