Dr Francis is a sport scientist, physical therapist, coach and mentor and has a BSc. Sport and Exercise Science, BSc. Physical Therapy and a PhD in Exercise Science. He has worked with teams and individuals in multiple sports at amateur, European and Olympic level. An established researcher, he lectures in sport, exercise and rehabilitation science and conducts research into the prevention and treatment of running injuries. Specifically, he studies the role of foot development with and without shoes and the implications for movement skills and injury risk.