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Physiotherapists – Performance Sport

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 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 lead physiotherapist for Loughborough University Men’s Cricket.


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

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


Desi Gillespie – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Athletics, Football & Loughborough Lightning Netball

Desi graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2012 and prior to that attained her Level 5 BTEC in Sports and Remedial Massage. Since qualifying, Desi has worked in private practice, NHS and for the MOD. She has worked with Disability Shooting Great Britain since London 2012 and is currently an International Paralympic Committee Classifier for Disability Shooting. Other sports include Army Corps Men’s Rugby and Premiership Men’s Hockey.

Desi is also a keen athlete in multiple sports and enjoys implementing innovative ideas to promote effective and efficient return to sport and preventative rehabilitation.

Desi is the lead Physiotherapist for Athletics, Football and the Loughborough Lightning Netball team.


Kerry 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.


Clare Lickess – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist Men’s & Women’s Swimming

Following graduation from university as a chartered physiotherapist in 2000, Clare completed core rotations around the university hospitals in Birmingham. This gave her essential experience in many disciplines; including neurology, respiratory care, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, trauma and outpatients.

In 2002, Clare decided to pursue her interests in sports, and secured a specialist post in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. Her key responsibilities included the efficient assessment, triaging and rehabilitation of patients with acute, chronic and overuse injuries, assisting them back to high level of function and sport. This was coordinated through close team work with doctors, nursing staff, strength and conditioning coaches and occupational health nurses.

In addition to the above, Clare has also pursued further post graduate qualifications including a diploma in injection therapy, a post graduate certificate in musculoskeletal studies, and she has also become a sports massage practitioner.

Clare is currently working towards accreditation within the Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Sports Medicine by working towards her bronze and silver awards.

Clare joined the Physiotherapy Clinic here at Loughborough University in February 2015, where she looks forward to further developing her skills in the management of sporting injuries in a multi-sport environment.


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.