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Paul Chesterton

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise (Sports Therapy)

Paul Chesterton

About Paul Chesterton

Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise (Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation). He is a qualified physiotherapist with a BSc in Physiotherapy and MSc in Advancing Musculoskeletal Practice awarded from Sheffield Hallam University. Paul also has a Postgraduate Certificate from Northumbria University in Professional Practice.

Paul is the programme leader for BSc Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation and regularly teaches across a number of modules within the undergraduate and postgraduate provision. Paul is a Trustee of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust. He is also on the board of the North East Musculoskeletal Society and enjoys stimulating quality continuous professional development in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Prior to teaching Paul spent a number of years working in professional sport as a physiotherapist, most recently at a Premier League Football Club. Together with his sport experience he has extensive experience working with the National Health Service, Occupational Health and Private Practice.

Research interests and activities

Alongside his teaching duties Paul is keen to research in his chosen areas of hamstring prevention, pain education and sand rehabilitation. Paul always welcomes expressions of interest to collaborate on research.

Paul has currently published in the area of lumbar spine mobilisations and hamstring injuries. On-going research includes musculoskeletal injury management, the influence of mental injury on strength and sports rehabilitation.

Research projects & external funding

Paul is currently working on research projecting involving:

The relationship between the Hamstring and Lumbar Spine

The Copenhagen Adductor Exercise in Professional Football 

External roles and professional activities

Paul is a Trustee of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust involved in evaluating grant and awarding funding. He has a similar role as Research Officer for North East Musculoskeletal Society. 

External research collaborations

Paul currently has numerous research projects on-going with Professional Football Clubs in the United Kingdom.
He is also collaborations with researchers various other UK Higher Education Institutions.

Learning and teaching interests

Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE from Teesside University. He has published research on the impact of pain education on Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation students.


Tears, C., Chesterton, P., Wijnbergen, M. (2018) 'The elite player performance plan: the impact of a new national youth development strategy on injury characteristics in a premier league football academy', Journal of Sports Sciences; Online first 24 Feb 2018 : DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1443746

Wright, M. D., Chesterton, P., O’Rouke, A., Wijnbergen, M., Macpherson, T. (2017) 'The effect of a simulated soccer match on Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury risk factors' International Journal of Sports Medicine; Online first 2 June 2017 : DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-109238

Scott, M., Taylor, S., Chesterton, P., Vogt, S. and Eaves, D.L., (2017). ‘Motor imagery during action observation increases eccentric hamstring force: an acute non-physical intervention’. Disability and Rehabilitation, pp.1-9.

Chesterton, P. and Payton, S., (2017). ‘Effects of spinal mobilisations on lumbar and hamstring ROM and sEMG: A randomised control trial’. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 38(1), pp.17-25.

Chesterton, P., Weston, M. and Butler, M., (2016). ‘The Effect of Mobilising the Lumbar 4/5 Zygapophyseal Joint on Hamstring Extensibility in Elite Soccer Players’. International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.

View Paul Chesterton's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • So what does taking a medical mean for players?
    Gazette Live, 07/08/2016; Evening Gazette, 08/08/2016; Gazette Live, 08/08/2016; Coventry Telegraph, 08/08/2016;
    Teesside University programme leader and former football physio Paul Chesterton chats to Dominic Shaw about the stages of a football medical