Michael Callaghan

Michael Callaghan, Ph.D., M.Phil., MCSP.

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Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Manchester,

Clinical Specialist, Department of Physiotherapy, Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Previous posts

1983 - 1985  Junior Physiotherapist, Wrightington Hospital

1985 - 1987  Senior Physiotherapist, Centre for Hip Surgery, Wrightington Hospital

1987 - 1988  Senior Physiotherapist, Orthopaedics, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

1988 - 1997  Senior Physiotherapist, Out Patients, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

1993 - 1994  Superintendent Physiotherapist (Acting), Royal Liverpool University Hospital

1997 - 2001  Research Physiotherapist, Centre for Rehabilitation Science, University of Manchester

2001 - 2003  Human Performance Laboratory Manager, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Manchester

Other Physiotherapist posts

Rugby & Football

1984 - 1988  Wigan Rugby League Club

1986 - 1987  Lancashire Under 18 Rugby League Team

1988 - 1994  Everton Football Club


1984  Great Britain Cycling Team, Tour de Normandie

1987  Scottish Cycling Team, Tour of Lancashire

1987  Great Britain Professional Cycling Team, The Milk Race

1989  Great Britain Cycling Team, Tour of Lancashire

1994  North Wirral Velo KODAK Cycling Team, Tour of Lancashire

1987 - 1989  Sports Injuries Unit, University of Liverpool

1987 - 2000  British Cycling Federation (Honorary)

Major Championships Physiotherapist

1986  Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh

1988  Great Britain Team, Olympic Games, Seoul

1990  England Team (Cycling), Commonwealth Games, Auckland

1992  Great Britain Team (Cycling), Olympic Games, Barcelona

1994  England Team (Cycling), Commonwealth Games, Victoria

1995  Chief Venue (Cycling), European Youth Olympic Days, Bath

1996  Great Britain Team (Cycling), Olympic Games, Atlanta

2002  Commonwealth Games, Manchester - Chief Physiotherapist (joint)

2004  Host City, Olympic Games, Athens

2012 Venue Medical Manager for Olympic Park, London Olympic Games

2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Venue Medical Manage, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Research interests

Dr. Michael Callaghan qualified in 1983 at Salford School of Physiotherapy and is a Research Fellow at Manchester University’s Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit and a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in the Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary. In the sports medicine context he has attended 5 Commonwealth Games and 5 Olympic Games as a physiotherapist, including London 2012, and was physiotherapist to Everton Football Club, Wigan Rugby League Club and the Great Britain Cycling Team.

His general area of research has been the assessment and rehabilitation of the lower limb. This involves the use of MMG, EMG, kinetic gait analysis, proprioceptive testing, isokinetic and isometric muscle testing and electrical stimulation to assess muscle inhibition. He has instigated the first study to assess the use of therapeutic bracing on the patellofemoral joint using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

His research degrees of M.Phil awarded by Liverpool University and Ph.D. at Manchester University focussed the patellofemoral joint in particular. His recent work on patellofemoral pain syndrome has been the further development of functional joint and muscle evaluation and the use of both brain and knee MR imaging to monitor the effects of non-operative treatment for the knee such as taping and bracing. His involvement with the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at Manchester University now includes the treatment of patellofemoral pain caused by osteoarthritis and he was involved in a 5 year study of patellofemoral bracing on synovitis and bone marrow oedema in patellofemoral OA; this was the largest ever clinical trial on bracing in patellaofmeoral OA. He is PI for a follow on studies on bracing for patellofemoral OA.

My collaborations

  • Dr Shane McKie School of Community Based Medicine: Psychiatry Research Group
  • Dr Steve Roberts
    School of Community Based Medicine: Health Methodology Research Group

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

1984 -          British Association of Sports Medicine

1997 - 2002  Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice

1995 -         Society for Research in Rehabilitation (full member)

1995 -         Physiotherapy Research Society

1994           Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow

1987 - 2000 British Olympic Association Physiotherapy Committee for Cycling

2004 -         Society of Orthopaedic Medicine



1983  Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, University College Salford

1993  MPhil, Movement Science & Physical Edication, University of Liverpool.  Thesis Title: Gait analysis of patients with anterior knee pain.

2002  PhD, Centre for Rehabilitation Science, University of Manchester.  Thesis Title: Electrical stimulation of the quadriceps muscle group in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome.


1983  Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)

1983  Member of Health Professions Council

2004  Diploma of Injection Therapy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University

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