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.
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.
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.
Senior Academy Physiotherapist
Nick qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham in 2013.
He spent a year working in private practice and as Head Physiotherapist for Stoke City Ladies, before moving to Port Vale FC as Senior Academy Physiotherapist.
During this time worked with both youth and first team squads.
Nick joined Wolves in 2015 as Senior Academy Pysiotherapist, overseeing the medical provision to the Under-18’s squad.
Head of Coach Development
Steve Burns joined the Academy in March 2015 having worked previously at Aston Villa for over 20 years.
He has a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Birmingham University and Diploma in Sports Coaching.
He taught in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.
Steve has a passion for the development of the individual and was instrumental in establishing players such as Gareth Barry, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Cahill and Craig Gardner as Premiership players.
He has coached all over the world, including Germany, Finland, America, Canada, Australia and China.
The new role at Wolves is about developing coaches at Wolves to be the best they can be, a role which he really enjoys, and hopefully will develop the next generation of Academy Coaches for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Senior Schoolboy Physiotherapist
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 as full-time Schoolboy Physiotherapist in October 2012 and then progressed into her current role of Senior Schoolboy Physiotherapist in January 2015.
Her role involves managing the medical provision for the U15-16 squad players (those on both part-time and full-time programmes).
Alex also oversees the assessment and treatment of all Schoolboy players (U8-U14) and manages the preventative rehabilitation strategies integrated into all Schoolboy timetables on a weekly basis.
Alex is also now studying part-time towards her Masters Degree in Advanced Manipulative Phsyiotherapy at the University of Birmingham.
From Wolverhampton, Matt qualified as a physiotherapist from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2014 and spent 6 months working for a private physiotherapy company within the West Midlands.
Shortly after graduating, Matt joined Wolves as a part-time physiotherapist within the academy, mainly providing medical cover for the U8-U16’s squads.
Matt joined Wolves as a full time academy physiotherapist in the 2014/2015 season, for his first full time post in football.
His role is to oversee the medical provision for the U9-U14 squads providing assessment and treatment, whilst also implementing rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
Matt aims to help push forwards the medical provision for the U9-U14 age groups in order to help young players develop and progress thoughout the academy.
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.
Academy Sports Science
Neil initally joined the club in 2014 as an intern in the sport science department and then gained a fulltime role for the 2014/15 season.
His role at the club is to deliver on-field physical conditioning and strength and conditioning support services to the U15 and U16 players whilst overseeing the sport science support to the age groups below.
He completed his undergraduate degree in Health & Physical Activity at Dundalk Institue of Technology and Masters in Strength & Conditioning at the the University of Edinburgh.
He has previously worked with athletes from a number of sports including football, rugby, gaelic football and hurling.
Academy Sports Science
Rickesh recently joined the club as a sport scientist in collaboration with The University of Wolverhampton, where he is studying for a PhD to complement his role at the club by carrying out research aimed at optimizing youth development.
He completed his undergraduate degree in Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores, which is where he also completed his Masters in Sports Physiology.
During this time he worked with Everton and England Women’s U17’s.
His role at the club is to deliver sport science and strength & conditioning support to the U13’s and U14’s whilst also assisting other Academy teams.
David’s short career as a professional cricketer ignited a passion for exploring high performance.
He took this interest further, studying psychology and an MSc in sport psychology to become a specialist performance psychologist. He worked for almost a decade with England Cricket before starting a consultancy role with Wolves in 2013.
David’s role with Wolves spans from academy to first team, working closely with coaching and support staff to develop footballers who are able to handle the psychological rigors of top flight sport.
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.