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Prof. Jim Richards

Professor in Biomechanics

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB118

+44 (0) 1772 89 4575

Jim Richards was appointed Professor in Biomechanics in the Department of Allied Health Professions Unit at the University of Central Lancashire in 2004.

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Professor Richards' research includes much work on clinical application of biomechanics, the development of new assessment tools for chronic disease, conservative and surgical management of orthopaedic and neurological conditions, and development of evidence based approaches for improving clinical management and rehabilitation. The focus of Professor Richards' work is to encourage inter-professional research and to develop direct parallels with research to the ‘real world’ of allied health work.

Professor Richards has authored many research papers and has contributed to a number of text books, including Functional Biomechanics in Clinic and Research (2008) and Tidy’s Physiotherapy (2003 and 2008), the 10th edition of Mercer’s Orthopaedic Surgery (2012) and is editor of the 5th edition of Whittle’s Gait Analysis.

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Selfe J, Richards J, Thewlis D, Kilmurray S (2008). The Biomechanics of Step Descent under Different Treatment Modalities used in Patellofemoral Pain. Gait and Posture; 27(2), 258-263.

Richards, J., Thewlis, D., Selfe, J., Cunningham, A.. and Hayes, C (2008). A Biomechanical Investigation of a Single-Limb Squat: Implications for Lower Extremity Rehabilitation Exercise. Journal of Athletic Training; 43(5), 477-482

Selfe, J., Thewlis, D., Hill, S., Whitaker, J., Sutton, C. and Richards, J (2011). A Clinical Study of the Biomechanics of Step Descent Using Different Treatment Modalities for Patellofemoral Pain. Gait & Posture; 34, 92-96.

Jones R., Nester C., Richards, J., Kim, W., Johnson, D., Jari, S., Laxton, P. and Tyson, S (2013). A comparison of the biomechanical effects of valgus knee braces and lateral wedged insoles in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Gait Posture; 37(3), 368 – 372.

More publications



A randomised, assessor blinded controlled trial evaluating the conservative of treatment tennis elbow patients

Biomechanical effects of different treatment modalities used in knee pain during stair descent

The use of different designs of foot orthoses in the treatment of early rheumatoid arthritis

The effect of taping and bracing on the stability of the knee

Effects of patellar taping on knee joint proprioception in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome

The effect of cardan sequence on knee joint kinematics

The biomechanics of knee bracing in the conservative management of Osteoarthritis

Three-dimensional kinematics of the lower forelimb of the horse

Treatment of patellofemoral pain and anterior knee movement in cycling

Stability in ankle bracing

The biomechanics of single limb squats at different decline angles

Biofeedback in Immersive Digital Environments for Rehabilitation

The biomechanical changes following total knee replacement

Three−dimensional analysis of shoulder movement patterns in shoulders with anterior instability: A comparison of kinematics with normal shoulders and influence of stabilization surgery.

The biomechanics of functional activities following high tibial osteotomy for patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis

The efficacy of common physiotherapy interventions in the treatment of a frozen shoulder

An investigation of the reliability and validity of the Trendelenburg test as a measure of dynamic pelvic stability in normal healthy adults

The biomechanics of lower limb tasks in obese and non-obese individuals

Investigation of the functional benefits of Lycra Suits in the management of Cerebral Palsy

The use of ankle foot orthoses in the management of Cerebral Palsy

Wheelchair users and carers participation in the Urban Environment

Gait Initiation Failure in People with Parkinson’s Disease

The biomechanics of functional activities following total knee replacement


Areas of Interest

  • Clinical application of biomechanics
  • The development of new assessment tools for chronic disease
  • Conservative and surgical management of orthopaedic and neurological conditions
  • The development of evidence based approaches for improving clinical management and rehabilitation



Jim Richards. The conservative and surgical management of ankle and knee instability. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association. February 2013

Jim Richards. Biomechanics of the foot and ankle. Taiwan Healthcare. February 2013

Jim Richards. Seminars in India to Biomedical engineers, orthopedic surgeons, Physiotherapists, Orthotists and Prosthetists. February 2013

J Richards, K Payne, D Myatt, A Chohan. Do orthotic walkers affect knee and hip function during gait? ISPO World Congress. Hyderabad India, 2013