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David Lemon BSc is currently studying for an MSc in Sports Injury Rehabilitation at Salford University after completing a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science in 2000.
Since 2001, Dave has been a member of the RAF as a physical training instructor. He has been in the rehabilitation industry since 2005 after completing the Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor Course. Since gaining this qualification, the author has been practising at RAF Units, including basic Regiment Trainees and Phase 2 Military Training.
Other qualifications gained include a Sports Massage Diploma, FA Sports Injury Diploma amongst other continued professional development and exercise related courses.
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