Neil Smitherman MCSP HCPC

Neil qualified as a Physiotherapist at Leeds Beckett University, where he received the Dean’s Award for physiotherapy excellence. Before becoming a physiotherapist he studied sport science at Brunel University, Middlesex and worked in the fitness industry and in sports coaching.

Following his interest in strength and conditioning he took a role at Leeds Rhinos as a strength and conditioning coach for the scholarship.  Over the 5 years he worked at the club he has helped a number of players to develop themselves physically to progress to the professional academy. During this time, he worked closely with the physiotherapist at the club to deliver players rehabilitation and develop strategies to reduce injury risk.

Neil has gained clinical experience in a range of areas in general practice physiotherapy service, stroke rehabilitation and the police rehabilitation center. His area of interest has primarily been sports injuries.

His interest in research and strength and conditioning lead Neil to complete his Masters Degree in strength and conditioning at Leeds Beckett University. 

Neil enjoys weight lifting and previously played rugby. He also volunteers to help coach his sons football team.