Mark Buckingham

Mark Buckingham MCSP Dip AP Phys Sports

Mark trained in Bath, specialising in sports physiotherapy with a post-graduate Diploma at the London Hospital. Mark worked for five years at the Arts Educational School in Tring, a leading Dance School and spent time at the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium Clinic. This led to work with Northampton Saints and the Great Britain Athletics squad. He has attended numerous international competitions as Team Physiotherapist since 1995 and worked at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics. Mark was lead physiotherapist for UK Athletics at the High Performance Centre at Loughborough and was responsible for setting up the centre’s physiotherapy unit. With the advent of The English Institute of Sport Mark became lead physiotherapist responsible for the clinical aspects of servicing two hundred and fifty elite athletes at Loughborough. Following the Athens Olympics Mark resigned from this post but still covers as a consultant physiotherapist to the English Institute of Sport.

Mark continues to travel with UK Athletics as team Physio having now completed 14 World and European Cross Country Championships. Around 70% of Mark’s patient list is filled with Athletes, particularly runners, of all ranges of ability. Casual ‘keep fit’ to Olympians. The London Olympics had four athletes that Mark has particularly worked with competing, with several PB’s the result.

In 1996 Mark began part time work at Witty and Pask through his friendship with Phil. Following the retirement of Paul Witty in 1999 Mark bought half of the practice and formed a partnership with Phil. Mark lectures widely on sports physiotherapy, but particularly on trunk stability and biomechanics, including the Nottingham Sports Medicine Masters course.

In 2009 Mark was approached, with Alison Rose, to set up a study by Godolphin, the Dubai and Newmarket based, horse racing group. This study was to see if assessing and treating elite race horses with the same attention to detail as elite humans can produce changes in gait and biomechanics leading to improvements in performance and reduction in injury. The recommendations of this study are being implemented.

Mark also acts as an Expert Witness for Medico Legal cases, especially in elite sports cases. http://www.medicolegalphysio.co.uk