Dr Richard Foster

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr. Richard Foster is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Richard is a member of the Research to Improve Stair Climbing Safety (RISCS) group and Alder Hey Orthopaedics Research Group, within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (LJMU). Externally, Richard is a professional member of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR).

Richard's research focus spans both paediatric and older adult populations, by investigating the compensatory mechanisms required from a biomechanical and sensory perspective to avoid tripping and falling, during activities of daily living such as overground gait, targeted stepping, obstacle crossing and stair negotiation. Richard uses novel technologies including Markerless motion capture (Theia3D), force-instrumented stairs, a 6DOF moving platform and eye tracking to explore the above research interests.

Dr. Foster has existing research collaborations with:
Theia Markerless Inc, Kingston Ontario, Canada.
Division of Medical Engineering in the School of Engineering, University of Bradford, UK.
School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Clinical Ageing Research Unit, Newcastle University, UK.

Degrees

2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Sports Biomechanics
2007, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc Sports Science

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics, Department of Sport Science, Nottingham Trent University, 2014 - 2016

Postgraduate training

Research Fellow, United Kingdom, University of Lincoln, 2014 - 2014
Postdoctoral Researcher in Gait and Vision, United Kingdom, University of Bradford, 2012 - 2014

Highlighted publications

Skervin TK, Thomas NM, Schofield AJ, Hollands MA, Maganaris CN, Foster RJ. 2021. The next step in optimising the stair horizontal-vertical illusion: Does a perception-action link exist in older adults? Experimental Gerontology, 149 :111309-111309 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Thomas NM, Skervin TK, Foster RJ, Parr JV, Carpenter MG, O'Brien TD, Maganaris CN, Baltzopoulos V, Lees C, Hollands MA. 2021. Influence of step-surface visual properties on confidence, anxiety, dynamic stability, and gaze behaviour in young and older adults Human Movement Science, 77 DOI Author Url Public Url

Foster RJ, Whitaker D, Scally AJ, Buckley JG, Elliott DB. 2015. What You See Is What You Step: The Horizontal-Vertical Illusion Increases Toe Clearance in Older Adults During Stair Ascent Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 56 :2950-2957 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Foster RJ, Hotchkiss J, Buckley JG, Elliott DB. 2014. Safety on stairs: Influence of a tread edge highlighter and its position Experimental Gerontology, 55 :152-158 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Skervin TK, Thomas NM, Schofield AJ, Hollands MA, Maganaris CN, O'Brien TD, Baltzopoulos V, Foster RJ. 2021. Using a stair horizontal-vertical illusion to increase foot clearance over an inconsistently taller stair-riser PLoS One, 16 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Skervin TK, Thomas NM, Schofield AJ, Hollands MA, Maganaris CN, Foster RJ. 2021. The next step in optimising the stair horizontal-vertical illusion: Does a perception-action link exist in older adults? Experimental Gerontology, 149 :111309-111309 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Thomas NM, Skervin TK, Foster RJ, Parr JV, Carpenter MG, O'Brien TD, Maganaris CN, Baltzopoulos V, Lees C, Hollands MA. 2021. Influence of step-surface visual properties on confidence, anxiety, dynamic stability, and gaze behaviour in young and older adults Human Movement Science, 77 DOI Author Url Public Url

Parr JVV, Foster RJ, Wood G, Thomas NM, Hollands MA. 2020. Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder Show Altered Visuomotor Control During Stair Negotiation Associated With Heightened State Anxiety FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 14 DOI Author Url Public Url

Bailey HGB, Kirk C, Mills RS, Foster RJ. 2020. A preliminary cross-sectional assessment of postural control responses to continuous platform rotations following a sport-related concussion Gait and Posture, 81 :213-217 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Parr JVV, Foster RJ, Wood G, Hollands MA. 2020. Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder Exhibit Greater Stepping Error Despite Similar Gaze Patterns and State Anxiety Levels to Their Typically Developing Peers FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 14 DOI Author Url Public Url

Foster RJ, Haley MR, Talbot IW, De Asha AR, Barnett CT. 2020. Individuals with unilateral transtibial amputation exhibit reduced accuracy and precision during a targeted stepping task Journal of Biomechanics, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Thomas N, Skervin T, Foster R, O'Brien T, carpenter M, Maganaris C, Baltzopoulos V, Lees C, Hollands M. 2020. Optimal lighting levels for stair safety: influence of lightbulb type and brightness on confidence, dynamic balance and stepping characteristics Experimental Gerontology, 132 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Foster RJ, Maganarisa CN, Reeves ND, Buckley JG. 2019. Centre of mass control is reduced in older people when descending stairs at an increased riser height GAIT & POSTURE, 73 :305-314 DOI Author Url Public Url

Osateerakun P, Barton G, Foster R, Bennett S, Lakshminarayan R. 2018. P 037 – Prediction of moments from movements without force platforms using artificial neural networks: A pilot test Gait and Posture, 65 :299-300 DOI Author Url

Elliott DB, Hotchkiss J, Scally AJ, Foster R, Buckley JG. 2016. Intermediate addition multifocals provide safe stair ambulation with adequate 'short-term' reading Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 36 :60-68 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Elliott DB, Foster RJ, Whitaker D, Scally AJ, Buckley JG. 2015. Analysis of lower limb movement to determine the effect of manipulating the appearance of stairs to improve safety: a linked series of laboratory-based, repeated measures studies Public Health Research, 3 :1-56 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Foster RJ, Whitaker D, Scally AJ, Buckley JG, Elliott DB. 2015. What You See Is What You Step: The Horizontal-Vertical Illusion Increases Toe Clearance in Older Adults During Stair Ascent Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 56 :2950-2957 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Foster RJ, Hotchkiss J, Buckley JG, Elliott DB. 2014. Safety on stairs: Influence of a tread edge highlighter and its position Experimental Gerontology, 55 :152-158 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Foster RJ, De Asha AR, Reeves ND, Maganaris CN, Buckley JG. 2014. Stair-specific algorithms for identification of touch-down and foot-off when descending or ascending a non-instrumented staircase GAIT & POSTURE, 39 :816-821 DOI Author Url

Foster RJ, De Asha AR, Reeves ND, Maganaris CN, Buckley JG. 2014. Stair-specific algorithms for identification of touch-down and foot-off when descending or ascending a non-instrumented staircase Gait and Posture, 39 :816-821 DOI

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Holmes G, Butler PB. 2013. The effects of virtual reality game training on trunk to pelvis coupling in a child with cerebral palsy Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 10 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Holmes G, Butler PB. 2011. Playing the Goblin Post Office game improves movement control of the core: A case study International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), 2011, :1-5 DOI

Foster RJ, Buckley JG, Whitaker D, Elliott DB. The addition of stripes (a version of the ‘horizontal-vertical illusion’) increases foot clearance when crossing low-height obstacles Ergonomics, :1-6 DOI

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