Staff profile

Adam Baker

Lecturer in Sport


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences


Buxton Campus



I currently lecture across both the Joint Honours and Foundation Degree pathways in Sports Coaching at the Buxton Campus. I am the module leader for Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology, Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology and Introduction to Exercise Physiology. In addition to these responsibilities I also lecture on the Sports Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning modules of the MSc Sport Coaching programme.

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist with particular interests in Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Prehabilitation. I have worked in both NHS and private settings with a variety of patient populations.  I currently work closely with Mark Cheetham and Minas Mina providing support to a number of elite track and field athletes, golfers and professional footballers for the University. 

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

In previous years I have provided Physiotherapy cover for the English Golf Union, British Orienteering Foundation, Barnsley Football Club and Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team. Most recently before being employed by the University of Derby I worked at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sports Injury Clinic supporting scholarship and professional athletes focusing primarily on preventative and performance enhancement physiotherapy as well as more traditional injury rehabilitation.

I am very interested in professional development and whilst employed by Sheffield PCT worked on a collaborative research project with Rachel Crawford of Sheffield Hallam University. 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 review, organisation and co-ordination 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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