Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2015, I was a sports physiotherapist working in full time professional football and I have around 20 years of experience in sport.
I studied a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton, an MSc Sports Physiotherapy at Cardiff University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and my specialist area of interest/research is in Sports Medicine. I find the area fascinating because working with amateur and elite athletes is both challenging and rewarding, plus the evidence-based practice in this field is ever changing and evolving. Any way I am able to develop evidence to help athletes in prevention or recovery strategies really does make a difference.
Within my profession I am a member of MCSP and HCPC as well as within education being a member of the HEA.
My specialist knowledge has led me to work with several professional football clubs including Arsenal FC, Norwich City FC and West Bromwich Albion and I have also worked as a team physiotherapist for England U17 Men’s and Wales u19 Men’s football teams. I am also a medical tutor for the Football Association and deliver Emergency Pitch Side Trauma courses at levels 1 to 4.
My greatest accolade to date was working as a physiotherapist at a European Under 17 championships and working at Arsenal FC with the first team squad.