Osman Ahmed, Physiotherapist

Osman Ahmed is an itinerant physiotherapist for the Football Association. He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and initially worked for the Football Association with the England Amputee Football squad in 2003. He commenced his postgraduate studies in 2006 and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Back in the UK, he returned to work for the Football Association and attended the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing as the Physiotherapist for the England Cerebral Palsy Football squad. He then undertook his PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand where his research was focused on the use of Facebook to assist the recovery from sports-related concussion and graduated in 2013. He is currently working with several of the England Disability squads (Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disability, and B1 squads) and was a co-founder of the FA Centre for Disability Football Research.

Aileen Taylor, Chartered Physiotherapist, MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine

Aileen Taylor is currently the lead co-ordinator and runs the Football Association   Injury and Illness surveillance studies, which in 2013 extended to include the National football disability teams. She has a keen interest in injury risk assessment and management in sport and has been working in injury surveillance since 2007 with both the International Rugby board and English Rugby Football Union. Aileen also works clinically, currently at Loughborough University physiotherapy clinic and has 15 years sports physiotherapy experience, working with a number of different sports and teams in both England and Kenya.

Anthony Ward, Professor, BSc, MD, FRCPEd, FRCP

Tony Ward is Visiting Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Staffordshire University and Director of the North Staffordshire Rehabilitation Centre at the Haywood Hospital in Stoke on Trent.  Medical degrees from the University of St. Andrews and University of Dundee.  

His clinical and research interests centre on the management of spasticity and stroke and brain injury rehabilitation.  He is on the World Stroke Organisation Global Stroke Community Advisory Panel and International Spasticity Advisory Board through his chairmanship of the European Spasticity Faculty.  He has published widely in scientific journals and his books include “The Clinical Uses of Botulinum Toxins”, the Textbook of Rehabilitation Medicine, the OUP Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine, the 2009 RCP National Guidelines for the Management of Spasticity in Adults and the RCP’s Working Party Report on “Rehabilitation Medicine 2011 and Beyond”.

Craig Boyd, The FA

Craig has been a staff member with numerous England national teams over the past 14 years. Most notably, from a disability squad perspective, providing extensive support for the LD, CP & VI squads through World Championships and Paralympic competitions.  In addition, Craig has supported the women's national team S&C programme and was a key staff member at UEFA European Champs and FIFA World Cups for U17, U20 and U21 men's national teams and TeamGB at London 2012. Craig is a BASES Accredited Sport Physiologist, UEFA Licenced Coach and continues to research the demands of football for athletes with CP.

Richard Weiler, Doctor

Dr Richard Weiler is the lead medical officer for disability football for The FA. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1999, competed his house officer training and then went on a four year adventure investment banking. He returned to medicine in 2004 and shortly completed his MRCGP (distinction) membership exams. He then then gained an MSc with distinction in Sport & Exercise Medicine at UCL in 2007 followed by a return to hospitals completing Sport and Exercise Medicine specialist training in 2011. Last year he completed a PGCE in health and medical education at the University of Hertfordshire and started a PhD at VU/EMGO+ in Amsterdam. He has spent five years as club doctor at Watford , six months at Chelsea Academy and three years as club doctor to West Ham, continuing to work all this time with the disability squads.  

He attended the 2012 Paralympic Games in London as Team GB medical officer to the GB Blind and Cerebral Palsy football teams. He is a very active researcher in sports medicine, public health and physical activity, is a Trustee to Caudwell Children, Patron to the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association, is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at UCLH, Board Member for The Institute of Sports and Exercise Medicine, module lead for Sports Medicine at UCL on the MSc in Musculoskeletal Science at the Institute of Orthopaedics, external tutor, lecturer and examiner on the UCL MSc in Sport, Exercise and Health and a co-founder of the FA Centre for Disability Football Research.

Evert Verhagen, PhD FECSS

Evert Verhagen is a human movement scientist and epidemiologist. He is employed as an associate professor at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the VU University Medical Center and the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam. He chairs the department's research theme 'Sports, Lifestyle and Health' consisting of about 22 research projects and 25 fte in research and supporting staff. His main research topics are: 1. Prevention of sports and physical activity related injuries (including cost-effectiveness and implementation issues); and 2. Physical activity promotion integrated in everyday life. He is currently supervising 13 (inter-)national PhDs and one post-doc, divided across these two topics. Within the department he also fulfils teaching responsibilities for the faculties of Medicine, Human Movement Sciences and Health Sciences, and individual supervision in research training.

He has (co)authored 77 peer-reviewed publications, contributed to a number of books and is the co-editor of the first ever handbook on sports injury research methodology. Additionally, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, senior associate editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Athletic Training.

David Sims

David is the current Sport Scientist and Strength and Conditioning coach for England’s Senior Deaf Futsal team and has been developing a mobile/tablet application to aid the squad’s training programme. He is currently studying a Ph.D. project titled “The neuromuscular and kinematic analysis of adult males with congenital skeletal dysplasia” at Manchester Metropolitan University, which is sponsored and funded by the Dream It Believe It Achieve It charity.

David has previously worked for the Football Association as a Sport Scientist and Strength and Conditioning coach with England’s Senior Blind Football team. He has also worked for Great Britain’s Womens Deaf Football team, who went onto win Bronze at the Deaflympics 2013. Along with David’s Ph.D. work he has also conducted biomechanical and physiological research within blind and sighted footballers, to help guide the England Blind squad’s training.

Jonathan Lavelle, FRCS (Orth)

Jonathan is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon practicing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and a founder member of The Fortius Clinic, specialising in knee surgery.

He has a long history of involvement in multiple sports including premiership football, rugby, skiing and horse racing. He provided care for athletes from a number of sports in the build up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Jonathan has a particular interest in surgical management and rehabilitation of knee ligament injuries.

Chris Salvary

Chris Salvary has been practising sports massage in a variety of contexts  for almost 20 years, having qualified at the LSSM in 1992, and has taught the subject for many years in private schools and on university degree programmes. She has extensive experience within disability sport, having worked with the GB team at the first ever IPC World Athletics Championships in Berlin in 1994, and at many other national and international disability events since. She worked with the GB Paralympic Athletics team at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, and was a member of the core medical team at the pre-Beijing 2008 holding camp in Macau. She also worked with the Team Wales Elite Athletes with Disabilities at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006. Chris worked with the GB Paralympic Football teams (Cerebral Palsy 7-a-side and Blind 5-a-side) at the 2012 Paralympics and currently supports the England CP team at training camps and tournaments.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis has worked in disability sport for the past 25 years and as The FA’s National Development Manager – disability football since 2004. He coached the England Learning Disability squad, winning the 2002 World Football Championship in Japan and the 2004 Global Games. He has worked as Performance Director for Paralympic Football in Beijing and in London. He is passionate about inclusion and ensuring that disabled players have the best chance to reach their potential in football.

Matt Dimbylow

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