The Medical and Exercise Science Department includes a network of support services that provides high quality medical and scientific support services to all performance aspects of players at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
Our support services include: Medicine, Performance Analysis, Performance Psychology, Performance Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Soft Tissue Therapy and Strength and Conditioning.
We take an inter-disciplinary approach to those services mentioned, with knowledge and expertise shared, offering significant added value to our support work.
The integration of the department to include overseeing both the Academy and First Team playing squads allows for continuity in our working practices, facilitating the graduation of our youth players along our development pathway, and represents a more efficient approach towards the management of our resources.
Our aim is to optimise player availability and performance through the provision of evidence-based science and medicine services.
Head of Sport Science and Conditioning
Birmingham-born, a successful decade as a player with Aston Villa saw Tony pick up a League Cup winners medal following the 1994 win against Manchester United, while Villa also twice finished as runners-up in the top division.
The pacey winger also earned seven England caps, including two appearances at the 1992 European Championships.
He left Villa for Wolves, where injury affected his four years at the club before further spells with Watford, Walsall and Forest Green Rovers prior to hanging up his boots.
Having finished his playing career Tony studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Science at Coventry University, while at the same time working as fitness coach with Forest Green and also some of Aston Villa's young players, including Gabriel Agbonlahor. In 2012 he graduated with a Masters degree in Applied Sports Science and Exercise from The University of Wolverhampton.
On completing his degree Tony secured the position of fitness and conditioning coach at Sheffield United, where he spent four years before joining Wolves in the same position in September, 2007.
His attention to detail and meticulous fitness regimes quickly secured the respect of backroom colleagues and players alike as Wolves sought to develop a young and athletic squad.
Tony oversees the Sport Science provision for the entire club and works closely with Dave Morrison to ensure that strategies are uniform across all ages within the football club from 1st Team to Academy.
Head of Medical Department
BSc (Hons.) PgDip MCSP MMACP
Phil joined the club in 2008. He qualified as a physiotherapist from Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 2005. Before joining Wolves, Phil worked in Rugby League both for Bradford Bulls and Oldham Rugby Club.
Phil holds membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) having completed an MSc in manual therapy at Coventry University where he acts as a visiting lecturer on both the BSc and MSc programmes.
Phil's role involves managing the multi-disciplinary medical department and working with the first team squad in order to facilitate players’ return from injury as quickly as possible and to ensure strategies are in place to minimise their risk of injury wherever possible.
Head of EDS/Academy Medical Department
BSC (hons), MSCP SRP
Jazz qualified as a physiotherapist from Keele University in 2006. He joined the club in 2006 as a part time physiotherapist and moved to a full time position within the club in 2009. At the start of the 2011/12 season Jazz took on the role of Head Academy Physiotherapist and assisted the academy in attaining category one status.
Jazz’s current position involves being the lead physiotherapist for the elite development squad whilst overseeing the medical provision for the academy. His main role is to co-ordinate the multi-disciplinary team throughout the academy to ensure the smooth operation of the medical provision provided. Jazz also assists in the assessment and rehabilitation of the first team squad.
Jazz has a diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and holds membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) having completed a post-graduate diploma in manual therapy at Coventry University.
First Team Physiotherapist and Injury Reduction Lead
Carl qualified from the University of Manchester in 2005 and initially worked within the NHS where he reached the role of specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
At the same time he was working in a part-time capacity for Bolton Wanderers, a role he fulfilled for five seasons, he then moved on to spend a season as Head Academy Physiotherapist at Birmingham City before joining Wolves in October, 2011.
Carl’s role involves assessment and treatment of the First Team and overseeing all injury prevention activities at the football club, working closely with the sport science department in order to minimise time loss to injury.
He was also previously a professional at Everton FC where he was part of the FA Youth Cup winning side of 1998.
Senior Academy Physiotherapist
BSc (hons), MCSP, AACP
Steven qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 and spent 2 years at Nottingham Forest as Academy Rehabilitation Physiotherapist he spent just over two years.
Steve joined Wolves in 2012 as the Senior Academy Physiotherapist overseeing the medical provision to the Under-18 squad.
Steve is currently studying part-time at Birmingham University for an FA endorsed Masters Degree in Exercise and Sports Medicine. He is also an accredited acupuncture practitioner.
BSc (Hons), MCSP
Alex qualified as a physiotherapist from The University of Birmingham with a First Class Degree in 2010 and gained experience in the NHS as a junior rotational physiotherapist before joining Wolves for her first full time post in football.
Alex joined the club in April 2011 as a part time physiotherapist with the Academy, providing medical support for the U9-U16 teams during training sessions and on match days.
Alongside this, Alex also volunteered her time to assist the full time physios at Wolves with the Schoolboy injury clinics twice a week.
