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Paula & Rick Clayton

Paula Clayton MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Sports Injury Management, FA. Dip. Mast. STT, MSMA (L5), MCSP, HCPC is a triple Olympic therapist who worked as a senior physical therapist for the English Institute of Sport and British Athletics between 2003 and 2014. She has traveled extensively to Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing, and London), Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships with GB track and field (British Athletics) as part of the medical team during this time. She is a member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), Sports Massage Association (Director; SMA), and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Before 2003 Paula worked in Premiership and Championship football for 4 years. She has taught on two sports therapy degree programmes, delivered sessions to MSc students and sports medicine students, written a number of articles and has an MSc in Physiotherapy and an MSc in Sports Injury Management. Paula also delivers soft tissue master-classes to senior physiotherapists and soft tissue therapists within premiership and championship football clubs, National Governing Bodies and to soft tissue therapists nationally and internationally.

Paula is the author of a book entitled Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome: The Complete Guide for Physical Therapists View on Amazon.

Paula also runs very successful sports injury clinics in Shropshire (established in 1994) and Worcestershire with her husband Rick.

Recent content

  • I'll Sleep when I'm Dead, If The Lack of It Doesn't Kill Me First! [Article]

    We all know how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep. However, do you know just how much harm, both physically and mentally, the lack of sleep causes? This article describes what can cause poor sleep and spells out the wide-ranging detrimental effects of it. Additionally, instructions for good sleep hygiene are provided, which will allow you to maximise your training and performance potential. Register free below (or log in if you already have an account) and you can access the article key points and other related resources.

  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJ): A Structured Assessment Strategy [Article]

    ‘Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJ): A Structured Assessment Strategy’ has been developed from an extract of Clayton’s book Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome. It includes step-by-step guidelines for more than 10 sacroiliac joint assessment tests giving therapists an ideal structure within which to perform a sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction assessment. Additional supporting resources include two assessment algorithms, an elearning quiz and a patient advice leaflet. Access the patient leaflet for free by registering or signing in below.

  • Massage Fusion [Book Review]

    This review looks at the recently published title Massage Fusion: The Jing method for the treatment of chronic pain by Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari. Reviewed by senior performance therapist Paula Clayton.

  • Tendinopathy loading programmes: an overview of current concepts

    This article is an overview of a review by Malliaras et al. (1) looking at Achilles and patellar tendinopathy rehabilitation. There has been much research into the pathophysiology of tendinopathy and management of the condition has changed distinctly in the last 10 years. However, therapists are still using these old protocols (observed as little as 4 weeks ago) despite an incredible 45% of patients not responding significantly to eccentric exercise programmes. This article succinctly outlines the latest evidence base and rehab protocols and includes a video, animation and a continuing education multiple choice quiz.

  • Critique of fascial release

    As soft tissue therapists we are constantly required to provide evidence that what we do actually has some impact on the human body. This article attempts to answer some of those questions.