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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 – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Badminton, Triathlon and 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 Badminton, Triathlon and Men’s Cricket.


Conal Geoghegan – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Basketball

BSc Hons in Physiotherapy

Conal is a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist from Nottingham, with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University. He also holds a Level 3 Exercise Referral with Special Conditions Diploma.

Conal has gained experience working in both the public and private sectors, working within musculoskeletal, paediatric, respiratory and sports settings. He has gained experience with a variety of sports such as football, rugby, cricket and basketball and is currently the lead physiotherapist for the men’s and women’s basketball programmes at Loughborough University, alongside providing physiotherapy for the professional WBBL Leicester Riders Basketball team.

In 2017, Conal began his pathway working with the national team within basketball, as he became the lead physiotherapist for the Great Britain U16’s Women’s team.

Currently, Conal has a combined role working with both performance sports and within the private clinic, allowing him to see a wide variety of clients and helping achieve goals ranging from returning to normal every day activities to competing at the national level of their sports.


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 – Clinical Lead (Maternity Cover) Performance Sport & Lead Rugby Physiotherapist


Amy Kirkbride – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Women’s Cricket & Women’s Rugby

Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Amy graduated from St. Martin’s College in 2008, with a First Class Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She then worked for a number of years in private practice, NHS and also part time in sport, before going to Bradford Bulls RLFC.

Amy’s special interests include manual therapy, injury prevention and the rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Amy is the lead physiotherapist for Loughborough Lightning Women’s Cricket Team and Loughborough Lightning Women’s Rugby Team.


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 Sports Medicine 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.