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.
Assistant Academy Physiotherapist
- Head of the Academy Medical department
- Joined the LCFC Academy in 2003
- Qualified Chartered Physiotherapist who has worked with various sports people across elite sport
Dr Ian Patchett
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 Ecercise 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.
Having enjoyed 10 years as a professional footballer, at clubs including Portsmouth FC, Notts County FC and Mansfield Town FC, Gary gained a diploma in sports massage from Loughborough College in 2009 whilst still playing.
He has since gained valuable massage experience working at Sheffield Wednesday FC, before joining the Leicester City Medical Department as first team masseur in the summer of 2013.
Working closely with the physiotherapists, Gary is responsible for enhancing athletic performance by delivering appropriate and effective massage to meet the player’s needs.
This can include pre and post training/match massage, general soft tissue conditioning and injury prevention or massage in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
Gary is currently studying for a BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Salford.
Guy trained at Leeds Metropolitan University where he gained a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree before going on to study a Masters in Physiotherapy.
Guy joined LCFC in November 2009 as an academy physiotherapist, then in 2012 he began working in his current role with the Under 21 Development Squad.
Since qualifying Guy has worked in the NHS, whilst also gaining experience working for Birmingham City FC and Derby University Rugby Union.
Guy is responsible for the physiotherapy treatment of all Development Squad players. His main duties include the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of any injuries.
Other roles include providing and co-ordinating the pitch-side medical support on match days and during training sessions.