Book an Open Day

Department menu

Neil Light

Senior lecturer in Physiotherapy

Neil is the programme coordinator for both BSc and MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy.  He has a special interest in lower-limb musculoskeletal injury management and has a background in Sports Physiotherapy. Neil is a Chartered Physiotherapist who joined Chichester in 2012 from Exeter City Football Club where he held the position of Head Physiotherapist. He is currently pursuing a PhD investigating hip and groin injuries in professional youth footballers. Prior to this, Neil has lectured at Hartpury University and the University of Salford.


Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): #PH91009​

  • 2003-2006, BSc Sports Rehabilitation: University of Salford:
  • 2007-2008, MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration): Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2009-2010, PG Cert in Higher Ed: University of West of England



Academic journal papers:

Light, N, Gimpel, M, Sparks, S, Bowen, L, Bruce-Low, S and Hughes-Jones, Z (2018) Associations between Adductor Strength; Flexibility and Self-Reported Symptoms in Elite Professional Footballers: A case series. Science and Medicine in Football. doi: 10.1080/24733938.2018.1501159

Light, N. (2018) The effect of acute match play loading on hip adductor strength & flexibility in soccer players. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08194-X [Epub ahead of print]

Light, N., Smith, N A., Delahunt, E and Thorborg, K. (2018) Hip and groin injury management in English youth football: A survey of 64 professional academies. Science and Medicine in Football, 2 (2). pp. 133-140.

Light, N & Thorborg, K. (2016). The precision and torque production of common hip adductor squeeze tests used in elite football. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 (11)


Industry publications:

Light, N. (2016). Why research should focus on youth hip and groin pain. Football Medic and Scientist. Issue 17 29-31.


Conference contributions:

Light, N; Delahunt, E; Smith, N & Thorborg, K. Academy football survey of hip / groin injury management. FMS conference Barcelona, May 2017

Light, N & Clark, R. Adductor squeeze workshop IOC injury prevention conference Monaco, March 2017

Light, N & Thorborg, K. Adductor squeeze testing in soccer: precision, torque production and implications for screening. Oral presentation at International Sports Science & Sports Medicine conference. Newcastle, UK.

Long, C & Light, N. (2016). Adductor longus activation during two common hip adduction exercises. Poster presented at the International Sports Science & Sports Medicine conference. Newcastle, UK.

Light, N & Ritson, D. (2014). The use of Sacroiliac belts in the management of hip and groin injury. Poster presented at the 1st World conference on groin pain in athletes. Doha, Qatar.

Light, N. (2009) Career ending injuries & implications for practitioners. Poster presented at the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine conference. Leeds, UK



Special interest in youth football injury and hip / groin injury

Delivered staff CPD workshops and consultancy work at various football clubs including Manchester City FC, Bristol City FC, Brentford FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Portsmouth FC and Nottingham Forest FC.

External funding award sources: Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre - Measurement of leisure and occupational physical activity exposure during in UK Armed Forces personnel (collaboration with Loughborough University and Mark Rayson Consulting Ltd). £91,000. (2015)