James is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist based in Port Stephens on the New South Wales mid-north coast. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Sturt University in 2011, he has worked in a variety of settings including sports and musculoskeletal private practice, amateur sporting teams, and indigenous health. James’ passion for assisting runners like himself, to overcome injury, improve performance and achieve their running-related goals, lead him to pursue further study. In 2019 he graduated from La Trobe University with a Master of Sport Physiotherapy. It was a clinical placement with Dr Christian Barton which sparked his interest to pursue a research pathway.
James is currently combining part-time work and completing a Master of Applied Science by research at the La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. His research will investigate the prevention and management of knee pain in runners. By undertaking a qualitative study on a cohort of runners with a past history of knee surgery, he aims to gain an insight in their beliefs and attitudes about running and long-term knee joint health, effective management and injury prevention strategies. These findings will assist to inform a future intervention study.