Ron Alexander, FFT Founder, STT (Musculoskeletal) is the director/founder of the Functional Fascial Taping Institute. FFT was refined over eight years’ service as the principal soft tissue therapist (musculoskeletal) for The Australian Ballet. During this time he was awarded the Lady Southey Scholarship for Excellence from the Australian Ballet Foundation. More recently he was a co-investigator of Randomised Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial of FFT for Non-Specific Low Back Pain (PhD) Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Ron has an interest in chronic pathologies and continues to research the effects of FFT.
Daniel J. Amin BSc MSc, GSR has been a lecturer in sport injury and rehabilitation for the past 7 years, in addition to being a practitioner in the field of injury rehabilitation within semi-professional football. He achieved a distinction at Masters level in Sport Injury Rehabilitation from the University of Salford and has used much of this work to not only inform his practice whilst delivering the undergraduate programmes at his institution, but also to present at many international conferences and achieve publication in several peer-reviewed articles.
His current research interests lie with how functional movement correlates with athletic performance outcomes, and how to use digital technology to optimise the feedback process for undergraduate students.
David Anderson MSc, NAMMT BASES has been involved in manual therapy practice and education for almost 20 years. A graduate of the University of Chester, David holds a Master of Science degree in Neuromuscular Therapy and also a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy.
In addition to maintaining a private practice, he is a currently a senior lecturer at the National Training Centre in Dublin. Although his clinic specialism is in the treatment of chronic somatic pain, David has also worked in sport and performance arts at the highest level, having worked with the casts of many well known West End and Broadway productions. David lives with his wife and family in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Jarrod Antflick BApp Science (Physiotherapy), BHSc TCM, PGCert Sports Physiotherapy is consultant physiotherapist with British Athletics sharing his time between clinical work (at Tendon Performance, Complete Physio and The Fortius Clinic in London, UK) and attending major championships such as the IAAF World Championships in Moscow (2013) and the Samsung Diamond Leagues.
He is currently undertaking field research into the effect of tendinopathy on performance utilising UTC. Jarrod was a consulting physiotherapist for members of the US Track and Field Team in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.
Colin Armstrong DO is a British trained osteopath. He spent the first five years of his career in Zimbabwe and has been based in France for the past 30 years. Areas of special interest include pediatric osteopathy and osteopathic care during pregnancy. He is founder member of the French Academy of Osteopaths.
Since graduating as a Sports Therapist in 2009, Paul was a Lecturer on the Sports Therapy Degree at Staffordshire University for 3 years. Prior to Lecturing, Paul worked at Preston North End F.C. for 4 years. Whilst at PNE, Paul’s role was to assess and treat the professional and youth team players as well as oversee the running of the First Aid and treatments provided to the Centre of Excellence. Paul joined UCLan in 2014 as an Associate Lecture to teach on the BSc (Hons.) Sports Therapy Degree.
Kay Atkin BSc, MCSP is qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2007 from the University of Nottingham. She first worked at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield covering rotations in orthopaedics, rheumatology, women's health, medical, surgical, respiratory, and critical care. She moved to Rotherham as a senior physiotherapist in the neuromusculoskeletal field in early 2009. In February 2010 she left the NHS to take a full-time role at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, working with the GB women's volleyball team. In August 2010 she then moved to a part-time position at the English Institute of Sport, Manchester, working with the GB men's water polo team.
Kay currently works within the private sector focusing on sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She is in her final year of an MSc in Sports Injury Rehabilitation at the University of Salford.
Dr Philip Austin BSc MSc PhD is a UK-trained osteopath and researcher who holds a PhD in pain medicine. Phil’s clinical areas of interest include the treatment of computer-related musculoskeletal pain conditions and the effects of work-related stress on the severity and duration of persistent pain.
Phil graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1997. Following the completion of his degree Phil worked in New Zealand, UK and Sweden and is now permanently located in Sydney where he combines his clinical work with research. This includes the investigation of clinical methods of predicting the extent and severity of pain in people with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. He is also a member of the Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council and a leader in the Chronic Pain Practice Group.
Phil began his postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh gaining an MSc in pain management and a PhD investigating the potential for multi-dimensional assessment of functional gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia. Phil works as a clinical tutor for the MSc in Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Edinburgh while also being involved in various areas of palliative care research at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney. Phil practices osteopathy at the Elevate Sydney Clinic, Sydney, Australia.
