Staff Profile

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Rob Sharps

Biography

Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2016, I initially studied the FA Injury Diploma at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall being awarded the qualification in 2000 before gaining the Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy shortly after. I initially worked primarily privately but also in football with Wycombe Wanderers and Watford FC before taking the role heading a sports injury clinic at a specialist sports college. This entailed working with a variety of young athletes and performers including elite gymnasts and ballet dancers as well as disability athletes. In 2011 I graduated from King’s College London as a physiotherapist.

My specialist area of interest is Paediatric and Adolescent Sports medicine. My passion for this specialism flourished from working with elite developing athletes and being fascinated at how and why this population is susceptible to certain unique conditions. This led me to endeavour to work with elite young athletes and I was delighted to become the Head of Medical Department at Watford Football

Club Academy working with football players ranging from 6 to 23 years of age. This was a position I held for 9 years.

I am a member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council.

My specialist knowledge has led me to work with top football players and numerous household names from the premier league and international football. I have also had the privilege of regularly working alongside and learning from world renowned specialists in the field of sports medicine. Whilst at Watford I was also honoured to be a researcher on a UEFA study investigating the effects of creatine on strength and performance in elite youth football players.