Andy Cunningham

Andy Cunningham

Principal Lecturer

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB125

+44 (0) 1772 89 4568

Andy is research active within the area of biomechanics and rehabilitation and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

Full Profile

Andy originally trained as a Physical Education teacher and spent an enjoyable 15 years teaching in inner city schools in Coventry. He then went on to work in Further and Higher Education in Coventry before moving on to lead the Sports Therapy course at the University of Teesside.

He has gained his FA Full Badge qualification and coached and managed football at schoolboy representative level and in semi-professional football.


1998 MSc Sports Medicine - Queens Medical Centre - Nottingham University Hospital

1994 - Diploma in Sports Therapy - Society of Sports Therapists

1982 BEd (Hon) Physical Education - Sheffield City Polytechnic


Richards, James, Thewlis, Dominic, Selfe, James, Cunningham, Andrew and Hayes, Colin (2008) A Biomechanical Investigation of A Single-Limb Squat: Implications for Lower Extremity Rehabilitation Exercise. Journal of Athletic Training, 43 (5). pp. 477-482. ISSN 1062-6050

Whitaker, Jonathan, Cunningham, Andrew and Selfe, James (2007) A Study To Determine The Extent Of First Aid Qualifications And Knowledge Among Team Officials In Non-Elite Youth Sport In England. The Internet Journal of Emergency Medicine, 3 (2). ISSN 1935-9551

Whitaker, Jonathan, Cunningham, Andrew and Selfe, James (2006) Youth sports injuries and their immediate management: a review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 11 (3). pp. 171-177. ISSN 10833196

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Teaching Activities

Andy qualified as a Sports Therapist in 1994 and graduated with an MSc in Sports Medicine from Queens Medical Centre, University Hospital Nottingham in 1998. He has worked as a Sports Therapist in semi-professional football and as a Medical Manager at the Commonwealth Games shooting site at Bisley in 2002. He has run his own sports injury clinic, tennis school and retail sports business. Andy came to The University of Central Lancashire in 2004 and has been involved in the development of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, MSc Sports Therapy, BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning and the FD in Sports Massage Practice.

His research interests are in sports first aid, the management of acute ankle injuries, chronic exertional compartment syndrome in runners and the use of eccentric training during rehabilitation.

In 2006 he developed a new sports aid qualification ‘Managing Incidents in Sport and Exercise First Aid: Making the Right Decision’ which was an innovative new learning resource and sports first aid qualification based on an interactive CD ROM and assessment workshop. This was very popular and over 2000 students have taken the qualification based in 12 different academic institutions. The course has since been developed in collaboration with the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU). The STA and RFU have both recognised the importance of providing a basic qualification in sports first aid and Andy is delighted to work with them in providing easily accessible materials online to create a more effective learning environment.

In 2010 he was the author of Sports First Aid: A Kit Bag Guide was published by A & C Black and was voted Fitness book of the month by Men’s Health magazine

Andy has been appointed as a Venue Medical Manager for London 2012 and is hoping that this experience will lead to new friends and colleagues.

He volunteers as a Community First Responder for the North- West Ambulance Service in Lytham St Annes.

He enjoys playing squash and trying to reduce his golf handicap.


Society of Sports Therapists

Sports Coach UK

External Activities

Professional Lead for Sport Therapy

Responsibilities for Enterprise and Employability within the School

External Examiner for MSc Sports Therapy at Leeds Metropolitan University

Reviewer for BMJ

Reviewer for Emergency Medicine Journal

Reviewer for Clinical Journal of Epidemiology

Reviewer for Physical Therapy in Sport