Senior Lecturer - Sport Science
Rik completed a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science at Northumbria University in 1999 and worked in Sports Development and Elite Athlete support in the North East before graduating with a second Bachelor in Sport Rehabilitation at the University of Salford in 2003.
Following that, Rik worked in private practice in the field of injury screening, profiling and rehabilitation with private clients; mainly within running and triathlon and has also been a Sport Massage Therapist and support team member to British Triathlon, travelling to two World Championships in Hamburg and Vancouver.
Rik joined St Mary's in 2006 and is a Senior Lecturer delivering musculoskeletal anatomy, human movement, sport injury and rehabilitation/ conditioning content to Foundation, BSc and MSc programmes in Health and Fitness, Sports Coaching, Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning.
For an MSc in Applied Biomechanics from Strathclyde University, Rik focussed on the area of minimalist footwear in running, investigating the effects of varying footwear on the muscle activity and kinematics in the lower limb.
Rik began a PhD in Bioanthropology with Cambridge University in April 2014 researching skeletal plasticity and adaptation to extreme habitual athletic activities in relation to evolutionary concepts of the lower limb and foot.
Additionally Rik is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA and has in the past supported athletes from the national TASS programme as well as individual clients in a range of rehabilitation and conditioning via Sport and Health Services.
Away from work, Rik can usually be found either on his bike, in the pool, lake or river, or on his feet competing or taking part in long distance swimming, running or cycling events, often raising money for a range of charities.