Keele graduate’s dissertation research published in prestigious academic journal

A recent Keele graduate has had his undergraduate dissertation published in a prestigious academic journal.

Callum Telford, who graduated in 2019, rounded off his physiotherapy degree at Keele with the completion of his dissertation, titled “Normative performance values of modified Star Excursion Balance Test and Limb Symmetry in female adolescent footballers”.

The study evaluated a common assessment tool used to assess the performance of adolescent female footballers, and now thanks to a partnership with physiotherapy academics Dr Michael McCluskey and Dr Fraser Philp, the study has been published as a fully-fledged academic research paper, featuring in the journal Translational Sports Medicine.

Callum, who now works as a physiotherapist at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “I’ve learnt a lot while being at Keele, and the university definitely allowed me to explore and expand on my own interests. With the support from Dr Michael McCluskey and Dr Fraser Philp, I was able to pursue and undertake a project of my own design with an external collaborator.

“As a result of this continual support, I have now managed to publish my dissertation which will contribute meaningful research to the scientific evidence base for physiotherapy. I am now looking forward to my career as a clinical physiotherapist in the NHS and thinking/looking for further research opportunities.”

Callum’s dissertation supervisor, Dr Michael McCluskey, added: “Callum approached me in his second year of study with the beginnings of an idea for his research dissertation. Through the research curriculum we have in the School of Allied Health Professions, we were able to help him refine his research question and design, and support him through dissertation and publication processes.

“It was a pleasure to supervise Callum; he led this project independently throughout and worked to an excellent standard. I look forward to seeing the progression in his clinical and research career in the coming years.”

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