Russell Hitchen

Lecturer in Sports Medicine
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Russell joined UCLan in September 2017 following a full time career in professional football. Russell first qualified as a physiotherapist in 2009 and initially worked at in the NHS at Trafford General Hospital. He later moved into professional football and spent 8 years at Wigan Athletic FC including 2 years as Head Physiotherapist, working predominantly in the Premier League and Championship. He has also been Head Physiotherapist at League One side Fleetwood Town FC and currently holds a position at Manchester United Academy, which he works alongside his lecturing. Away from professional football, Russell also works as a physiotherapy contractor for the English Institute of Sport and has his own private physiotherapy clinic treating a wide variety of conditions.