Jill Alexander

Jill Alexander

Senior Lecturer and Course Lead BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB119

+44 (0) 1772 89 2781


Subject Areas: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Since qualifying as a Sports Therapist in 2008 Jill has worked in professional rugby union for Wharfedale RUFC and Yorkshire Counties RFU, France U20’s World Cup. She completed her MSc in 2012. She has experience in lecturing on the BSc Sports Therapy, MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation, Masters by Research and PhD supervision at UCLan.

Jill is research active in the subject areas of cryotherapy, whole-body cryotherapy in elite rugby league players, and quantification of equine rider posture and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit.


Full Profile

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 eleven years and is head therapist at Wharfedale RUFC for the first XV squad and part of Yorkshire County Seniors RFU medical team and worked with the French National Squad at the U20’s World Cup. Jill 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, quantification of equine rider posture, 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 a number commercial research projects in sport.


  • University of Central Lancashire BSc (HONS) Sports Therapy (First Class) 2008
  • University of Central Lancashire MSc (by Research) 2012
  • Currently undertaking PhD.

Research Activities

  • KTP Research Supervisor
  • MSc Football, Science and Rehabilitation Dissertation Supervisor.
  • MSc BSc Sports Therapy Dissertation Supervisor.
  • Supervisor for Nuffield Student Research Internships.
  • PhD Supervisor
  • Whole-body cryotherapy and its application in elite sports.
  • Commercially funded research projects in the areas of cryotherapy, low back pain and quantification of equine rider posture.
  • PhD interest in the effects of cryotherapeutic modalities at the lower limb in rugby union populations.


  • Cryotherapy
  • Equine & Rider

External Affiliations

  • Medical Lead WRUFC
  • Yorkshire RFU Therapist Senior XV

Teaching Activities

  • Course Lead BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy.
  • Senior Lecturer BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, MSc Football, Science and Rehabilitation.
  • KTP Supervisor UCLan & MMU 2018 - 2021
  • MRes Supervisor
  • PhD supervision


  • Sports Kongress, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 16th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics, 2015, Portsmouth, UK.
  • Thermomed Conference, 2014, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • The Society for Back Pain Research, 2014, Dublin, Ireland.


  • HEA Fellow
  • D2
  • The Society of Sports Therapists
  • Member of the Sports Massage Association
  • RFU Immediate Trauma Level 3
  • Yorkshire Counties RFU Medics
  • British Dressage Association
  • RFU