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Physiotherapists – Performance Sport

Charlie Akiens – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Swimming


Charlie is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, sports masseuse and acupuncturist, qualifying in 2004 from Southampton with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She is now due to complete her MSc in Sports Medicine in August 2018. Charlie is currently a consultant physiotherapist to Basketball England and British Athletics.

She has worked for many years in the NHS, British military, private sports injury practices, GP surgeries and private hospitals.

She has a wealth of experience across many sporting disciplines, including rugby, volleyball, American football, sitting volleyball, hockey and football. This has involved travelling abroad to provide support.

She has worked as a volunteer physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was lead physiotherapist for hockey at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Charlie has also been Team GB HQ physiotherapist for the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival in Austria and Lichtenstein in 2015.

Charlie is a qualified triathlon coach, scuba diver and mountain climber, she has trekked up Mt Kilimanjaro and Machu Pichu as well as travelling around the world with her backpack.

Charlie joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in March 2018 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Swimming.


Gavin Dempsey – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s Rugby and Men’s & Women’s Hockey

CertHE Physiology and Health Science, BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, PG Cert Sports Physiotherapy

Gavin initially completed a Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science at Carlow Institute of Technology before completing his undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2013. Gavin is a chartered physiotherapist, a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine and is currently studying for his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at the Univeristy of Bath. Additionally, Gavin holds a certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport, a diploma in Sports Massage, Immediate Care in Sport Trauma Qualification and is a UKAD anti-doping advisor.

Upon qualification as a physiotherapist, Gavin gained experience in sport whilst doing a work placement with Hull City AFC during their 2013-14 pre-season, after which he began his physiotherapy career working in private practice in the Midlands. Gavin then moved to London where he began working with Wasps Rugby Academy, London Broncos Rugby League Academy and Henley College AASE programme. This exposure to developing rugby players led to Gavin spending 2 years as Lead Academy Physiotherapist – which involved assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating aspiring athletes, in addition to providing pitch side support at Sevens, Senior and Academy Rugby matches.

Gavin joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in March 2017, where he works with the Loughborough Student Rugby team and the Men and Women’s hockey programmes.


Simon Evans – Clinical Lead and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s Cricket


BSc. (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation, MSc. Physiotherapy

Simon is a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist based in Solihull, with an MSc. in Physiotherapy from the University of Southampton. He is also a Level 4 Elite Trainer, holding a BSc. (Hons) in Sports Rehabilitation.

Over recent years, Simon has worked as a physiotherapist in various hospitals throughout England, tending to those of all ages and ailments. Simon has worked in numerous departments including Outpatients, Neurology, Respiratory, Orthopaedic and Intensive Care; effectively aiding patients recovery / rehabilitation process and gaining substantial knowledge in working together with differing clientele to achieve their individual goals.

In addition, Simon has worked closely with various professional sports clubs, such as Harlequins RFC and Wimbledon AFC. He has also worked at the Loughborough European Athletic events, assessing and treating sports injuries.

Simon has a natural ability to adapt to his surroundings and this has led to his ability to give consistent effective treatment with the interests of his clients being the paramount focus.

Simon is the Clinical Lead and Lead Physiotherapist for Loughborough University Men’s Cricket.


Tom Gibson – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Basketball

BSc.(Hons) Physiotherapy, AACP

Tom is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as well as the Health Care Professionals Council. He qualified in 2012 from Leicester University and began his career working with Leicester City Football Club Academy. Tom worked with the club for five years, treating a wide range of players from the U9 squad up to the U23 squad.

Tom joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2017.


Ed Holden – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Women’s Rugby & Cricket

Ed graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2015 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Following the completion of his degree he immediately began a role as an academy physiotherapist at Birmingham City Football Club, working predominantly with the U9-U16 squads. During his time in this role he learnt and developed skills within the field of assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating young and aspiring athletes.

After a year in his role at Birmingham City, Ed made the move to south Wales where he joined the first team medical set up at Ospreys Rugby Club. It was here that he developed his rehabilitation and in particular his pitch side management skills. In this role Ed was tasked with working within an elite environment and the pressures that resulted from this. He worked on a daily basis with full international and Lions players, helping with their daily maintenance treatments, match day preparation and long term management plans.

He has a particular interest in a variety of rehabilitation methods, injury reduction techniques and aims to make his physiotherapy sessions as sports specific and functional as possible.

Ed joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in May 2018 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for both Women’s Rugby and Women’s Cricket.


Glendon – Lead TASS & Rugby Physiotherapist

BSc. Physiotherapy, MSc. Manual Therapy

Kerry graduated from Keele University in 2007 with a BSc. in Physiotherapy. She has since completed her Masters in Manual Therapy at the University of Nottingham and gained membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Charted Physiotherapists (MACP) in 2012.

Kerry completed her Acupuncture Foundation course in 2008 and has since used acupuncture in her practice. She has completed an array of courses in movement dysfunctions, pitchside trauma, sports injuries, massage, taping and manipulation to name just a few.

Kerry previously worked for Perform & the Football Association (FA) at St. Georges Park National Football Centre, treating elite athletes. She was the physiotherapist for the Women’s U19 squad for the past year. Whilst working with the Women’s U19 squad, she was fortunate enough to support the athletes during the Euro Finals in Israel.

Kerry has been the Lead Physiotherapist with Loughborough Students RFC, who have been competing in National League One since 2015.

She has a wealth of experience having worked in a NHS setting for six years gaining experience and expertise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She has a clinical interest in shoulder and spinal conditions, which she focused on during her Master’s dissertation.

Harvey Maguire – Lead Physiotherapist for Athletics and Football

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc. Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Harvey is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as well as the Health Care Professionals Council and Associaton of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (Bronze level). He graduated with a degree in BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2011, completing his Masters Degree in Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2016.

Harvey began his career working in professional football at Wolverhampton Wanderers as an Academy Physiotherapist for 2 seasons, from here he undertook a position with Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme working with athletes across a range of sporting backgrounds, including British Ski and Snowboard and England Table Tennis. From here he began a role at St George’s Park, The National Football Centre where he worked with the Professional Footballers Association Residential Rehabilitation scheme as well as a role with The FA Mens Development teams. Harvey began a role with Athletics New Zealand in 2017 supporting their athletes prior to the 2017 Athletics World Championships in London.

Currently Harvey works as a Physiotherapist for British Athletics at Diamond League events, the Sub 2 hour marathon project, British Universities Sport, Athletics New Zealand and England Athletics.

Harvey joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2017 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Athletics and Men’s Football.


Alex Peace – Clinical Lead for Performance Sport and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc. Sport & Exercise Medicine

Alex qualified in 2002 from Brunel University, London and has a wide range of experience working in both public and private sectors. Alex worked for many years in a variety of areas within the NHS, before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Following many happy years in the NHS, she is now Clinical Lead here in the clinic, combining this with a full clinical caseload in addition to running two private practices of her own.

Alex has previously worked with the Amateur Swimming Association on the England Talent Program, and for various football and rugby squads throughout her career. Alex combined her passion for sport and physiotherapy by completing an MSc. in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University in 2011.

Alex uses a ‘hands-on’ physiotherapy approach with a focus on rehabilitation to deliver an effective treatment program, often using techniques such as acupuncture, massage and taping.