Rich Foster


Staff Group(s)


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.

Career overview

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).

Research areas

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.

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


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