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Kathleen Walker

Research student, HCARE, School of Healthcare Sciences


I am a chartered Physiotherapist with a special interest in the prevention and treatment of running related injuries.

I qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002. I went on to work in the NHS for 10 years before moving into the private sector in 2012. In 2017 I was awarded an MSc in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy from Cardiff Univeristy. My dissertation focussed on the potential barriers that prevented women in Wales from participating in running.

In 2018 I was successful in applying for a KESS2 funded PhD studentship at Cardiff. My project is focussed on the prevention of running related injuries and is in partnership with KESS and Welsh Athletics/Run Wales.


Research interests

As a physiotherapist and a keen runner I am particularly interested (and passionate) about preventing running injuries. The focus of my current research is preventing running related injuries and helping runners to self manage injury. 

The current study is called Running Healthy, Running Strong and with the engagement of the running community, clincians and KESS company partners, I hope to better understand what works in running injury prevention for runners.


Running Healthy, Running Strong: The Development of A Running Injury Prevention Self-Management Platform for Recreational Runners

Running has become a global phenemenon in the last decade, providing recerational runners with many physical, emotional and social benefits. However alongside the increase in running participation there has been an increase in running related injuries. This project aims to establish the current evidence for running related injury which will lead into the development of an injury prevetion and self management tool with engagement from the running community, clincians and stakeholders (Welsh Athletics).

Funding source




Dr Liba Sheeran

Reader: Physiotherapy

Phillips, Nicola

Professor Nicola Phillips

Professor: Physiotherapy

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