About Ben Oliver

As well as owning and managing BSc Sports Therapy Clinic Limited, Ben is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Salford and is the first XV Sports Therapist at Sedgley Tigers RUFC. Ben obtained a first class honours degree in sports therapy from the University of Central Lancashire. Whilst at UCLan Ben completed a dissertation project titled “The effect of cryotherapy on knee joint position sense during a small knee bend”, which has now been proposed for publication in an academic journal. The project involved investigating the effects of ice treatment on the knee joint and the potential effects that it has on limb positioning during exercise.

As a student Ben gained a wealth of experience working with professional and semi-professional sports clubs. He also worked at a successful Physiotherapy Clinic. In addition to his placements, Ben performed massage on members of the Fijian National Rugby League team whilst they were competing in the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. On a number of occasions Ben has also performed voluntary massage at various running marathons.

As a postgraduate, Ben worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Central Lancashire, where he conducted research into the adolescent growth spurt and its effect on injury and performance. This was in conjunction with Blackburn Rovers FC academy. Now, alongside his ownership of the clinics, Ben is completing a PhD titled “Achilles Tendon loading during dynamic tasks.”

Below is a table of Ben’s experience:

Blackburn Rovers FC Academy Sedgley Park RUFC
Preston North End FC FC United of Manchester U18’s
MCFC Academy Macclesfield Town FC
Fylde RUFC 10 Bridge Physiotherapy Clinic
Fylde Coast Maratons Fijian National Rugby League

Below is a table of Ben’s qualifications:

First Class Honours Degree (BSc) RFU Immediate Care in Sport Level 2

About Niall Ward

Niall Ward Physiotherapist

Niall is a qualified Physiotherapist from Northern Ireland and is currently completing his post grad MSc in Sport Medicine. After graduation, Niall quickly made the move into full-time professional sport where has worked for several seasons with St. Helens RLFC and Leigh Centurions RLFC. During this time Niall held the titles of Academy Physiotherapist, Head of Soft tissue treatment – First Team and Assistant First Team Physiotherapist.

Niall’s experience within the sporting world is vast, having worked with Rugby League, Rugby Union, Gaelic Football, Football, Boxing, Ice Hockey, and long-distance running athletes.

In the Fall of 2017, Niall represented at international level when he took the Head of Physiotherapy role with the Northern Ireland Senior Ladies for their European Qualifier vs Slovakia. Niall also took part in Scotland Rugby League 4 Nations campaign, providing cover for the squad during their residential in Preston.

Niall’s repertoire of skills involves:

  • Accurate diagnosis of acute / chronic musculoskeletal injuries
  • Treatment to promote active function of the injured limb
  • Soft tissue massage therapy
  • Rehabilitation design and education
  • Strapping of limbs for rehabilitation or competition
  • Fitness testing pre/post injury
  • Injury screening – preseason (individual or squad)

Niall has a working relationship with several senior consultant specialists within the North West of England. He has completed continued professional development with each of these specialists to aid his prescription of exercise therapy with the injured athlete. Below are some of the courses completed by Niall:

  • Professor Lennard Funk – Shoulder: Hypermobility or laxity?
  • Hip & Groin masterclass – Hip & Groin clinic Manchester
  • Tim McGrath – Mid range ACL rehabilitation

Niall is a fully accredited member of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). He has also recently presented at the Kingsbridge Private Hospital, Belfast, on the topic of:

Concussion: The Return to Play Protocol following Concussion.

About Leah Boal

Niall Ward Physiotherapist

Leah studied BSc Sport Rehabilitation at the University of Salford, obtaining a first class honours, and is going to continue her studies at the University of Central Lancashire in a MSc in Sports Medicine to develop her skills and knowledge further.

During her undergraduate years Leah gained first hand experience through different placements at professional and amateur sports club, including Sale Sharks rugby union, Widnes Vikings rugby league, Lancashire Spinners Basketball and Coleraine RUFC first XV. She has also voluntarily helped at different sporting events including the Manchester Marathon and HMRC 5-aside football tournament. Leah is also a member of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers.

Leah has a great interest in a variety of sports, in particular rowing and rugby, and will work as the Sport Rehabilitator for Sedgley Minis and Juniors.

Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation
RFU Pre Hospital Immediate Care in Sport Level 2
VTCT Sports Massage Therapy Level 3