Rob Barker (MCSP) Clinical Director.
- Sports injury
- Movement screening
- Athletic performance
Before life as a physiotherapist I studied a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. This provided me with opportunities to work with talented college athletes, testing physiological limitations and providing training data to improve athletic performance. I completed a dissertation on blood lactate threshold and its relationship to distance running.
After completing my Sports Science degree I moved to the Northwest and worked within the fitness industry for a few years gaining register of exercise professionals level 3 status. I provided a personal training service to athletes, tailoring exercise programmes to golfers, runners and cyclists. However, I soon felt limited by the work I was doing within the fitness industry and naturally progressed by studying Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time I developed my learning outside of University by taking a pro-active approach, volunteering and shadowing at Wasps Rugby Club and the British Transplant Games as well as shadowing within several private practices in the region. I completed my dissertation on soft tissue release techniques and their role within muscle imbalance.
Since graduating in 2009 I have worked in several private practices, a private orthopaedic hospital and within the NHS, gaining knowledge, skills and qualifications including Pilates. During this time I have completed rotational posts within neurological and orthopaedic wards as well as musculoskeletal outpatient departments.
In January 2015 while still working within the NHS I started RGB Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic based in The Centre @ Halton, which, by 2016, became Fairway Physio, moving into larger premises within Lancaster Golf Club. Previously working across multiple sports within physiotherapy and the fitness industry gave me the skills and experience to train and rehabilitate athletes who require mobility, stability and rotational power. I am Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified, allowing me to deliver the highest quality golf specific screening to my clients.
I like to treat patients with a combination of hands on therapy skills and progressive exercise rehabilitation that allows patients to move better and perform better than before their injury.
Outside of work, I met my wife Daphne in 2001 and have been married since 2011. We travelled Asia for a year on our honeymoon. We have two gorgeous little girls who keep us on our toes. I play golf as much as I can and like to keep fit by cycling and heading to the gym. As a family we love to walk and head into the Lakes as often as possible.
I look forward to meeting you.
Daphne Barker Administrator
Hello, I am the voice that you are likely to hear when you make a booking by phone with Fairway Physio. I am responsible for many of the admin duties and making the business run smoothly ‘behind the scenes’. I have a PhD in auditory neuroscience and work in research within the psychology department at Lancaster University. I spend the rest of my days bringing up our two beautiful girls. In my spare time, I enjoy taking family trips to the lakes, running and baking. I look forward to taking your call.
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Lucy Downham (MCSP) Physiotherapist
- Functional exercise
- Return to sport rehab
Prior to completing my physiotherapy masters at Cumbria University, I lived in Leeds doing my undergraduate studies in Sport Science and Physiology. During this time I had a primary interest in biomechanics, which I completed my dissertation in. Within this, I assessed the wear rate on hip prostheses during a golf swing. My interests have always been around athlete performance and promoting a holistic approach to healthy living.
During my time in Leeds, my primary hobby was climbing, which took me all over Yorkshire and the UK. My interests lie in outdoor activities and since being back in the lake district I’ve been an avid fell runner, competing in events from local fell races to ultras. I love to swim all year round in the lakes, and you’ll find me in the mountains most weekends. Other interests of mine include cycling and crossfit.
Prior to joining the Fairway Physio team I worked in a nursing home working with patients with a variety of neurological conditions and also worked in a rotational physiotherapy post in the NHS. As much as I enjoyed my time there, my passion lies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I particularly enjoy working with athletes in return to sport rehabilitation. In addition, I have completed my Level 1 – 3 APPI Pilates qualifications and enjoy incorporating this into my practice.
Orkun Ozen (BASRat) Sports Massage Therapist
Orkun has recently completed a Degree in Sports Rehabilitation from the University of Cumbria. Whilst completing his degree, he gained a wide range of practical and academic experience. He was privileged to work within various therapy clinics, diagnosing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries / conditions and has gained valuable experience working as an assistant physio at the Vale of Lune rugby club, within the clinic and pitch side. He also had the opportunity to work as a sports rehabilitator for one of the Brathay 2019 marathon runners, where he was responsible for treating, diagnosing and preventing injuries throughout the 10 day event.
He has furthered his training with courses in Kinesio taping, Sports Leaders UK (Level 2) Qualification in Community Sports Leadership and Pre-Hospital Immediate Care (Level 2).
He is enthusiastic about fitness, regularly attending the gym and has a keen interest in therapy and clinical development.
Whether you are looking to reduce pain, maintaining pain free movement, or improve performance, Orkun is looking forward to working with you, and showing you the benefits sports massage can have on your body.