Lee Clark M.C.S.P S.R.P. BSc. A.C.P.A.T.
Lee qualified in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from the School of Health at the University of Teesside. He worked in the NHS for 2 years whilst training to treat animals. Since qualifying as an Animal / Veterinary Physiotherapist in 1999 Lee has specialised in treating horses whilst devoting equal time to continue treating people.
Although Lee has specialised in treating riders for 20 years he has recently opened a new purpose-built clinic in Darlington with a gym, exercise studio, treatment room and it is fitted out with state of the art technology such as high speed cameras. It is essential that horse riders receive treatment since any pain, restriction of movement, weakness or asymmetry can severely affect the horse. This can cause performance problems and even lameness in severe longstanding conditions. You will also be able to ride better and enjoy it more if you are not in pain!!
In 2001 Lee completed a 2 Year Post-Graduate course specialising in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal injuries) and Sports Injuries from Caledonian University in Glasgow, and since then has completed many other courses, learning many other techniques such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Taping, Saddle fitting and Osteopathic Manipulation.
In 2011 He also qualified to become 1 of only 8 therapists in the UK certified by Kinesio UK to teach Kinesio taping techniques to other professionals, and in 2013 became 1 of only 3 Certified Equine Kinesio Instructors in the world.
In 2010 he was appointed the position of ‘Official Great Britain Team Physiotherapist’ with the Equestrian Endurance Squad responsible for treatment of the horses and riders, provided Physiotherapy services at 3 World championships, 3 European Championships and the World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2014.
In 2012 Lee was selected to be part of a small team providing physiotherapy services for the horses at the London Olympics who travelled from all over the world to compete.
Lee is committed to providing the highest possible care for horses and their riders by keeping up to date with all new developments within the profession and teaching new techniques to others. Lee is currently undertaking a PhD investigating riding position and the apparent asymmetrical riding positions of horse riders. He has worked and taught (Biomechanics, Assessment and treatment techniques for horses and riders) all over the world, including Brazil, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Portugal, and Italy.