Dr Williams received training both in the UK and Australia and has emerged as a prominent researcher in the field of Physiotherapy and Biomechanics. He enjoys the challenge of experimental measurement and is passionate about the fusion of Physiotherapy with Engineering.
Having joined BU as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Jon brings a wealth of clinical and academic experience. He received his BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Southampton, Master of Manipulative Therapy degree from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Roehampton, London. He has held positions in the University of Brighton and visiting research fellowships within the engineering department of Cardiff University and School of Healthcare Studies, University of Southampton.
Jon has a keen interest in the use of engineering principles to solve biomechanical and clinical problems. This has been applied to create novel measurement solutions for motion analysis which has been applied to many body regions. Such methods have also been applied to investigate the mechanisms behind movement alterations evident in low back pain sufferers, with a special focus on pain. This work has led to international conference presentations, publications and being commissioned by an engineering company to work on novel clinical applications for their technology.
Jon is currently a Principal Academic and the Head of Education for the Department of Human Sciences and Public Health at Bournemouth University. This roles sees him working with 7 healthcare programmes to optimise their delivery. He is passionate about the transformative nature of (higher) education. He thrives on the challenge of making education engaging and believes strongly in student co-creation as a valuable tool to enhance education.

Research

My current research is focussed on Biomechanics in Sport and Clinical Biomechanics.

Cricket
Our research into cricket looks to investigate in field measurement of spinal motion and front foot impact as well as categorise playing surface properties. It is hoped the results will help inform safer playing recommendations and serve to assist in the understanding of these factors in the development of back pain.

Rugby
Our research has captured spinal motion and muscle activity from real-live scrummaging. This novel techniques allows us to estimate the cervical loading as well as investigate the spinal kinematics experienced by the front row.

Clinical
A novel measurement solution has been created to investigate the regional breakdown of spinal motion and the relationship between hip and spine. This quick and simple technique affords the clinician a wealth of information regarding movement behviour.
It is hoped such methods will form part of an instrumented assessment for clinicians.

Our research aims to develop a novel method of measuring shoulder joint proprioception. This novel method will be used to explore the effects of pain and rehabilitation of shoulder joint proprioception with the aim of informing rehabilitation protocols.

Other areas of interest include the measurement of balance and impact.

Publications

Grants