Joanne Avison KMI, E-RYT500 is a CMED graduate, and has extensively studied human development and specialised in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiological patterns. Her studies also included Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Dr Robert Schleip.
Joanne is a fully accredited Professional Structural Integrator (Kinesis Myofascial Integration School) and has taught at the KMI School of Structural Integration (Maine, USA) and also taught Anatomy Trains™ in the UK, pioneering its application to Movement Practitioners in Yoga, Pilates and professional sports, including English Premier League Soccer Clubs and golf professionals. Jo is an experience trainer of yoga teachers, holding E-RYT500 status and is the co-founder and director of the accredited Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training School (AOCY).
Joanne’s book YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement, published in 2015, has been highly regarded in a variety of bodywork fields for its clear explanations of how understanding Fascia and the concept of Biotensegrity, can be applied to help us (and our clients) move better; whatever type of discipline we teach.
Julian Baker has been a Bowen Therapist for 25 years and a teacher of Bowen since 1994. The author of two books on Bowen, The Bowen Technique and Bowen Unravelled; A fascial explanation of The Bowen Technique, he is one of the world's leading experts on Bowen.
After studying with Gil Hedley, he has been studying fascial anatomy to better explain Bowen and as from this has led fascial dissection courses at Medical Schools throughout the UK and coordinates and co-teaches the Gil Hedley six day integral anatomy class.
His writing and presentations attempt to present complex subjects simply and in language that is easy to understand and follow and as a result he is regularly asked to speak and lecture around the world. His Functional Fascia company teaches fascial theory and dissection.
Steve Bateman BSc is the head of Sports Therapy at Staffordshire University. He has 20 years experience as a practising sports therapist and ran a number of successful sports therapy companies across Staffordshire. He has been lecturing in sport therapy since 2009.
Steve can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Beames BSc MSc lives in London where he works as a physiotherapist in private practice as co-founder of Pain and Performance providing treatment for people with persistent and complex pain problems, support and guidance for clinicians dealing with complex pain patients and delivering bespoke courses for departments and organisations on pain related topics. These diverse interests were fostered at King’s College London studying his Masters in Pain: Science & Society with Dr Mick Thacker.
He is the principal instructor for NOI UK and teaches the Mobilisation of the Nervous System, Neurodynamics and the Neuromatrix, Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery courses throughout the UK, Europe and Australia. He is co-author of the Graded Motor Imagery Handbook (2012) alongside Lorimer Moseley, David Butler and Tom Giles and has contributed the chapter on neck pain alongside Robin Blake in Maitland’s Vertebral Manipulation (2013).
Previously Tim has worked as a specialist physiotherapist and orthopaedic physiotherapy practitioner in the NHS, lectured at Kings College London, University College London and Sheffield Hallam University and set up and managed several successful pain management programmes. He has a particular interest in bodily perception and pain’s effect on it.
Tim is the commissioning editor for the Pain and Brain channel under the Physical Therapy category.
Jamie Beck BSc MSc PgC(HEP) Jamie is a lecturer in diagnostic radiography at the University of Bradford. He obtained his BSc in diagnostic radiography in 2000 and his MSc in medical imaging in 2011. His main areas of interest are the use of imaging in forensic and trauma medicine. He has particular interest in football, boxing, rugby league and cricket.
Dirk Benade MCom CA (SA) MSMA holds a Master’s degree in commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand, and qualified as a chartered accountant (South Africa) with KPMG. He is also a chartered management accountant. For the past 15 years Dirk has worked as a contractor in the financial services sector, and has operated his business through a limited company since 2005.
Dirk also qualified as a yoga teacher with Triyoga, and sports massage therapist with NLSSM. Dirk is a member of the SMA and holds his insurance with Balens. His own accountant is Ian Baker.
Dr Chris Bleakley BSc, PhD, MCSP, SrP is a Physiotherapist and lecturer at the Ulster Sports Academy, University of Ulster. He is the education and research officer for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Jenny Blizard, Physiotherapist MCSP, HCPC, our clinic director and physiotherapist, qualified in 2004 with a first class honours degree in physiotherapy. Since then she has completed a post graduate diploma and certificate in Women's Health and is currently working her way through the Maitland Concept of Manual Therapy and training which she started in 2012. This special concept combines individual and specific treatment with the therapist’s clinical experience and the latest scientific findings. In addition to joint mobilisation and manipulation of the extremities and spine, the concept makes use of neurodynamic techniques, muscle stretching, stabilising exercises and specifically adapted exercises the patient can do at home.
