Dr Craig Ranson

 

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​Senior Lect​​​urer & Programme Director

Telephone: +44 29 2020 5834
Email address: 
cranson@cardiffmet.ac.uk 

Dr Craig Ranson is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Sports Physiotherapist with the Wales Rugby Team. His previous posts include UK Athletics Chief Physiotherapist and National Lead Physiotherapist to the England and Wales Cricket Board. Craig is a consultant to a variety of sporting organisations including the International Cricket Council and the Sports Medicine Department of the University of the West Indies. His research focuses on sports injury prevention and management.​

Research / Publications

Craig and Dr Isabel Moore lead the Cardiff School of Sport, Sports injury Research Group (SiRG). SiRG collaborates with governing bodies such as the Welsh Rugby Union, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council to provide Injury Risk Management services and research.

List of Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Davies, M., Moore, I., Moran, P. , Mathema, P., & Ranson, C.A. (2015). Cervical Range of Motion, Cervical and Shoulder Strength in Senior versus Age-grade Rugby Union International Front-Row Forwards. Physical Therapy in Sport, accepted.

Mathema, P., Evans, D., Moore, I., Ranson, C.A., & Martin, R. . (2015). Concussed or not? An assessment of concussion experience and knowledge within elite and semi-professional Rugby Union. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000256.

Moore, I., Ranson, C.A., & Mathema, P. (2015). Injury risk in International Rugby Union: Three-year injury surveillance of one National team. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(7) DOI: 10.1177/2325967115596194

King, M. A., Worthington, P. J., & Ranson, C. A. (2015). Does maximising ball speed in cricket fast bowling necessitate higher ground reaction forces? Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1069375

Varley, I., Hughes, D. C., Greeves, J. P., Stellingwerff, T., Ranson, C., Fraser, W. D., & Sale, C. (2015). RANK/RANKL/OPG pathway: Genetic associations with stress fracture period prevalence in elite athletes. Bone, 71C, 131-136. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2014.10.004

Varley, I., Hughes, D. C., Greeves, J. P., Stellingwerff, T., Ranson, C., Fraser, W. D., & Sale, C. (2015). RANK/RANKL/OPG pathway: Genetic associations with stress fracture period prevalence in elite athletes. Bone, 71C, 131-136. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2014.10.004

Ranson, C., Hurley, R., Rugless, L., Mansingh, A. & Cole, J. (2013). International cricket injury surveillance: a report of five teams competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 47(10), 637-643. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091783

Ranson, C., Peirce, N. & Young, M. (2013). Batting head injury in professional cricket: a systematic video analysis of helmet safety characteristics. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 47(10), 644-648. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091898

Worthington, P., King, M. & Ranson, C. (2013). The influence of cricket fast bowlers' front leg technique on peak ground reaction forces. Journal of Sports Sciences 31, 434-441.

Worthington, P., King, M. & Ranson, C. (2013). Relationships between fast bowling technique and ball release speed in cricket. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 29(1), 78-84.

Ranson, C. A., Burnett, A. F. & Kerslake, R. W. (2010). Injuries to the lower back in elite fast bowlers: acute stress changes on MRI predict stress fracture. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume 92, 1664-1668.

Ranson, C., King, M., Burnett, A., Worthington, P. & Shine, K. (2009). The effect of coaching intervention on elite fast bowling technique over a two year period. Sports Biomechanics 8, 261-274.

Ranson, C., Burnett, A., King, M., Patel, N. & O'Sullivan, P. (2008). The relationship between bowling action classification and three-dimensional lower trunk motion in fast bowlers in cricket. Journal of Sports Sciences 26, 267-276.

Ranson, C., Burnett, A., O'Sullivan, P., Batt, M. & Kerslake, R. (2008). The lumbar paraspinal muscle morphometry of fast bowlers in cricket. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 18, 31-37.

Ranson, C. & Gregory, P. (2008). Shoulder injury in professional cricketers. Physical Therapy in Sport 9, 34-39.

Ranson, C. A., Burnett, A. F., Kerslake, R. W., Batt, M. E. & O'Sullivan, P. (2006). An investigation into the use of MR imaging to determine the functional cross sectional area of lumbar paraspinal muscles. European Spine Journal 15, 764-773. Awarded €20,000 Grammer Prize for best basic science paper in ESJ 2006.

