Chris Bleakley (PhD BSc Hons MCSP SRP) graduated as a physiotherapist from Ulster University in 2000. After completing his PhD in acute soft tissue injury management in 2004, he worked in a split clinical/research post within the Faculty of Life and Health Science. Since June 2011, he has been working full time as a researcher and lecturer within the Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Research, and the School of Sport at Ulster University. He has produced over 100 scholarly outputs including, 80 original research papers and 5 book chapters.

He is the Course Director for the MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine, Ulster University and has been part of the teaching Faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, England since 2011 and the MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Cardiff University since 2010. He completed a Cochrane Fellowship between 2008 and 2010 and has been statistical consultant for various external organizations. He has been a member of the International Advisory Board for Physical Therapy in Sport since 2011.

He was lead researcher and guarantor for the Physios in Sports UK Clinical Guidelines for Acute Soft Tissue Injury Management (PRICE guidelines published in 2010) and has been a Committee Member of the International Ankle Consortium since October 2012. His main research interests include: acute soft tissue injury management and prognosis and rehabilitation of ankle sprain.