Sports Involvement

WPB has been involved in the care of elite sportsmen and women and teams for many years.

With Paul Witty and Phil Pask, Northampton Saints have been associated with the practice for 30 years. Phil played for the club winning with over 200 caps and was the head physio and strength and conditioning coach for many years.

In the last 20 years, the practice has become recognised for its ability to care for elite athletes with Mark Buckingham’s involvement with British Athletics and numerous top athletes around the country. Matt Bergin has added to this expertise as a top runner himself.

David Bradbrook also looks after Old Northamptonians.

Mark writes regular columns for Runner’s World Magazine and realbuzz.com and has a spot on BBC Radio Northampton with Helen Blaby. Matt Bergin writes for Fast Running.

England and Lions Rugby

Phil has been at the forefront of the development of the England RFU Elite Squad Medical set up and has been Physiotherapist to the England team since the early ’90s.

At this time the commitment was a couple of days prior to a 5 Nations game. This role has changed hugely and a 6 Nations Tournament is, in effect, a 6 to 8 week ‘Tour’.

England Rugby is now seen as being at the pinnacle of Elite Professional Sport and the Medical Service is constantly striving to be top class.

Phil was part of the World Cup winning side of 2003 and been on four British and Irish Lions Tours as Senior Physiotherapist.

British Olympic Team and UK Athletics

Mark has been Physiotherapist to the UK Athletics Team since 1994. This has meant more trips with the team than he can now remember but has included two Olympic Games and 17 European and World Cross Country Championships.

Further, there have been a number of European Cups, World Cups, International Matches, World Championships and European Championships.

Like Phil, Mark has been involved with a revolution in British Sport which has culminated in the recent Olympic successes. Much of the credit for the success of the athletes at these Games can be placed with the meticulous preparation, care and attention behind the scenes with the HIgh-Performance Centers, English Institute of Sport and UK Sport and its Lottery Funding.

Mark was asked by UK Athletics in 1998 to be the first Physiotherapist at a High-Performance Center in the UK. This was at Loughborough University, but essentially the first two years were spent working out of a changing room in the wooden Pavillion at the top of the track. During this time Mark worked with UKA and Steve Rippon to develop the HIPAC as it now stands beside the track at the University.

Once it had been built Mark developed the medical service up until the 2004 Olympic Games when he decided that the job had grown so big it was either full time with UKA or leave to concentrate on his very young family and the practice. Rightly family won the day!

Mark has still been very happy to be involved with the UK and British Athletics Squad and the practice has a reputation nationally and internationally for its empathy and skill with runners and their injuries.