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Sport rehabilitation MRes supervisors

nick-clarkDr Nicholas Clark

Nick is a Knee Consultant Physiotherapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with more than 20 years of clinical experience spanning the NHS, private practice, elite sport, and the military. He is a Senior Lecturer on the undergraduate and post-graduate Sport Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, and research programmes at St Mary’s University. Nick is also a Manuscript Reviewer for The Knee, Physical Therapy in Sport, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy), Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, and a Research Funding Application Reviewer for the Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK.

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Nick’s specialist areas span sport (male and female games players) and the military, and include sensorimotor control of knee joint stability (including proprioception and neuromuscular control), the knee injury control process (injury prevention, acute care, rehabilitation), and the treatment and management of primary and secondary (post-trauma) knee osteoarthritis.

MRes project areas

There are three areas that Nick would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. For some projects, there can be the opportunity to work with elite games players and orthopaedic surgeons. Alternatively, MRes candidates are invited to propose their own lower limb (hip, knee, ankle) research ideas as well. The three areas are:

  • Sex differences in sensorimotor control of knee joint stability and biomechanics
  • Knee (ACL, MCL) injury prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation
  • Treatment and management of primary and secondary (post-trauma) knee osteoarthritis


Elaine Mullally

Elaine is the BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer on the programme at St Mary’s University. Elaine has previously worked in a variety of settings including with elite level athletes, in semi-professional sport and in private practice.

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Elaine’s specialist areas are: netball injury and prevention, injury prevention, screening for injury risk, knee injury in female athletes.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Elaine would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. These are:

  • Landing biomechanics in adolescent female athletes
  • Netball injury situation and mechanism
  • Sport specific interventions for injury prevention linked to landing  

Tel: 020 8240 4093

stephanie-lazarczukStephanie Lazarczuk

Stephanie is a Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary’s University, teaching across both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Stephanie has worked clinically in a number of environments, including with professional sports clubs, the Ministry of Defence and in private clinical practice.

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Stephanie’s areas of interest tend to have a sporting or injury-centric focus with areas including: hip, groin and thigh injuries; Rugby Union kicking injury mechanics and risk factors; epidemiology of injuries; muscular adaptation to exercise; the effect of injury on objective markers.

MRes project areas

Potential projects that would be open to MRes candidates would be:

  • Thigh musculature adaptation to exercise in healthy and/or injured populations
  • Descriptive studies investigating the demands of exercises for specific muscle groups, e.g. the Quadriceps (including Rectus femoris), hamstrings, or Adductors
  • Development of return to play protocols and screening strategies
  • Development of exercise protocols to mitigate risk of injury or re-injury

Tel: 020 8240 4000 (1404)