Dr Richard Foster is a Lecturer in Biomechanics, contributing to the delivery of Biomechanics-related content on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including; Principles of Biomechanics (SPOR10042), Experimental Biomechanics (SPOR20042), Applied Biomechanics (SPOR30042) and Biomechanics of Optimal Performance (SPOR40291).
Dr Foster conducts research as part of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group.
Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University in 2014, Dr Foster was a Research Assistant in Virtual Rehabilitation (2009-2010) and PhD Student in Virtual Rehabilitation at Liverpool John Moores University (2009-2012), a Postdoctoral Researcher in Vision and Gait at the University of Bradford (2012-2014) and a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln (2014).
Dr Foster previously focused on how the effects of virtual reality game training, aimed at improving control of movement of the trunk and pelvis segments (core) in children with Cerebral Palsy, impacted on activities of daily living.
Dr Foster’s current research focuses on falls in the elderly, by investigating the compensatory mechanisms required during gait and adaptive gait tasks such as stair negotiation, obstacle crossing and lower limb end point precision tasks. Ongoing research focuses largely on the role of vision during adaptive gait and the associated risk factors in older adults. In addition, Dr Foster is conducting research centred upon understanding the compensatory mechanisms in young and older adult populations with pathology and at high risk of falling.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Science and Technology exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
Dr Foster is a professional member of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR) and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
Sponsors and collaborators
Dr Foster has existing research collaborations with:
- School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Bradford, UK
- Division of Medical Engineering in the School of Engineering, University of Bradford, UK
- Safety on stairs: Influence of a tread edge highlighter and its position. Foster RJ, Hotchkiss J, Buckley JG and Elliott DB, Experimental Gerontology, 2014, 55, 152-158
- Stair-specific algorithms for identification of touch-down and foot-off when descending or ascending a non-instrumented staircase. Foster RJ, De Asha AR, Reeves ND, Maganaris CN and Buckley JG, Gait and Posture, 2014, 39, 816-821
- The effects of virtual reality game training on trunk to pelvis coupling in a child with cerebral palsy. Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Holmes G and Butler PB, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2013, 10 (15)
- Playing the goblin post office game improves movement control of the core: A case study. Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Holmes G and Butler PB, Proceedings of the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation; 27–29th June 2011, Zurich
- Movement control of the trunk and pelvis in cerebral palsy diplegia. Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Butler P, Holmes G and Foster RJ, Gait & Posture, 2009, 30, S147-S148
- Movement co-ordination of the pelvis in a virtual game environment. Foster RJ, Hawken MB and Barton GJ, Gait & Posture, 2008, 28, S10-S11
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