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Lee Higginbotham

Lee Higginbotham Msc

Senior Lecturer


I am Senior Lecturer and Practitioner within the physiotherapy department having taught across all physiotherapy portfolios at Sheffield Hallam University. Alongside this, I am Sheffield Hallam physiotherapy clinic manager and lead TASS physiotherapist as part of our regional TASS hub status. My special interests are in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, specialising in the practice and education of sports related injuries and musculoskeletal management.


I gained both my BSc and MSc degrees in physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University and have been lecturing within the department since 2018. My current practitioner role involves management of the SHU physiotherapy clinic services, including being the lead Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme physiotherapist and overseeing our clinical MSc studentship programme. I am passionate about developing our student community engagement portfolio which has led to extra-curricular opportunities for students to apply and increase their knowledge, skills and employability during their training.

I specialise in musculoskeletal practice and sports injury management having worked with a range of sporting disciplines from amateur to international level athletes throughout my career, and hold a PG-Dip in sports physical therapy from the International Olympic Committee. Alongside this I represented Sheffield Hallam on a regular BBC radio Sheffield segment discussing a range of related musculoskeletal topics as well as at external sporting events supervising Sheffield Hallam students.

I have designed and delivered education across undergraduate, degree apprenticeship, pre and post registration MSc physiotherapy during my academic role. I have also held or currently hold roles as module lead, course lead for an international cohort, academic advisor, manual handling trainer and clinical educator.

My special interests lay in the management and education of lower limb musculoskeletal sporting injuries and relative energy deficiency in the female athlete. My further research interest is in the role and utility of of cross-education within musculoskeletal rehabilitation.


Department of Allied Health Professions

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Subject area or group:

  • Physiotherapy

Courses taught:

  • BSc Rehabilitation studies
  • Pre-Reg MSc Physiotherapy
  • Post-Reg MSc Physiotherapy

Modules taught:

  • Clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
  • Advanced clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal management of the upper / lower quadrant

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