Trauma Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Health (TRaMH)

About us

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect over 10 million people in the UK alone, with high social and economic impact and approximately 30 million working days lost per year.

This research theme focuses on the spectrum of topics, including:

  • diagnosis and management of sporting injuries
  • evaluation of MSK health in patients suffering from long-term conditions across the lifespan
  • prehabilitation strategies in cancer patients
  • prevention and rehabilitation techniques for sport injuries and use of virtual reality.

This incorporates investigation of social, psychological and biomedical factors and therefore necessitates an interdisciplinary approach across the group. 

Physiotherapy session

Research impact

Using augmented reality for rehabilitation

The group holds regular seminars (in line with OxINMAHR strategy), disseminates knowledge through research-informed teaching on Physiotherapy and other faculty programmes and hosts CPD activities with clinicians to facilitate transfer to clinical practice.


Anne Delextrat

Dr Anne Delextrat

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

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Mark Williams

Dr Mark Williams

Programme Lead for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

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Name Role Email
Dr Johnny Collett Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation
Professor Helen Dawes Honorary Professor
Dr Patrick Esser Reader in Sport and Rehabilitation Technology
Gill Jones Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Dr Jon Room Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Dr Adam White Senior Lecturer in Sport and Coaching Sciences


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Ed Daly Concussion characterisation using current concussion diagnosis and evaluation measures compared to novel objective testing methods Dr Adam White, Dr Patrick Esser


Owen Gustafson Evaluating the musculoskeletal health state of Intensive Care Unit survivors: The MSK-ICU study (led by OUH) Dr Mark Williams, Professor Helen Dawes


Dr Erin Hannink The exploration of spinal curvature in the sagittal plane Dr Anne Delextrat, Professor Helen Dawes


Elizabeth King Living with MSK impairments following critical illness Dr Annabel Williams, Dr Mark Williams


Ali Aminalsharieh Najafi The impact of immersive technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality on the performance and rehabilitation outcomes of young people after sport-related injuries Dr Anne Delextrat, Professor Helen Dawes


Mrs Robyn Stiger Prehabilitation for cancer patients Dr Johnny Collett, Dr Mark Williams



Name Role Organisation
Professor Karen Barker Professor of Physiotherapy Physiotherapy Research Unit, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Dr Beth Fordham Senior Psychology Research Fellow NDORMS
Dr David Keene NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford (RRiO)
Professor Annina Schmid Associate Professor Oxford Neuroscience

Key publications