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Karen May

Principal lecturer, Academic lead for Performance & Rehabilitation Medicine

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA111

+44 (0) 1772 89 5488

kamay@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Allied Health, Physiotherapy

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 a senior lecturer at UCLan in 2005 completing her PGCE L&THE in 2009, becoming principal lecturer for the Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy in 2012. Karen set up and managed the University of Central Lancashire Physiotherapy Clinic before joining the School of Medicine in 2018 as Principal Lecturer in Performance & Rehabilitation Medicine.

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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 a number of years providing physiotherapy treatment for a wide range of professional footballers, athletes, squash, rugby players from union and league, and Olympic athletes from several disciplines She is currently the physiotherapist of choice for many England and British Fell & 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 taught on the undergraduate sports science degree program at Leeds Metropolitan University and lectured for Sports coach UK 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 Principal Lecturer & Academic Lead for the Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy in 2012, developing several new programmes alongside the development and management of the on site University of Central Lancashire Physiotherapy Clinic.

 

Publications

...Alexander, Jill ORCID: 0000-0002-6492-1621, Richards, James ORCID: 0000-0002-4004-3115, Attah, Obed, Cheema, Sameet, Snook, Joanna, Wisdell, Chloe, May, Karen Alison ORCID: 0000-0001-9621-8466 and Selfe, James (2018) Delayed effects of a 20-minute crushed ice application on knee joint position sense assessed by a functional task during a re-warming period. Gait & Posture, 62 . pp. 173-178. ISSN 0966-6362

...Richards, Jim ORCID: 0000-0002-4004-3115, Selfe, James, Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth ORCID: 0000-0002-2231-3732, May, Karen Alison ORCID: 0000-0001-9621-8466 and Thomas, Gavin Michael (2016) The Effect of Different Decline Angles on the Biomechanics of Double Limb Squats and the Implications to Clinical and Training Practice. Journal of Human Kinetics, 52 (1). pp. 125-138. ISSN 1640-5544

… Selfe, James, Alexander, Jill ORCID: 0000-0002-6492-1621, Costello, Joseph T, May, Karen Alison ORCID: 0000-0001-9621-8466, Garratt, Nigel John, Atkins, Stephen, Dillon, Stephanie ORCID: 0000-0002-3369-8199, Hurst, Howard Thomas ORCID: 0000-0001-7889-8592, Davison, Matthew et al (2014) The Effect of Three Different (-135°C) Whole Body Cryotherapy Exposure Durations on Elite Rugby League Players. PLoS ONE, 9 (1). e86420. ISSN 1932-6203

…Hanzlíková, I, Richards, Jim ORCID: 0000-0002-4004-3115, Tomsa, M, Chohan, Ambreen ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-7832, May, Karen Alison ORCID: 0000-0001-9621-8466, Smékal, D and Selfe, James (2016) The effect of proprioceptive knee bracing on knee stability during three different sport related movement tasks in healthy subjects and the implications to the management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries. Gait and Posture, 48 . pp. 165-170. ISSN 0966-6362

Research groups

Allied Health Professions Research Unit with an interest in Biomechanics and rehabilitation

 

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Head of Performance & Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Course Leader for MSc Sports Medicine and MSC Musculoskeletal Management

Memberships

  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapist
  • Member of HCPC