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Ben Mortlock

Ben’s degree has taken him to a number of professional football clubs across the country and he now has his own clinic.

Ben Mortlock

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

'I think the work placement module was the most important module of my course – it gave me real insight about what I needed to do.'

Why Teesside University?

It was one of the few universities that offered a sports therapy degree, and of the six options I had, Teesside was my favourite. I really liked it after visiting an open day – there seemed to be a good atmosphere and I liked the central campus.

Tell us about your course

My course was great – the course content was brilliant. I enjoyed all the hands-on modules – and on this course most of my classes were hands-on! The classroom environment was great due to the like-minded and friendly students and I spent a lot of time with my classmates outside of the course.

The quality of teaching was also really good. Having tutors who had worked in professional football as a big help as they had first-hand experience of what to expect and how to act as well as excellent theoretical knowledge of sports injuries.

I loved learning about practical anatomy and pathology and how manual therapy can help improve pain.

Did you complete any placements or work experience while you were here?

Yes I did – in the summer after my first year I went back to my hometown club, Grimsby Town Football Club. It was a great experience and the chance to put everything I had learned into practice. I think the work placement module was the most important module of my course – it gave me real insight about what I needed to do.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I did and I thought it was great. The lads I met in my halls were my best friends throughout uni. We were right on the University campus which is in the town centre.

What was your social life like?

I had a really good social life while at university. I spent a lot of time at the Students’ Union and the pubs around the campus. I played for two sports clubs regularly, futsal and football, and tried out with others.

I also really liked the surrounding areas and we’d visit places like Saltburn when we had a car!

What did you do next?

After graduating from Teesside I completed my master’s at Sheffield Hallam University and I’ve worked in professional football ever since. Initially I went straight into Grimsby Town and was the academy sports therapist, before taking roles at Barnet, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull Tigers. I now work for the Football Association and British Athletics as a consultant massage therapist, as well as having my own clinic. I work with the England men's senior first team and I will be going to the World Cup in June 2018.