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Dr Peter Francis PhD, IAPT STO is the director of the Musculoskeletal Health Research Group at Leeds Beckett University.
Following his PhD investigating age-related change in muscle quality, Peter’s research broadly focuses on muscle function. This includes several areas of interest. The measurement of age-related change in muscle quality contributes toward developing diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia as well as assessing the muscular health of retired rugby players. Peter’s work on injury-related change in muscle function and responses to therapeutic intervention focuses on footballers and endurance athletes. He is aiming to chart muscle function pre-, during and post-injury, as it is becoming increasingly clear that deficits in muscle function can remain even when MRI imaging appears clear, suggesting that imaging alone cannot govern return-to-play criteria.
With a background in sport and exercise science from the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland, Peter became interested in overuse injuries from his own experiences as an endurance runner and completed a BSc Physical Therapy. As a result he has been involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of a number of European, World and Olympic athletes in the sport of athletics. Peter is also an IAAF level 4 endurance coach and ran the endurance programme at the University of Limerick from 2010 to 2013. Peter uses his combined knowledge of exercise science and rehabilitation to provide athlete training camp support and coach education for the Athletics Association of Ireland. Most recently, Peter was team manager for the Irish athletics team at the European Junior Championships in Sweden.
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