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Sam Downer

Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine MCSP HPCP ACPSEM EUSSER BMAS


If you have a sports injury or work-related pain in your shoulder, elbow, knee, foot or ankle then Sam is the physio for you. You can read more about his qualifications, philosophy and experience below but in the meantime here is a testimonial from one of his previous patients:

“I’ve used a lot of physios over the years and Sam is definitely the best!! I would 100% recommend him to anyone. Not only is he incredibly thorough but he gets the job done – woke up free of back pain this morning after hardly being able to breathe yesterday without it hurting.” Laura R



Sam graduated from the University of West England Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. With a desire to develop his knowledge further he took his education to the next level and completed a masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University London.

Sam is fully registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

He also belongs to the following special interest groups:

  • The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)
  • The European Union for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER)
  • The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS).



He has worked extensively both in the NHS and private practice which has included independent sports injury clinics, global organisations such as BUPA and a prestigious private hospital in London. He has spent time working in Rugby and Cricket, including an opportunity to work with the England Women’s Cricket first team.



Sam has specialist skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine and performance coaching and his key interests lie in the diagnosis and management of shoulder, elbow, knee, foot and ankle injuries.

He has a particular interest in tennis injuries which saw him complete his masters thesis on the interactions between the kinetic chain and shoulder pain.

He enjoys helping clients improve not only in athletic endeavour but in lifestyle and overall health performance too. 

Whilst his current practice sees him treat a predominance of sports injuries of all natures, his case load is varied and he is experienced in treating everyone from athletes to corporate workers suffering from spinal complaints.


Sam’s Philosophy

Sam’s philosophy lies in empowering his patients. Taking time to discuss the nature and cause of the injury, and to reason how to get better but also how to try to avoid getting injured in the future is paramount to his practice.

He also believes in the importance of multidisciplinary approach and so is proactive in interacting with coaches, doctors and consultants when needed.

Sam understands the impact that injuries have on individuals and so helps his patients to see the silver linings to injuries and how you can learn from them and turn them into a positive experience.


A few more testimonials:

“Calm, understanding, interested in his client, knows his job, gracious, reliable – some of the qualities of Sam. These all put the patient at ease so the relationship of physio and client is enhanced in service and attitude. I recommend Sam.” Graham B

“Came to Sam after injuring my ankle Snowboarding and had a nasty ankle sprain. Over the course of 8 weeks i have had many physio sessions and my ankle has improved significantly. Very knowledgeable and gave me a detailed and useful plan for my development.” Ed W

“Sam is very competent and professional. He sorted out a complicated shoulder problem for me and I am very pleased that I have found a physio practitioner that I can trust.” Gary 

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