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Yr Athro Nicola Phillips OBE

Yr Athro Nicola Phillips


Athro: Ffisiotherapi

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+44 (0)29 206 87557
Ystafell 2F12, 2il lawr, Tŷ Aberteifi, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Caerdydd CF14 4XN
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I am a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist. I am Programme Manager for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy and academic lead in the University$acirc;  s Inspire Performance Physiotherapy clinic. I also work as a part time clinician for the Vale Hospital.

My main area of experience is in the field of sports injury management, with a specific interest in sports rehabilitation. Sports experience includes working with the Welsh and British Weightlifting teams, professional rugby Union, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. I currently provide consultancy support for Sport Wales High Performance Unit and Welsh Rugby Players Association. Research and clinical interest within this field is in functional rehabilitation of knee and shoulder injuries.


I worked as a clinician for 16 years prior to joining the academic staff at Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Studies. I completed a MSc in Sports Injury and Therapy in Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 and a PhD in functional coping in ACL deficiency in 2004. I now am now Director for Innovation and International and Programme Manager MSc Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy.


  • Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 2011
  • International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) European Travelling Fellowship recipient 2004.

Professional activities

  • Associate Editor British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Board Director of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales
  • President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy
  • Vice President, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine
  • Chief Physiotherapist for Team GB for Beijing Olympics
  • Member of editorial board of Physical Therapy in Sport


  • Physical Therapy in Sport
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Sports Science
  • Journal of Athletic Training

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) European Travelling Fellowship recipient 2004
  • Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 2011
  • Honorary Life Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Health Care Professions Council
  • Registered International Sports Physical Therapist

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • Director for Innovation and International School of Healthcare Studies
  • Vice Dean School of Healthcare Sciences

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Various national and international conferences and workshops, covering topics around sports specific functional rehabilitation.











  • Phillips, N. 2010. Motor learning. In: Everett, T. and Kell, C. eds. Human Movement: An Introductory Text. 6th ed.. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, pp. 85-101.






I completed my PhD in Cardiff University on the challenges of functional coping in ACL deficiency. My current research has concentrated on the development of outcome and progression measures following musculoskeletal and sports injury, attempting to develop clinically accessible measures validated against laboratory equipment. This has included biomechanical analysis of lower limb dysfunction.

Motor control implications of musculoskeletal injury and subsequent motor learning strategies in functional sports rehabilitation has also been a particular area of interest through student supervision and independent small research projects. This has involved the effect of conditions such as functional ankle instability or ACL deficiency as well as post-exercise fatigue or ice packs on factors such as absorption power, muscle onset times, joint angular velocity and time taken to stabilize as well as accuracy in performance of skilled tasks.

Research has also involved similar measures investigating differences in functional performance of sporting activities, in injured versus healthy populations.


Past projects