Dr Dale Cooper

Dale is a Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Leicester. Having received support from the Professional Footballers’ Association, he graduated from Brunel University Sports Sciences Department in 2001 with 1st class honours. He subsequently completed the MSc (Pre-registration) degree in Physiotherapy from Teesside University in January 2004. He was a recipient of a National Institute of Health Research Fellowship in 2009-2010, and was funded by Arthritis Research UK to undertake a PhD (by thesis) in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Nottingham in 2013-2016.

Dale has practised as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the NHS, and has served for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, and the England and Wales Cricket Board. Prior to joining the University of Leicester, he was the Course Lead for the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree at Birmingham City University; a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at York St John University; a Senior Research Fellow in the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at the University of Nottingham; and Assistant Professor in Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham. 

Research interests

Dale’s research interests are in adult orthopaedics, especially of the knee, with a particular interest in knee osteoarthritis in community and elite sporting populations. He previously coordinated the British Olympic Association’s Olympian Study, and was Principle Investigator responsible for designing a parallel study examining pain mechanisms in knee osteoarthritis. Dale is currently a Co-Investigator on the Retired Olympians Musculoskeletal Health Study supported by the World Olympians Association.

Peer reviewed publications

  • Cooper, D., et al. (2020). Prevalence and factors associated with low back pain in Great Britain’s Olympic athletes: a cross-sectional study [in submission].
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. (2018). Factors associated with pain and osteoarthritis at the hip and knee in Great Britain’s Olympians: a cross-sectional study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 52(17), 1101-1108. doi:10.1136/ bjsports-2017-098315 
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. (2018). Development and validation of self-reported line drawings of the modified Beighton score for the assessment of generalised joint hypermobility. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18 (1). 11. DOI 10.1186/s12874-017-0464-8

Conference papers

  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. (2016). Great Britain’s Olympians with generalised joint hypermobility have a higher prevalence of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 24 (Supp 1). S218.
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. (2016). The prevalence and factors associated with knee pain in Great Britain’s Olympians aged 40 years and older. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 24 (Supp 1). S212-S213.
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. (2016). Preventative risk factors for osteoarthritis in Great Britain’s Olympians. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(4).

Conference presentations

  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. Health in retired Olympic athletes, British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Conference, University of Bath, 12th October 2017.
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. Preventative risk factors for osteoarthritis in Great Britain’s Olympians, IOC World Conference: Prevention of Injury and Illness, Monaco, 12-14th March 2017.
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. Great Britain’s Olympians with Generalised Joint Hypermobility Have a Higher Prevalence of Knee Osteoarthritis, OARSI, Amsterdam, 31st March-April 3rd 2016.
  • Cooper, D., Scammell, B., Batt, M., Palmer-Green, D. An Olympic Sports Career: A Greater Risk of Osteoarthritis and Arthroplasty? Arthritis Research UK Centre for Physical Activity, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Conference, Loughborough University, 17th December 2015.

Research collaborations

  • Co-investigator on the World Olympians Association: Retired Olympians Musculoskeletal Health Study.