Northumbria University offer a treatment and rehabilitation service for selected performance athletes and teams based at the Sport Central. Our expert sports physiotherapist work closely with our S&C coaches to understand the causes of injuries to ensure they are able to identify, treat and eliminate sport related injuries.

Whether you are a performance athlete or take part in social sport Northumbria Sport have an in-house massage service that offers sports massages.

 Our programme includes

  • Physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation support for scholarship athletes
  • Physiotherapy screenings for scholarship athletes
  • Discounted physiotherapy at Physiotherapy Matters
  • In-house sports massage

Meet the experts

Salwa Bowen – Lead Physiotherapist

Salwa is a highly specialist practitioner in Musculoskeletal and Sport Physiotherapy with over 23 years of extensive experience working in the professional sport industry. Previous to that, her work was in primary musculoskeletal care within the NHS.
Salwa was part of the professional medical team at Newcastle Falcons for 16 years, before her consultancy work with sport injuries at Northumbria University. Supporting semi-professional national and international student athletes across a wide range of sports, up to Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Salwa also worked as a clinical educator to physiotherapy students at Northumbria University and enjoys teaching and presentation work in the sport medicine field

Ben Sutton – Physiotherapist

Ben has worked in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for 6 years. Ben was the lead physiotherapist for the England Women’s Rugby League Team and the Head of Physiotherapy at Newcastle Thunder Rugby League Club for 3 seasons. Now he shares his workload between his private practice and Northumbria University.

Kristy Peacock - Physiotherapist

Kirsty is a specialised sports medicine physio and is experienced in all aspects of musculoskeletal injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in a wide range of sports.  A former rower, she spent several years working with the Irish rowing team travelling around the world supporting athletes through world championships before taking the role as lead physio with Munster rugby in Limerick, Ireland for 6 years.

Dylan Powell - Physiotherapist 

Dylan is Physiotherapist with passion and experience in providing high-quality care and treatment in a wide variety of clinical settings. Starting his career as physiotherapist in NHS Scotland, Dylan has since held roles at Cambridge United Football Club and has benefitted from working visits to the USA at Kansas State University and University California Berkeley College football and rugby programmes. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sports Related Concussion at Northumbria University in 2019. Alongside working at Northumbria Dylan works as a Consultant Academy Physiotherapist at Rangers Football Club, Glasgow.

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