My name is Daniel Martin and I teach on a range of modules based on the Sports Therapy BSc program. I have always had a strong affinity for physical activity, health and sport.
My working life started in a factory, and I soon realised that the factory life wasn’t for me. Thinking further, I decided that I wanted to have a job that would allow me to impact people’s lives on a day to day basis.
I decided to undertake a BSc program in Physiotherapy at the University of Liverpool and subsequently went on to work at the Royal Liverpool Hospital for the proceeding three years. At the time, I had no interest in working in sport, but in 2003 my life got flipped, turned upside down, and I was recruited to fulfil the role of Head Physiotherapist at Widnes Vikings Rugby League club.
I have held the roles of Head of Medical Services at the Welsh 7s (2005), Newport Gwent Dragons (2006-2011) and Bristol Rugby (2011-2015). Not wanting to be known as a “Rugby Physio” I have chosen to embrace different sports over the last few years and have worked at the World Athletics in London (2017), Racing Club Narbonne (2016-17), Glamorgan Cricket (2015-2017) and more recently with the FAW Women’s Elite Player squad (2016-ongoing).
My personal interests and hobbies include running some leadership training with my wife and helping the kids work at City Church in Cardiff. I love the continent and people of Africa, and have been over to work with various groups in both Kenya and Rwanda on separate trips.
I am a Lancastrian born, Welshman, who loves to follow Everton and my local rugby region, the Dragons. I also, love to watch any sport that is on telly, especially American Football (specifically the Pittsburgh Steelers - where I did a placement for my MSc in Sports Physiotherapy).
One of the UWTSD tag lines is transforming education, transforming lives, and I aim to achieve this through impartation of my knowledge and transfer of skills to the students to enable them to become fully autonomous practitioners.