Following his interest in sport and science subjects at school Tim completed
the first Sport Science BSc Degree course in Liverpool in 1980. He continued
with research into the 'effects of sleep deprivation on human performance'
combined with the role of President of the Students Union. The following year
he commenced a Masters Degree at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, but
having suffered an knee injury whilst teaching sport, he returned to Britain
before its completion in order to register on a Physiotherapy Training Course.
He spent three years at Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy (which
was recognised as one of the best school in the country) and qualified in 1985
gaining Professional eligibility and Membership of the Society of Chartered
He sought employment at one of the top Sports Injury Clinics in the North West
working in St John Street in Manchester City Centre. After only a few months
whilst treating the Captain of Great Britain Rugby League Team, Harry Pinner,
Tim was head-hunted by St. Helens RLFC.
At St. Helens Tim re-organised the treatment facility, working three to four
evenings a week and both days at the weekend, and covering all the scheduled
training sessions and first team matches. He gained invaluable experience,
dealing with a continual barrage of acute soft tissue injuries, and having to
get the players back on the field for the next match.
He went to Wembley twice with St. Helens in the Silk Cut Challenge Cup Final's
in 1987 and 1989. He was also the Team Physio for the Lancashire RLFC Team and
for the Rest of the World Team when they played Great Britain in 1989. The
Rugby League secured Tim's services to attend all GB Squad training camps and
Fitness Assessments and he was also Team Physio to the GB Academy RLFC Squad.
In 1989 he had a chance meeting with his canoe slalom coach who was the GB Team
Coaching Staff at the time, and was asked if he could provide physio cover for a
series of races in Europe during the closed season.
He subsequently relinquished his post at St Helens to follow his favourite
sport of Slalom Canoeing and attended the World Championships in the USA in 1989
and the former Yugoslavia in 1991. (which finished only days before war broke out!)
Tim travelled with the team all over Europe working not only as the team
Physiotherapist but also helping out with team logistics and assisting the
coaching staff. His work with the Team culminated in 1992 when he attended the
Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games at the La Seu Slalom site.
Having married the previous year to Alison (another slalom canoeist) he decided
to spend a little time at home and relinquished his post with the team.
Tim had gained seven years of very intense, high-pressure sports injury
management experience. Despite the weekend working schedules preventing him
from attending many post graduate courses, he managed to make time to
attend a few of the cutting edge training courses, keeping fully up to date
with the latest breakthroughs in Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.
Tim's Post-Graduate Courses
|1982||Liverpool||Dennis Wright||Sports injuries|
|1988||Warrington||Malcolm Robinson||Back Pain Mckenzie Part A|
|1988||Nottingham||Malcolm Robinson||Neck Pain Mckenzie Part B|
|1988||London||Peter Wells||Adverse Mechanical Tension|
|1988||Manchester||Seminars||British Assoc. of Sports Medicine|
|1989||Liverpool||Peter Legeard||Back & Neck Pain Mckenzie Part C|
|1989||Stockport||Martin Weingarten||Spinal Dysfunction Kaltenborne Technique|
|1989||London||Brian Edwards||Back & Neck Pain Combined Movements|
|1989||Derby||Andy Sweaney||Repetitive Strain Injuries|
|1989||Manchester||Seminars||British Assoc. Sports Medicine|
|1990||Birmingham||Ace Neem||Back Pain Mckenzie Part D|
|1990||London||Bob Elvey||Adverse Neural Tissue Tension|
|1990||Stevenage||Brain Mulligan||Back & Neck Pain NAGS and SNAGS|
|1990||Stratford||Seminars||Cranio-mandibular disorder - TMJ -Whiplash|
|1990||Newcastle||Andy Sweaney& Dr Phil Evans||Repetitive Strain Injury and Adverse Neural Tissue Tension|
|1991||Birmingham||Ace Neem||Back & Neck Pain Mckenzie Part D refresher|
|1991||Birmingham|| ||Western Style Acupuncture for Pain Relief|
|1991||London||Peter Wells||Adverse Neural Tissue Tension|
|1991||London||Brain Mulligan||Back & Neck Pain- NAGS and SNAGS|
|1992||Letchworth||Leon Chaitoe||Cranio-sacral Manipulation-12 day course|
|1992||Sheffield||Andy Sweaney||Adverse Neural Tension|
|1992||York||Seminars||Medico-legal Workshop (OCPPP)|
|1992||Manchester||James Carroll||Lazer Therapy|
|1993||Sheffield||Bernard Nolan||Shiatsu Oriental Medicine|
