Sports & Spinal Physio – Team
Sports and Spinal Physio provides specialist assessment and treatment of head, neck and back conditions and sports related injuries. Our philosophy is based on a combined approach of hands on therapy and specific exercise rehabilitation with integration of our clinical services. It is this approach that has enabled many of our patients to recover from their problems and return to work, the sport they love or just back to living their life again.
Our Staff are experienced clinicians having helped elite sports people as well as many members of the general population. They undergo a rigorous induction programme over a 12 month period, this ensures that they are able to assess and treat patients in accordance to our own strict Sports and Spinal Physio guidelines ensuring high quality evidenced based clinical service with continuity of care.
Assessment and treatment at Sports and Spinal Physio has a very strong bias towards correcting and controlling movement impairments which current science shows underpins pain, recurrence of pain and poor athletic or sporting performance. All staff have undertaken and continue to undergo external training with the internationally recognised organisation Kinetic Control and The Performance Matrix (TPM™). This ensures that all staff are working to the same philosophy and offers our patients and clients the very best that current science has to offer.
All staff participate in a minimum 8 hours of internal training and development per month and attend relevant external training courses that reflect the clinics treatment philosophy and guidelines enhancing their own learning as well as the clinic group as a whole. Sports and Spinal Physio has close connections with local and London based hospital consultants, receiving and referring patients from or to them on a weekly basis.
Dan Smith BSc (Hons) Phys MCSP
Physiotherapist and Lead Clinician
Dan graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and immediately started his career in the NHS. Whilst working for the NHS, he became aware of the disadvantages for patients caused by short appointment times and limited number of sessions available and often felt he was unable to deliver the best care to his patients. As a consequence, he moved into the private sector and over the past 11 years has developed a clinical practice which represents the ultimate modern physiotherapy service. Dan is a Kinetic Control Movement Therapist and is a certified TPM Professional.
Special Interest – Spinal Pain and Headaches
Over the past 10 years Dan has developed a special interest in the treatment of spinal pain and in particular neck pain, headaches and migraines. He works closely with local neurologists and GPs providing solutions to people suffering from these conditions even in cases that have proven resistant to all other forms of medicine. Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist Dan has had the opportunity to treat a variety of elite sports men and women including international and premiership football players, elite PGA golfers and Olympic hopefuls.
“Getting you better and keeping you better requires careful identification of the movement dysfunction responsible for your problem. This then needs correcting using a combination of tailored therapeutic exercises in conjunction with hands on manipulation and mobilisation” Dan Smith
Sharon Mumford BSc (Hons) Phys MCSP
Sharon studied Physiotherapy at the University of East London. Sharon is a Kinetic Control Therapist and like her colleagues has a passion for assessing and correcting faulty movements that underpin pain and pathology. At Sports and Spinal Physio Sharon is the lead IDD Therapy clinician and is responsible for the collection and analysis of our IDD Therapy outcome data.
Special Interest – Upper Limb Injuries
As well as leading IDD Therapy she specialises in upper limb disorders and is a member of the British Hand Therapy Association. Sharon has completed a master’s module in acupuncture at University of Hertfordshire and uses this therapy modality for the management of pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and soft tissue trigger points.
In addition she has an ongoing interest in sports injury medicine having been involved in rugby coaching for many years, still being a member of the physiotherapy team at Bishops Stortford Rugby club. In a quest to improve her knowledge and skills in Sports Medicine, Sharon spent six weeks at an elite sports injury clinic in Queensland Australia where she had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s best athletes.
Scott Cook BSc (Hons) Phys MCSP, AACP. BSc (hons) ST
Scott studied Physiotherapy at the University of Essex where he obtained a first class honours degree. Prior to this Scott completed a degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Kent. Scott works closely with Masters Dance and Performing Arts College where he runs bi-annual screening and weekly injury assessment clinics to assess and treat their young Dancers. He is also Physiotherapist for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Basketball Programme at Seevic College in Essex, here Scott works closely with Elite Basketball and Strength and Conditioning Coaches to provide bi-annual screening, weekly physiotherapy provision as well as tailored conditioning programmes for each young athlete.
Special Interests in Lower Limb Tendon Injury.
Scott has completed post graduate training in Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and Acupuncture and is a member of the Associated Acupuncturists for Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). Scott holds a particular interest in the treatment and prevention of lower limb Tendon injuries as well as assessment screening and injury prevention in the young athlete.
In what spare time he has, Scott regularly participates in football, golf, running as well as exercising at the gym. Additionally he has sailed for many years and holds a qualification as an assistant sailing instructor with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
Lucy Davis MSc BSc MSST
Sports Scientist and Therapist
After completing her Sports Science degree Lucy embarked on an accelerated postgraduate Masters degree in Sports Therapy. Since qualifying she has worked with the National Tonga Rugby Union team at the World Cup and has more recently qualified as an accredited TPM Professional.
Special Interests – Sports Injuries, Injury Prevention and Sporting Performance
Prior to studying at University Lucy enjoyed competing in gymnastics, in combination with her Sports Science and Sports Therapy degrees it is unsurprising that her special interest is the assessment and treatment of sporting individuals at both recreational and competitive level.