Alex was appointed to her present role of full time Academy Physiotherapist in October 2012.
Her role involves the assessment and treatment of all Academy players (U9-U16) whilst also overseeing the preventative rehabilitation strategies integrated into the Schoolboy day release programme that runs once a week for the U12-U16s.
Head of Academy Sport Science
Dave Morrison joined Wolves as Head of Academy Sports Science in the summer of 2014.
He first gained an interest in sport science during his years as a professional himself, making over 150 appearances in English football primarily with Peterborough and Leyton Orient. He also spent a chunk of his career playing in Ireland for Bohemians which included representing the club in Europe.
Having completed his coaching qualifications up to UEFA ‘B’ level, when finishing his full-time playing career Dave decided to take the sport science route instead, completing a degree in Sports & Exercise Science in 2007 followed by a Masters in Applied Sports & Exercise Science. During his masters Dave worked with the young players at Walsall before landing a position with Swindon from 2008 to 2011 followed by Sheffield United.
His remit at Wolves is to head up the Academy sport science department on a daily basis including responsibility for the fitness and conditioning of the Under-21 squad.
Academy Sport Scientist
Jonathan's role at the club is to deliver on-field physical conditioning and strength and conditioning support services to academy players and is the lead sport scientist for the under 18’s, he has previously worked in a similar capacity at Sheffield United and Rotherham United.
Jonathan has a degree in Sport Science with Coaching and a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science both from Sheffield Hallam University and is currently studying for a PhD through Staffordshire University alongside his duties at the club.
Alongside Jonathans work at Wolves and his is also an Exercise Scientist for the U15 England Women’s football team and supports them on the training and fixture camps throughout the year.
Lead Soft Tissue Therapist
Matt is now in his eighth season at Wolves and works with the senior squad for training and pre-match preparation.
This applies to home games at Molineux and away games with Matt travelling with the first team squad to all fixtures.
In addition to his massage qualifications, Matthew is also an accredited Graston Technique practitioner.
Matt works closely alongside Carl in implementing strategies to reduce the incidence of injury.
Neil returned for a second spell at Wolves at the start of the 2013/14 season as the club's GPS analyst. He is responsible for collecting and analysing all of the first team players training data in terms of speed, distance, heart rate and body loads.
He has obtained a first class degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences. Prior to this he worked as a software engineer in the digital broadcast industry for 10 years following a BSc and MSc in Audio Systems Engineering.
Neil is a keen football fan and participates in endurance sports such as marathon running and cycling and has completed eight Ironman triathlons.
Dr Matthew Perry
MBChB (Birmingham); MRCGP; DRCOG MSc (Warwick); MSc (Bath)
Matt joined Wolves in 2001 and is responsible for medical provision to the first team squad.
He has a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Bath University and has a special interest in ultrasound imaging.
He is a founder member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine and the Premier League Doctors Association and has worked with the England Under 19s in the European Championships.
In August, 2014, it was announced that Dr Perry had been appointed as the Premier League’s first medical advisor, a part-time role to be combined with his position at Wolves.
Dr Chris Tomlinson
First Team Doctor
Chris joined Wolves in 2012 having previously spent eight years at Shrewsbury Town as Club Doctor. He works with all first team and development group players and is the pitch-side doctor at all development group fixtures.
In addition to his Club work, Chris worked with the England Youth squads from U16-U20 levels, including the U17's World Cup Finals in South Korea.
Chris worked at both the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, and is Chief Medical Officer to British Gymnastics. He has been a Sports Physician at the English Institute of Sport for the past 4 years, and has travelled with teams for UK Athletics, The British Olympic Association and GB Gymnastics.
He has an MSc in Sports Medicine and a PGCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
Dr Jeremy Bradley has been working with the Academy since 2002.
He has been a General Practitioner at Albrighton, Wolverhampton since 1995.
As well as seeing patients he trains junior doctors who wish to be GP's.
He has a Sports Medicine Diploma from Bath University in 2008.
Bsc (hons) Pod, MSc (distinction) SRCh, MChS, HPC reg
Caroline has looked after the foot-care of Wolves players since 2003 and works closely with the physiotherapy team to optimise foot health.
In addition to her work at Wolves, Caroline has a private practice and works with the England National Team during training camps at The National Football Centre.
Caroline's predominate role is to maintain foot tissue viability of the first team, reserves and academy squads also closely supporting the physio team with biomechanical assessment and rehabilitation.
Jenny has a degree in Nutrition, Health and Lifestyles from Sheffield Hallam University.
Jenny is a registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society.
She is also a qualified Reps Level 2 & 3 Personal Trainer and Exercise To Music (ETM) Instructor.
She has experience in a range of areas and specialises in Sports Nutrition and Weight Management.