Roig Pull, M. & Ranson, C. (2006). Eccentric muscle actions: Implications for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Physical Therapy in Sport 8, 86-97.

Ranson, C., Kerslake, R., Burnett, A., Batt, M. & Abdi, S. (2005). Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine of asymptomatic professional fast bowlers in cricket. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume 87-B, 1111-1116.

 

Editorials

Ranson, C. & Young, M. (2012). Putting a lid on it: prevention of batting helmet related injureis in cricket. British Journal of Sports Medicine.47(10), 609-610. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091889

 

Books

Harris, P. F. Ranson, C. A.  & Robertson, A. (2013). Anatomy for Problem Solving in Sports Medicine: The Knee. M&K Publishing.

Harris, P. F. & Ranson, C. A. (2011). Anatomy for Problem Solving in Sports Medicine: The Back. Nottingham: Nottingham University Press.

Harris, P. F. & Ranson, C. A. (2008). Atlas of Living & Surface Anatomy for Sports Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

 

Book Chapters

Ranson, C.A., Joyce, D., & McGuigan, P. (2014). Managing Tendinopathy in Sport. In D. Joyce & D. Lewindon (Eds.), High Performance Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: An integration of world class sports medicine and performance science: Human Kinetics.

Ranson, C., & Joyce, D. (2014). Enhancing Movement Efficiency: effective force application and avoiding energy leaks. In D.Joyce & D. Lewindon (Eds.), High performance training for sports: Human Kinetics.

 

Conference Keynote Presentations

2015 British Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference. Cardiff, Wales.  Invited presenter. Injury prevention strategies for Rugby and Football.

2015 UK Military Rehabilitation Conference. London, UK. Keynote presenter. What's new in hamstring strain prevention & management

2014 UKSCA 10th Annual Conference, Chesford Grange, Warwickshire. Integrating Injury Prevention and Athlete Preparation: The cricket, athletics and rugby experience.

2014 Isokinetic Football Medicine Conference. Invited international presenter. Milan, Italy

2013 International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists Congress. Invited international presenter. Pretoria, South Africa

2013 South African Sport Physiotherapy Association Congress, Invited international presenter. Pretoria, South Africa

2011 South African Sports Medicine Association Congress. Invited international presenter. Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Conference Presentations

Mathema, P., Ranson, C., & Moore, I. (2014). National team rugby player injury types, rates and risk factors over two-years. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 635.

Mathema, P., Moore I., Ranson, C. (2014). Do tournament schedule and squad composition influence injury types and rates in international rugby? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 635.

Moore, I., Mathema, P., & Ranson, C. (2014). The impact of injury in welsh professional rugby. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 642.

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. (2014). Injury types and rates in an international cricket team: application of subsequent injury categorisation. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 642

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. Three-year cricket injury surveillance: Fast bowlers are the biggest injury burden. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015 

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. Bowlers are at greater risk of sustaining ‘related', subsequent injuries than batters or wicket-keepers. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. Daily exposure during one-year of international cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Mount, S., Moore, I., & Ranson, C. Fast bowler match and training workload patterns during international cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Mansingh. A., Moore I., & Ranson, C. Longitudinal injury surveillance for an international team cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Newman, D., Moore, I., Langley, B., Peirce, N., & Ranson C. Five-year injury types and rates of First Class County Cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Langley, B., Ranson, C., & Moore, I. S. Five year epidemiology of muscle injuries in professional cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Cutti, A.G., Ranson, C.A., Burnett, A.F. Development of a standardised system for the assessment of suspected illegal bowling action in cricket. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Ranson, C.A. Mixed actions and shoulder counter-rotation: Unlikely mechanical risk factors for lower back stress fracture in fast bowlers. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Ranson, C.A. Trials and Tribulations of Designing and Implementing Improved Cricket Helmet Safety Standards. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

McCaig, S., Ranson, C.A. and Warren. A. The physical characteristic associated with throwing arm pain in elite adolescent cricketers. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

McCaig, S., Ranson, C.A. and Warren. A. The impact of throwing arm pain on cricket training and match availability and performance in elite adolescent cricketers. 5th World Congress of Science & Medicine in Cricket, Sydney March 2015

Dacombe, P., Ranson, C., McCaig, S. & Young, M. (2011). A reliability assessment examining the inter- and intraobserver reliability of the current England and Wales Cricket Board musculoskeletal profiling protocol. British Journal of Sports Medicine 45:e1.

