Staff profile

Adam Baker

Senior Lecturer in Sport

Adam Baker in the Team Derby kit


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Chartered Physiotherapist with particular interests in Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Prehabilitation. Prior to joining the University full-time in 2011, I worked in both NHS and private settings with a variety of patient populations. These roles have included providing Physiotherapy services to Elite track and field athletes, English Golf Union, British Orienteering Foundation, Barnsley Football Club, Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team as well as working in Sheffield Hallam University’s Sports Injury Clinic supporting their scholarship and professional athletes. These roles have focused on preventative and performance enhancement physiotherapy as well as more traditional injury rehabilitation.

As well as providing consultancy on athlete prehabilitation and performance enhancement, I am also interested and involved in research projects around these topics with a particular focus on athletic movement control and functional stability.

During my time at Derby University, I have been involved in the design, development and validation of a number of degree programmes (both undergraduate & post-graduate). The most recent of these was a lead author for the BSc (H) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation which I subsequently became programme leader of from its launch in 2016 through to 2020.

Further to my interests in teaching and development of undergraduate students, I am very interested in professional development and previously worked on a collaborative research project with Sheffield PCT and Sheffield Hallam University launching a Preceptorship programme. The project focused on developing a graduate preceptorship programme with an aim to support new graduate physiotherapists in their first year of employment. This service development role involved literature reviews, organisation and coordination of various research focus groups, development of a theoretical model with full rationale and implementation of the programme including initial evaluations.

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