Jill Alexander

Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB119

+44 (0) 1772 89 2781

Subject Areas: Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy

Since qualifying as a Sports Therapist in 2008 Jill has worked in professional rugby union for Wharfedale RUFC and Yorkshire Counties RFU. She completed her MSC in 2012. She has experience in lecturing Sports Therapy at UCLan.

Jill is research active in the subject areas of whole-body cryotherapy in elite rugby league players and lower back pain and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

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Jill qualified from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Sports Therapy. She further completed her MSc (by Research) in 2012 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 through links with Myerscough Equine Department. Jill has published research in the area of postural characteristics in elite dressage riders.

Jill has worked within professional rugby union for the past ten years and is lead therapist at Wharfedale RUFC for the first XV squad and part of Yorkshire County Seniors RFU medical team and is RFU immediate trauma qualified. Privately she works with elite ultra-runners, cyclists, downhill bike racers, gymnasts and professional dancers. Jill has externally lectured for SMA and VTCT Manual Therapy courses. Her clinical and sporting interests include rugby union, rugby league, gymnastics and horse riding.

Jill’s clinical research interests range from spinal posture dysfunctions, joint positions sense at the knee, athletic taping, movement analysis, EMG, lower limb biomechanics, thermal imaging and cryotherapy. Her recent research projects have included project coordinator for research into the effect of whole-body cryotherapy, in association with Wigan Warriors RFL first team squad and BOC Linde mobile cryotherapy chambers. She has numerous publications in the topic area of cryotherapy, including its effects on JPS. Jill is currently undertaking her PhD in the area of cryotherapeutic interventions within rugby union alongside some commercial research projects.


MSc, UCLan, 2011.

BSc (HONS) First Class Sports Therapy, UCLan, 2008.


An exploratory study into the effects of a 20 minute crushed ice application on knee joint position sense during a small knee bend.

Postural characteristics of female dressage riders using 3D motion analysis and the effects of an athletic taping technique: A randomised control trial.

The effect of three different (-135°C) whole body cryotherapy exposure durations on elite rugby league players.

Determining the clinical effectiveness of a passive gravity assisted traction (PGAT) device in the management of simple, mechanical low back pain.

Quantification of standing balance in horse riders. S.J. Hobbs, V.L, Broom, J. Baxter, L. Dagg, J. Alexander. 2012.

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Research Activities

Supervisor of dissertation research activity third year Sports Therapy Students.

Supervisor for Nuffield Student Research Internships.

Whole-body cryotherapy and its application in elite sports.

Commercially funded research projects in the areas of cryotherapy and low back pain.

PhD interest in the effects of cryotherapeutic modalities at the lower limb in rugby union populations.

External Activities

Lead Therapist WRUFC and Medic for Yorkshire County Senior XV Squad.


Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy clinical research projects and evidence based practice.


The Society of Sports Therapists

Member of the Sports Massage Association

RFU Immediate Trauma Level 3

Yorkshire Counties RFU Medics


Thermomed Conference, 2014, Frankfurt, Germany.

The Society for Back Pain Research, 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

16th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics, 2015, Portsmouth, UK.

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