|1993||Manchester||Diane Farragher||Eutrophic Stimulation for Bells Palsy|
|1993||Manchester|| ||Tempero-mandibular joint dyfunction|
|1993||London||Jenny McConnell||Patello-femoral Taping Techniques|
|1993||Nottingham||Seminars-ACPOH||Ergonomics with Practical Applications|
|1993||Abergaveny||Brain Edwards||Back & Neck Pain Combined Movements|
|1993||Peterborough||Seminars OCPPP||Computer Software in Medicine|
|1993||Keele||Paul Bartlett||Langer Lower Limb Biomechanics Course|
|1993||York||Professor Mariano Roccabardo||Cranio-cervical and Cranio-mandibular Dysfunction|
|1993||Harrogate||Jeff Boyling & Mark Comerford||Muscle imbalance implications of Repetitive Strain Injuries|
|1993||London||Prof Nikoli Bogduk||Cervical Headaches-Seminars & Workshop|
|1993||London||Prof Nikoli Bogduk||Update on the Lumbar Spine (MACP)|
|1994||Sheffield||Louis Gifford||Advanced Adverse Neural Tissue Tension|
|1994||London||Pete Emerson||Pelvic Somatic Dysfunction and Corrective MuscleEnergy Techniques|
|1994||Harrogate||Mark Comerford||Muscle Imbalance - Trunk Stability/Back Pain|
|1994||Liverpool||Jeff Boyling||Overview of RSI and muscle imbalance|
|1994||Manchester||Prof Vladamir Janda||Motor Recruitment / Muscle Reprogramming|
|1994||Manchester||Louis Gifford||Clinical Biology of Aches and Pains|
|1994||Edinburgh||Gwen Jull||Update - Lumbo-pelvic Restabilisation|
|1994||Edinburgh||David Butler||Update - Neuro-meningeal Dynamics|
|1995||Liverpool||Dave Fitzpatrick||Work Related Upper Limb Disorder|
|1995||Liverpool||Jeremy Lewis||Myo-fascial pain / Shoulder Impingements|
|1995||London||Seminars||Recent Concepts in Pain Science|
|1996||Edinburgh||Caroline Richardson||Update on Lumbo-pelvic Restabilisation|
|1996||Liverpool||Mick Thacker & Louis Gifford||Whiplash and Chronicity|
|1996||Edinburgh||Paul Hodges||Update on Trans Abs and Muscle Imbalance|
|1997||Manchester||Seminars||Current Trends in Sport|
|1997||Manchester||Glen Hunter||Dynamic Tissue Healing / Effects of Physio.|
|1997||Cheltenham||Dr Phil Evans||Prosection Study of Knee Pathology|
|1997||Southampton||Prof James Taylor||Clinical Pathology - Cervical & Lumbar Spine|
|1997||London||Dr Phil Evans||Prosection Study of the Shoulder Girdle
|1997||Huntingdon||Dr Phil Evans||Proscetion Study of the Elbow & Wrist|
|1997||Manchester||Seminars-GP Forum||Back and Groin Pain|
|1997||London||Seminars||Rehabilitation for Back Pain|
|1998||Manchester||Louis Gifford||The Problem of Nerves|
|1998||Manchester||Seminars GP Forum||Aspects of Orthopaedics|
|1998||Manchester||Dr Tim Watson||Electrotherapy Update|
|2000||Manchester||Louis Gifford||Aches and Pains- Graded Exposure|
|2000||Manchester||Dr Nigel Lawes||Pain Science and the Patient|
|2000||Manchester||Dr Nigel Lawes & Louis Gifford||Current Thinking on the Problem of Pain|
|2000||Manchester||Seminars- GP Forum||Lower Limb Biomechanics|
|2000||Liverpool||Vladamir Bobic||Lower Limb Pathology and Biomechanics|
|2001||Derby||Louis Gifford||Symposium on Pain|
|2001||Bristol||Glen Hunter||The Soft Touch -Tissue Healing Dynamics|
|2001||Daventry||Football Assoc.||Sports Injury Conference|
|2001||London||Seminars||Back Pain Pathophysiology|
|2001||Liverpool||Seminars||Sports Injury, Surgery and Rehabilitation|
|2001||Sheffield||Seminars||Current Trends in Lower Limb Rehabilitation|
|2002||Manchester||Seminars||Upper Limb Sports Injury & Management|
|2002||Manchester||Seminars||Growing Pains in Children|
|2002||Warwick||Tony Wilson||Anterior Knee Pain- no tape required|
|2002||Nottingham||A Taylor & R Kerry||Altered Haemodynamics|
|2002||Liverpool||Seminars||Sports Injury, Surgery and Rehabilitation|
|2002||Liverpool||Prof Gordon Waddell & Paul Watson ||Working Backs|
|2003||Stockport||Jo Gibson||The Shoulder: What's new?|
|2003||Manchester||Howard Turner||EMG Biofeedback|
|2003||Manchester||Warrick McNeil||Ultrasound imagin, trans abs|
|2003||Liverpool||Dr Jill Cooke||Tendinopathies|
|2003||Daventry||Football Assoc.||Sports Injury Conference|
|2003||Liverpool||Seminars||Sports Injury, Surgery and Rehab|
|2004||Rotheram||Amanda Blake||Understanding MR and Ultrasound imaging|
|2005||Rotheram||Dean Watson||Role of C0-3 in Benign recurrent Headache|
|2005||Sheffield||Tony Wilson||The Shoulder Unplugged|
|2005||Epsom||Dr John Reynolds||Acupuncture Update and Review|
|2005||Manchester||John Annan||Myofascial Release Level One|
|2005||London||Dr J Bullock-Saxton||New Exercises with Bands and Balls|
|2005||Nottingham||Dr J Bullock-Saxton||About Muscles|
|2005||Nottingham||Joanne Elphinston||Functional Stability Level One|
|2006||Oxford||Joanne Elphinston||Functional Stability Level Two|
|2006||Loughborough||EIS East Midlands||ISO.com and KING.com Training Update|
