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Philip Smith

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    Philip Smith is currently placement coordinator for the BSc. Sports Therapy programme, Coventry University, having previously been the Course Director. He previously lectured in Sports Therapy at University College Birmingham and whilst at Henley College, Coventry developed the HND in Sports Therapy.

    Before entering academia he was a self-employed Physiotherapist working with individual clients and teams including the Great Britain Wado-kai Karate team (European champions 2002), Black Country Triathletes (GB Champions 2001, 2002), Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club and Stourbridge Town FC. He was also a sessional Physiotherapist at BUPA Parkway Hospital, Solihull in a British Olympic Association accredited sports injury clinic

    He is a 6th Dan Shihan (master teacher) in Aikido through the Aikikai Foundation, Japan, a level 3 National Coach British Aikido Board and a tutor for Sports Coach UK. Philip also practices the martial art of Iai-do (Japanese sword-drawing) at which he is a 3rd Dan black belt.

    His current research projects include investigations into practitioner safety in mental health nursing, prevalence and incidence of injury in a variety of sports, the effects of work experience on student employment and the psychological and physiological effects of spinal boarding.

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    Practitioner safety in mental health nursing ; The effects of work experience on student employment ; Prevalence and incidence of injury in a variety of sports ; The psychological and physiological effects of spinal boarding

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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