About Associate Professor Leslie Nicholson

Leslie’s research passion is to develop measurement tools and screening protocols and programs to effectively prevent and manage musculoskeletal problems particularly as they relate to joint hypermobility. This encompasses disease states such as Joint Hypermobility Syndrome / Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility Type and prevention & management of hypermobility related injury in dancers, musicians and the aesthetic sports.

Leslie’s expertise is in manipulative and sports physiotherapy. She has taught musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the Discipline of Physiotherapy and currently teaches functional musculoskeletal anatomy and clinically applied anatomy in exercise prescription in Sydney Medical School. She has published more than 40 papers and has presented her work at more than 50 national and international conferences. She has successfully supervised domestic and international Master’s by Research, Masters of Philosophy and PhD students to completion in addition to a number of honours students (two of whom were awarded the University medal). Her research comprises 3 inter-related areas: 1. Joint hypermobility syndrome in children 2. Joint hypermobility syndrome in adults 3. Joint hypermobility in the performing arts and sport. Leslie has an honorary research position in the Connective Tissue Dysplasia Clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Highlights of Leslie’s research include supervising physiotherapists who are passionate about their clinical practice. Indeed, many of these practitioners undertook their candidature to answer questions that arose during their clinical practice. This means that the research is truly informing practice…there is no higher goal. Leslie has collaborations with hypermobility researchers in The Netherlands, Southern Denmark and Belgium and is a member of the International iFlex Collaboration.

Selected publications

For a full list of Associate Professor Nicholson's publications please see her Academic Profile page