Roger Hackney trained in Orthopaedics and Trauma in the Royal Air Force (UK), London and Nottingham where he was shoulder fellow to Professor W Angus Wallace. He furthered his upper limb interest with a travelling fellowship visiting centres in the USA. Roger has a background as an Olympic steeplechase runner and has been passionate in the development of sports trauma in the UK and Europe. He has written papers on tendinopathy, ankle instability, rotator cuff disease, shoulder instability and groin pain. He has served on the board of EFOST, been President of BOSTAA and was chair of the organizing committee of the World Sports Trauma congress in London 2012. Roger is on the education committee of BESS and has, in the past developed sports medicine training course for sports physicians in the UK. He has lectured worldwide on topics as varied as shoulder instability, groin pain in sport, hamstring ruptures and Achilles tendon injury. His current major research interest is in the use of patch augmentation for rotator cuff disease and designed the Leeds Kuff patch. He is primary investigator in the SPARC study assessing the role of the Kuff patch for irreparable tears of the rotator cuff.