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Medical Staff

Dave Rennie
Head Physiotherapist

After initially obtaining a degree in Sports Science from the University of Surrey, Dave re-trained in Physiotherapy and graduated from the University of Nottingham with first class honours in 1994.

He worked at the Leicester Royal Infirmary before moving to the Derby Gait Analysis Laboratory in 1998.

During his time at both institutions he was able to specialise in sport - working with the Leicester Tigers, the England Women's Netball Team, the English Schools Badminton Association and the British Triathlon Association.

He joined Leicester City in 1999 and became Head Physiotherapist a year later. Dave is responsible for the physiotherapy treatment of all of the professional players. His main duties include prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all professional players at the club.

He is currently involved in a number of research areas and currently is studying for his PhD investigating the effect that pitches have upon players, injury and performance.

Dave has presented his research at National and international meetings with a number of articles being published.

Simon Murphy
First Team Physiotherapist

Having trained at the University of Nottingham where he gained his BSc in Physiotherapy, Simon gained experience at Derby County before moving to take the Head Physiotherapist role at Mansfield Town.

During his first season at the club Simon oversaw the sides’ championship winning return to the football league.

After developing the medical department further while the club settled in League 2, Simon left to join Leicester City in March 2014 as they went on to win the Championship and secure a return to the Barclays Premier League.

Working with Head Physiotherapist Dave Rennie, Simon is responsible for the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of first-team players at the Club.

Dr Ian Patchett
Club Doctor

Ian Patchett qualified from Leicester University Medical School in 1984. He works part-time as a G.P. in Leicester, and part-time for University Hospitals of Leicester doing minor surgery. He obtained the Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Bath University in 2000.

He started helping Dr Tony Jarvis with match cover in 1992, and then took over as club medical officer when Dr Jarvis retired in 2000. Duties involve attending the training ground three times per week to see any general medical problems, medicals for new signings, and medical cover for first team, reserves, and under 18 teams. 

He is assisted by Dr John Heaton, another Leicester G.P. with an interest in sports medicine.

Gary Silk
First Team Physiotherapist

Having enjoyed 10 years as a professional footballer at various clubs including Notts County FC and Mansfield Town FC, Gary studied Sports Massage at Loughborough whilst still playing.

After gaining valuable experience working at Sheffield Wednesday FC, Gary joined the Leicester City Medical Department as First Team Lead Masseur in the summer of 2013.

Gary has since graduated with BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Salford and has successfully made the step across to Physiotherapist. 

Working closely with Dave and Simon, Gary is responsible for the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of first team players at the club.