Worthington, P., King, M. & Ranson, C. (2009). The effect of selected kinematics on ball speed and ground reaction forces in fast bowling. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 297-300.

Worthington, P., Ranson, C., King, M., Burnett, A. & Shine, K. (2009b). The effect of individualised coaching interventions on elite young bowlers' technique. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 260-263.

Ranson, C., Burnett, A., King, M., O’Sullivan, P., Cornish, R. & Batt, M. (2008a). Acute lumbar stress injury, trunk kinematics, lumbar MRI and paraspinal muscle morphology in fast bowlers in cricket. In: Kwon, Y. H., Shim, J., Shim, J. K. & Shin, I. S. (eds.) XXVI International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports. Seoul National University, 233-236.

Burnett, A. F. & Ranson, C. A. (2007). Stress fractures in fast bowlers in cricket: Why you win the toss and bat.  World Arthritis Day Seminar Perth.

Gregory, P. L. & Ranson, C. A. (2007). Shoulder injuries in professional cricketers. 3rd World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket. Barbados.

Ranson, C. A., Burnett, A. F. & Kerslake, R. W. (2007). Lumbar spine MRI abnormalities in professional and elite junior fast bowlers in cricket.  3rd World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket. Barbados.

Worthington, P., King, M. & Ranson, C. A. (2007). A comparison of two and three dimensional measures of lower trunk side-flexion in fast bowlers.  3rd World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket. Barbados.

Ranson, C., Burnett, A. F., Kerslake, R. W., Batt, M. E. & O'Sullivan, P. B. (2006a). Grammer Award Presentation: An investigation into the use of MR imaging to determine the functional cross sectional area of lumbar paraspinal muscles.  Eurospine. Istanbul.

Patel, N., Ranson, C. A. & Burnett, A. F. (2005). A three-dimensional analysis of the amount of available trunk motion utilised during fast bowling in cricket. British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Congress. Edinburgh, Scotland: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 89-94.

Burnett, A. F., Ranson, C. A., Dankaerts, W. & O’Sullivan, P. B. (2004). An overview of methods for evidence based practice in spinal rehabilitation.  AAESS: Exercise and Sports Science Conference 2004: From Research to Practice. Brisbane: Central Queensland University.

Ranson, C., Kerslake, R., Burnett, A., Batt, M. & Abdi, S. (2004). MR imaging abnormalities of the lumbar spine in professional fast bowlers in cricket.  2nd ECB Science and Medicine in Cricket Conference. Loughborough UK: England and Wales Cricket Board.​​

 

Teaching and Supervision

Craig is Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer on the MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine Programme. He is module leader of ‘Sports Injuries & Clinical Methods’ and contributes lectures to the undergraduate Strength Conditioning Rehabilitation and Massage (SCRaM) and postgraduate MSc Strength and Conditioning courses.

PhD Supervision:

  • Steven McCaig. England & Wales Cricket Board. Throwing arm pain in elite junior cricketers. Completion due 2016.
  • Adeline Phillips. Cardiff School of Sport. Hamstring muscle exercises for prevention of high-speed running hamstring strain. Completion due 2017​.​

External links

 

  • Physiotherapist to the Wales Rugby Team

  • Member of Welsh Rugby Union Injury Prevention Steering group

  • WRU Competition Co-ordinator for the International Rugby Board Head Injury Assessment Trial

  • International Cricket Council Medical Committee Member 2007 – 2012

  • Project consultant to the International Cricket Council 2012 to present:

    • Cricket Helmet Safety

    • Illegal Bowling Action Assessment

  • Consultant to the England & Wales Cricket Board

  • Consultant to the Sports Medicine Department, University of the West Indies

  • Member of British Standard Institute Committee PH/6/6, Protective helmets for sport and leisure. Chaired publication of BS7928:2013 Head protectors for cricket
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    External examining and other work with external bodies, institutions, etc.

  • External examiner University of Bath Masters in Sports Physiotherapy 2011-2015

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Registered with the Health Professions Council

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

  • Gold Level Member of the Association of Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine

  • Titled ‘Sports Physiotherapist’ Australian Physiotherapy Association

  • Member of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association

  • Qualifications and Awards

    • Doctor of Philosophy 2007 – Vice Chancellor’s Commendation
    • Post Graduate Diploma (Sports Physiotherapy) 1997 - Distinction
    • Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) 1992
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