MCSP – Senior Physiotherapist |APPI Pilates Instructor
“James is the owner and founder of JL PhysioFit and was born and brought up in Newcastle.
He started his professional training in Nottingham, where he successfully completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
James returned North primarily to pursue his passion for football, playing semi-professionally for a number of Northern League clubs. In particular, James made more than 250 appearances for North Shields F.C. and his career highlight came in 2015 when he proudly lifted the F.A Vase trophy at Wembley stadium.
Whilst playing football James decided to specialise as a Physiotherapist and completed his training at Northumbria University, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree.
He took up his first Physio post at Sunderland Royal Hospital completing rotations in outpatients, elderly care and respiratory medicine on the intensive care unit. James then obtained a post as an occupational health musculoskeletal physiotherapist and moving and handling trainer for the hospital trust. This role saw him deliver both physiotherapy treatments to patients and moving and handling training to hospital staff.
James then went on to work as a Private MSK Physiotherapist in Gosforth, Newcastle, successfully managing a busy and varied caseload of patients for over three and a half years. It was this experience that convinced James to strike out and establish his own clinic – and so JL PhysioFit was created.
In addition to being a fully-qualified physiotherapist, James is also an APPI qualified Pilates Instructor and really enjoys this side to his job, putting on challenging yet rewarding classes for clients.
A strong believer in always moving forward and advancing his knowledge and skills, James has carried out Post graduate training in the following:
- Sports massage
- Taping and strapping
- Foundation Acupuncture Qualification
- Masters level MSK/pain neuroscience training
- Titleist Performance Institute Certification
Most recently he has embarked on his Body Master diploma and has completed master classes in the Hip, Knee and Ankle to date.
Away from work – and having ended his time as a semi-professional footballer – James enjoys playing Golf.
James is also Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified and as such is able to carry out full body screens to help golfers of all abilities identify physical restrictions that may be affecting the efficiency of their golf swing.
James really enjoys the work he does with golfers given his own passion for the sport and is a big advocate for golfers working on changes to their bodies to help improve their game.”