Jenny's background in International triathlon and athletics clearly draws like minded sports enthusiasts to come and see her. As well as treating injuries, Jenny likes working with longer term clients to improve their overall function and reduce injury risk factors. A client's potential for attaining good health and aiming for sporting goals beyond what they feel currently capable of, is often limited to their own poor perception of what can actually be achieved with a little bit of help and guidance.
Adam Bond graduated in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Development from Portsmouth University.
Since then he has worked at Physique Management and progressed to Marketing Manager. Adam’s knowledge and experience of Sports Healthcare products has enabled him to provide insightful advice on the best products available in this industry.
Lynn Booth MSc, MCSP has an MSc in Sports Injury and Sports Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University and an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (having held a variety of posts over the years) and is a Board member of the Sports Massage Association.
Lynn chaired the British Olympic Association's (BOA’s) Physiotherapy Committee, becoming the BOA’s physiotherapy consultant (1992–2004). She was the Great Britain Women's Hockey Squad physiotherapist at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and was Team GB Head Physiotherapist at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
She was Physical Therapy Services clinical lead for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), clinical medical manager at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and lead physiotherapist at the 2015 European Games.
Her main clinical interests are injury prevention and management and functional rehabilitation. She currently works with the National Age Group Squads of England Hockey.
Bob Bramah BSc, MSMA, MSMM, MCSP is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in sports soft tissue therapy. He has worked in Premiership Rugby and Football and with the GB National teams for Basketball, Volleyball and Wheelchair Rugby and the England cricket team.
In addition to a private practice in Wigan, Bob is a lecturer in manual therapy at the University of Salford and is the editor of the Journal Watch section of sportEX.
He was a founder member of the Sports Massage Association and is Vice-chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy professional network for massage and Soft Tissue Therapy.
Matt Bramhall MSc, ASCC is head of Strength and Conditioning at a leading Premier League club academy where he works as part of an innovative, dynamic and highly experienced multidisciplinary support team. He previously spent 7½ years at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) predominantly working with the Great Britain and England Hockey squads, including supporting the London 2012 Olympic bronze medal and 2013 European silver medal winning women’s squads. Prior to his role with GB and England Hockey, Matt was the lead S&C coach for Paralympics GB in the build-up to and during the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing. In 2014 he completed his MSc in strength and conditioning, with his thesis focusing on hormonal responses to different training stimuli, and has been a qualified soft tissue therapist since 2010. During his 10 years of coaching experience Matt has worked with a wide range of sports and organisations ranging from The Football Association to England Golf and British Swimming, supporting numerous squads and individuals.
Joseph Brence DPT, COMT, DAC is a physical therapist and clinical researcher from Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He is also a fellowship candidate with Sports Medicine of Atlanta, GA, USA.
Joseph’s primary clinical interests involve a better understanding of the neuromatrix and determining how it applies to physical therapy practice. He is currently involved in a wide range of clinical research projects investigating topics such as the effects of verbalising pain, the effects of mobilising v. manipulating the spine on body image perception and validation of an instrument which will assess medical practitioners’ understanding of pain.
Clinically, Joseph treats a wide range of painful conditions in multiple settings including complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Joseph also runs the Forward Thinking PT blog.
Andrew Burden BSc is a Sports Therapy graduate from the University of St Mark and St John. He is currently studying for an MSc in Medical Ultrasound.
Andy Byrne MCSP HCPC has over 10 years’ experience in private practice, the last 4 of which were spent as area manager for one of the largest physiotherapy providers in the UK. He managed 15 clinics simultaneously with over 100 staff. He launched Triad Health in September 2017 to help therapists from around the world to learn and help them get great results for their patients and themselves. He has mentored hundreds of therapists particularly in the nonclinical skills that create exceptional patient experiences and allow for rapid, sustainable and ethical business growth within therapy businesses.
Michael Carolan, MSc BSc (Hons) GSR after completing an undergrad degree in sports rehabilitation at Salford University and later an MSc at MMU. He now works in elite rugby with Macclesfield RUFC, he is clinical director at Sports Rehab UK based in Manchester, Wilmslow and warrington and teaches part time at Salford University. He is also set to compete for his athletics club this year in the 200m and 4x100m relay events.
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