Thursday, 3 November 2011

Crossfire welcomes Physiotherapist Gary Sadler to the team

With Gary's wealth of experience as a Premiership football Physio brings undoubted benefits to clients working with Crossfire.  "Some of the transformations achieved with a Crossfire programme, particularly over a short space of time in readiness for something like a film role, can place enormous physical stresses on the body.  Naturally the Trainers and dietitians have this in mind but there may be occasions when those stresses may take there toll." says Gary   

Gary's role is to provide pre training assessments from which our Trainers can formulate a plan that takes into account any potential weaknesses.  In the event of problems then Gary's wealth of experience is crucial in getting our clients up and going with the minimal of down time.

Gary Sadler MCSP HPC(reg) DipAPPsports

From August 2001 until August 2010 Gary was employed as the head physiotherapist to Portsmouth football club. During his 9 years at Portsmouth he has, like many of the people associated with the club, enjoyed the successes that the football team has brought to the city of Portsmouth.


He was a member of the backroom staff that has been associated together with the players with the following achievements:
  • Championship winning season 2002-2003
  • 7 seasons in the premiership
  • 2 FA cup finals
  • 1 FA cup trophy 2008
  • 1 European campaign in the UEFA cup
  • 1 Asia cup trophy 2008
  • 1 community (charity) shield match
Gary has travelled as the head physiotherapist with the team all over the world playing matches in Hong Kong, Nigeria, South Africa, Portugal, Germany, France and Scotland. In his role he has also had to travel with players to see specialists in America on several occasions, Germany and France as well as having to perform players medicals in Croatia, Belgium, France and Portugal.


Gary graduated from Guys Hospital (London) in 1990. After qualifying he worked for 6 years in the NHS before moving to Crystal Palace football club as head physiotherapist in 1996.
It was during his time in the NHS that Gary was introduced to professional football. He worked as a physiotherapist on a part time basis for 1 year at Queens Park Rangers football club and 4 years at West Ham United football club. During this 6 year spell Gary completed some of his post graduate studies in sports medicine, manipulation, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) rehabilitation and acupuncture as well as help run a sports injury clinic in London.

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