About Dr Claire Hiller

Dr Hiller’s research passions are the prevention of chronic musculoskeletal problems, and the rehabilitation and prevention of dancers’ injuries.

Dr Hiller is currently a research fellow, and manager of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research interest is in the long term effects of lower limb musculoskeletal injury, with a particular focus on the ankle, and is also keen to improve knowledge of dance related injury. Dr Hiller has published over 20 articles in peer reviewed journals, been a key note speaker on chronic ankle instability, and presented her work at many international conferences. Currently she supervises PhD and Masters by research students across a range of musculoskeletal fields. In addition she has served as a reviewer for international grants, a range of journals in the rehabilitation, sports medicine and biomechanics fields, and adjudicated awards at international conferences. She has over 20 years practice as a clinical musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a specific interest in dancers injuries.

Dr Hiller's research highlights include work on chronic ankle instability (CAI) and in the field of dance medicine.  In CAI she developed the Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool (CAIT) which has been translated into many languages and is now available in a form suitable for children.  A further modification of the model of chronic ankle instability (CAI) has been proposed along with research into the prevalence and impact of this problem.  The clinical diagnosis, predictors, and prognosis of syndesmosis injury has been explored with the work of a PhD student, Amy Sman. 

Dr Hiller has recently worked with international colleagues on the position statement for research on CAI.  In the field of dance medicine she has worked on ankle injury, the effects of jazz shoes on performance, and the development of an ultrasound measure of femoral torsion.

Selected publications

  1. Sman A, Hiller CE, Rae K, Linklater J, Black DA, Nicholson LL, Burns J, Refshauge KM (2013).  Diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests for ankle syndesmosis injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine. (epub ahead of print: Doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092787).
  2. Gribble PA, Delahunt E, Bleakley C, Caulfield B, Docherty CL, Fourchet F, Fong D, Hertel J, Hiller C, Kaminski TW, McKeon PO, Refshauge KM, van der Wees P, Vicenzino B, Wikstrom EA (2013).  Selection criteria for patients with chronic ankle instability in controlled research: a position statement of the international ankle consortium. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 43:585-91.
  3. Mandarakas M, Hiller CE, Rose K, Burns J (accepted 10/04/13).  Measuring ankle instability in pediatric Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Journal of Child Neurology. DOI: 10.1177/0883073813488676
  4. Hiller CE, Nightingale EJ, Raymond J, Kilbreath SL, Burns J, Black DA, Refshauge KM (2012).  Prevalence and impact of chronic musculoskeletal ankle disorders in the community Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 93: 1801-7
  5. Raymond J, Nicholson L, Hiller CE, Refshauge KM (2012).  The effect of ankle taping or bracing on proprioception in functional ankle instability: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15:386-92 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.03.008
  6. Fong Yan A, Smith RM, Vanwanseele B, Hiller C (2012).  Mechanics of Jazz Shoes and Their Effect on Pointing. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 28 (3): 242-248
  7. Hiller CE, Kilbreath SL, Refshauge KM (2011).  Chronic ankle instability: evolution of the model. Journal of Athletic Training 46(2):133-41
  8. Hiller CE; Nightingale EJ; Lin CW; Delahunt E; Couglan GF; Caulfield B (2011). Characteristics of People with Recurrent Sprains: A systematic review with Meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine 45(8): 660-72
  9. Delahunt E; Couglan GF; Caulfield B; Nightingale EJ; Lin C-W; Hiller CE (2010). Inclusion criterion when investigating insufficiencies in chronic ankle instability Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 42(11): 2106-21.
  10. Hiller CE, Refshauge KM et al (2006).  The Cumberland ankle instability tool: a report of validity and reliability testing. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 87(9): 1235-1241.