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Dr Nicholas C. Clark, PhD, MSc, MCSP, MMACP, CSCS

I became interested in the human body more than 20 years ago after I dislocated one of my joints playing football and was admitted to hospital to undergo surgery. I remember being in pain, feeling afraid, and wondering if I would ever get back to normal again. Because I wanted to learn about what had happened to me, I got my hands on every anatomy and sports injuries textbook I could find. My interest in the human musculoskeletal system began.

Five years later, I started my physiotherapy undergraduate degree and began to go on student clinical placements, and got very confused very fast. Two patients on the same orthopaedic ward would have the same operation by two different surgeons, and the different surgeons would dictate different rehabilitation programmes for the same operation. I had to be sure I treated the patients with the correct surgeons’ rehabilitation programme or I was “in trouble”. Some of my Clinical Educators told me an exercise was essential for a specific knee injury, but were then unable to explain how the exercise was thought to work. As a result of these experiences and as time passed, it became more and more difficult for me to know what was best for my patients. I decided to keep an open mind and research things further myself, to form my own opinion grounded in pathology, anatomy, biomechanics, neurophysiology, objective clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice.

As a Chartered Physiotherapist with more than 17 years of clinical experience, I’ve now practiced in London teaching hospitals, at Saracens Rugby Union Football Club, with the Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines, and in private practice. Past teaching roles have included being a Visiting Lecturer and External Examiner to the MSc Manual Therapy and MSc Sports Physiotherapy degrees at University College London and King’s College London, being contracted to teach Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors and Physiotherapists for the Ministry of Defence, and teaching on sports medicine Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the United States. Current roles include being a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at a London university, and leading the Knee Injury Control and Clinical Advancement (K.I.C.C.A.) Research Group. Other current roles include being a Knee Consultant Physiotherapist in a central London private practice, and serving as a Manuscript Reviewer for scientific and clinical journals including The Knee, Physical Therapy in Sport, and Manual Therapy.

To date, I’ve assembled the most up-to-date and useful research and effective practical techniques into every aspect of my work. As a result, I can show you how to quickly and easily implement cutting-edge scientific evidence, practical techniques, and clinical systems into your practice tomorrow, in a way that quickly gets your best possible real-world results.

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