Jim Richards, PhD

Jim Richards, PhD

Professor in Biomechanics

University of Central Lancashire
School of Health Sciences

Jim Richards received a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Plymouth (England) in 1991, an MSc in Bioengineering from Strathclyde University (Scotland) in 1992 and a PhD in Biomechanics of Rehabilitation from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland) in 1998.

He was appointed Professor in Biomechanics and Research Lead for the Allied Health Research unit at University of Central Lancashire in 2004. He holds International Professorial Chair positions in Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Brazil, and Honorary Fellowships at several UK Hospitals. Professor Richards’ work includes the clinical application of biomechanics, the development of new assessment tools for chronic disease, and the conservative and surgical management of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. The focus of

Professor Richards work is the development of evidence based approaches for improving patient care with a particular focus on neuromuscular control, and to encourage inter-professional research and to develop direct parallels with research to the ‘real world’ of allied health work.

Research Interests
  • Clinical biomechanics
  • Development of objective clinical assessments of neuromuscular control
  • Effects of mechanical and proprioceptive interventions in orthopaedic conditions
  • Assessment of Quality of Movement in neurological conditions
  • Identification of responders and non-responders and clinical subgroups


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