David Rhodes

Mr David Rhodes

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB133

+44 (0) 1772 89 5490


David has worked in a variety of Sports Therapy fields since qualifying, in both elite sport and private practice. He joined the teaching staff in September 2015 from Edge Hill University, where he worked as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy. David’s extensive contacts in sport have enabled a large number of placement opportunities to be embedded within the course, providing students with the work experience they require to increase their employability.

David is research active within the area of Rehabilitation Sciences and is a member of the Allied Health Research Unit. 

Full Profile

Since qualifying as a Sports Scientist in 2003 David has held a number of different positions within semi-professional and professional sport working in this field part time. He completed this work alongside his full time role working as a physical education teacher. His work within sport led to him developing a keen interest in musculoskeletal injury and this led to him embarking on an MSc in Sports Therapy in 2008 at UCLan. David then went on to work as a Sports Therapist in a variety of professional and semi-professional football clubs and developing his own private practice where he has worked with a large variety of professional sports people with diverse sporting backgrounds, including football, rugby, boxing, weight lifting, gymnastics and dance.

In 2011 David became a Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy at Edge Hill University where he taught across the BSc and MSc programmes. In addition to this David completed his PGCTHE and gained membership as a HEA fellow. During his time at Edge Hill University he developed his research interests and in 2012 embarked on a PhD. He has a keen research interest in fatigue, the effects of this on biomechanical function and intervention strategies employed to reduce the effects of fatigue. This work has led to various consultancy roles within professional sport and enabled this research area to be developed further.

David joined the teaching staff at UCLan in September 2015 as the Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy. His main focus within the programme has been to enhance the placement opportunities provided to students and develop the student experience through this; ultimately with the focus of increasing student employability post-graduation.

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

HEA Fellow
Member of the Society of Sports Therapists

Research activities

Fatigue and Biomechanical Function



Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

BSc (hons) Sports Therapy

External Affiliations and Roles

Various professional and semi-professional football clubs