Anna Fitzpatrick

Senate Member

Anna is the current Head of Sport and Biological Sciences at the University of Bolton.

Anna joined the University of Bolton in 2006 as Senior Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation and led the development of the University Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic which opened in May 2008. With a Masters in Health and Social Care, Anna is now pursuing a PhD in Rugby League injury epidemiology. Anna continues to work with senior orthopaedic consultants and club physiotherapists in elite sports medicine and has specialist interest in shoulder and knee injuries.

Anna began her career after graduating from the University of Salford with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy when she joined the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She then completed her junior rotations at Trafford General Hospital whilst working at Manchester City FC Academy and successfully completed specialist postgraduate training in Sports Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In 2001 Anna was promoted to Senior Physiotherapist and began to specialise in Orthopaedic Outpatients and acute Musculoskeletal Trauma at Tameside General Hospital. She also secured the first-grade physiotherapist position at Manchester Rugby Union.

In 2002, after completing her Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine, training in Acupuncture and Immediate Medical Management she moved into private practice, became a limited company and successfully secured the physiotherapy contract with Bradford Bulls Rugby League. During this period she was also the physiotherapist for England Rugby League Academy. Anna remained at Bradford Bulls until June 2006; completing five seasons, two Grand Finals, two World Cup challenges and two Challenge Cup wins.

Anna is currently a member of the Board for Rugby Football League Clinical Advisors.

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