|2006||Loughborough||Ron Sharp||Acupuncture and Sports Injuries|
|2007||London||Dr Chan Gunn||Intra-muscular dry needling Part one|
|2007||Prague||Dr Van Hagen||Body Works Exhibition|
|2007||London||Dr Chan Gunn||Intra-muscular dry needling Part Two|
|2007||Cambridge||Dr Dean Watson||C0-3 Benign Headaches Level Two|
|2007||Reading||Tony Bettison||Sports First Aid and Trauma|
|2008||Bolton||Mr Gordon Shephard||Recent advances in knee surgery in sport|
|2008||Manchester||Dr G Van Hagen||Body Works Exhibition|
|2008||Cambridge||Dr Dean Watson||One-on-One study day/tutorial|
|2008||Stoke||Haken Alfredson||Tendinopathies - Patella and Achillies|
|2008||Birmingham||N/A||Diagnositc Ultrasound Imaging|
Courses & Lecturing
I have run several weekend courses at Stepping Hill Hospital on ‘ Understanding Necks and Backs’ for other practitioners, and have also run another weekend
course on Knee and Shoulder rehabilitation, re-stabilisation and neuromuscular re-programming.
I have lectured in a part-time capacity at Salford University on the BSc. (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation programme, and at the Manchester Metropolitan University
I currently receive twelve to fourteen undergraduates on clinical placement from Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy degree courses from Manchester,
Salford, Sheffield Universities at the clinic in Stockport, as well as welcoming year 10 and A-level students on work experience placements,
during the summer vacation.
"Affects of partial and complete sleep deprivation on certain aspects of human performance"
Reilly T. and Deykin T. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 1983.
Victoria is the resident Podiatrist at Sport-Med who can provide detailed
biomechanical assessment of the lower limb and prescribe relevant exercise
advice and often orthotic shoe inserts to remedy your aches and pains.
Equally as important, Victoria can deal with soft tissue complaints of the foot
and ankle, namely toe nails, verucas and corns!
More information about Victoria coming soon !
Our Medical Professionals
At Sport-Med we have brought together under one roof the blend of several
areas of neuro-musculo-skeletal medicine by combining skills of a:
Our team can give the widest perspective on your injury or condition and
offer you the most effective and comprehensive programme of treatment and
All of our Professionals have undertaken a three-year full time degree
course and examinations, written, oral and practical, which enable
them to gain membership to their relevant Professional Governing Body.
The Professional Governing Body sets standards, codes of practice and codes
of conduct by which each practitioner must abide. In return the practitioner
can apply for State Registration, and is given Professional Indemnity Insurance.
In the case of physiotherapy this is now set at £5,000,000 and can be
supplemented by becoming a member of the Organisation of Chartered
Physiotherapists in Private Practice.
Other members of staff include the following:
From time to time we also have on board with us students on work experience
or clinical placements.
Work experience students are usually year 10 students (approx. 15 years old).
They will have sent us a brief CV, and attended an informal interview. They are
given a place here only if they can demonstrate that they really want to follow
physiotherapy as their chosen career.
This work experience is vital to progress into physiotherapy, as
Universities will no longer take students on their academic results alone.
They must have shown some commitment to gaining exposure to the profession of
physiotherapy or in the medical caring environment.
We may ask your consent for students to sit in on
the treatment or evaluation sessions. This is entirely at your discretion,
but your co-operation would be much appreciated.
Clinical placement students are over eighteen years old studying at
University and usually in their third and final year, either studying
Sports Rehabilitation or Physiotherapy. In many cases they have completed
nearly all of their training and have only a final dissertation to complete
to conclude their course.
These students by no means know it all, but what they lack in breadth of
experience, they more than make up for in commitment, excellent treatment
techniques and enthusiasm to demonstrate their newly honed skills. You will
also find it very enlightening listening to the senior therapist, who supervises
the student, explains in medical terminology exactly what is happening in
your condition! Before they undertake any treatments we check out their
treatment techniques and knowledge base.