Nick has been working within Professional Football for over 23 years. He is a highly experienced Physiotherapist who has spent most of his career with Premier League teams. He was the England Under 21 Team Physiotherapist between 2000-2003.
Within the Medico-Legal field, Nick has been the Expert Witness in some of the most significant cases involving Premier League Players and Staff of the past few years. Several of the cases that he has been involved in have subsequently altered the landscape for Health Professionals dealing with Elite Level Athletes on a regular basis. Nick has been able to combine his wealth of experience in working at the top level of professional sport – both in the UK and internationally – with a realistic, professional and level headed approach to his Medico-Legal work.
Nick also advises the Players Trust regarding the Sports Medicine and Performance issues. It is a group set up to look after the safeguarding and wellbeing of youth football players who wish to protect themselves from influences in and out of the professional game that may adversely affect their career progression – financial, performance, injury and educational..
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Nick was a key member of the Medical team that helped Al Jazira, from Abu Dhabi, win the league and cup double for the first time in their history in 2011. He has also worked for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City Academy, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday and the Thailand National Team.
He has a keen interest in the motivational aspects of returning people to full fitness following injury, an area where he has developed some remarkable expertise.
This expertise has also enabled him to apply his skills and knowledge to the challenge faced by managers and leaders in business and in commerce. Whereas we know that a healthy body goes with a healthy mind, it is usually the case that business leaders omit to look after the physiological aspects of their wellbeing. Posture and fitness do impact on performance.
After completing an MSc in Orthopaedic Medicine in 2005, he has gone on to qualify as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Professional Coach. He is currently working with AQR to develop a programme of using Mental Toughness within Sport.
He is an experienced lecturer and Module Lead of the MSc programme at Salford University. As a Fellow of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, Nick teaches Physiotherapists and GP’s about manual therapy skills, manipulations and injections. Nick also lectures internationally on sports injuries and musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injuries.
Nick has a wealth of treatment experience to call upon across the full range of performance medicine applications – including touring with U2, working with Guns’N’Roses and Kanye West.