Patrick always knew his future lay in sport. A schoolboy player for Manchester United, he managed to play football while keeping up his schoolwork and completing his A Levels. So when a knee injury dashed his dreams of becoming a professional footballer he decided to train as a physiotherapist.
Patrick, said: “Although I was at Manchester United I still wanted to continue studying. The youth team coach Eric Harrison agreed to let me carry on playing for the A and B team while doing my A Levels.” But then when I was 18 I got injured and it took 18 months to find out what the problem was. I had torn my cruciate ligament. By that time I was already studying physiotherapy at Birmingham University, but that was my football career over.”
He got his first job as a physio where he met his wife Tracy – also a qualified physiotherapist. By 1997 the couple had married and decided to open their own private practice. He said “Then one day I got a phone call out of the blue from England RFU asking if I would join the team working with the Under 18s teams initially. In the first year I went on tour with them to Australia. That team included players like Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Tindall. It was a fantastic experience”. Within 18 months Patrick had been invited to work for the RFU’s elite performance department.
That meant he would be part of the dedicated medical team treating all of the countries elite rugby players including the first team, Saxons, under 20s and the 18s.
Over the years he has treated stars including Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall, Andrew Sheridan, Ben Youngs, Courtney Laws and Ian Balshaw to name but a few.
Patrick has also trained in all the latest acupuncture techniques, administering steroid injections and a variety of new orthopaedic techniques. In 2017 he completed a post-graduate diploma Non-Medical Prescribing allowing him to provide prescriptions for patients.
- Sports Injuries
- Neck & Low back pain
- Private prescriptions