Project Description

Mark Buckingham

Mark Buckingham leads our team of world class physiotherapists.

Physio

I am best at solving musculo-skeletal issues in runners, often those issues that have been difficult to resolve for many months or years. This is a combination of lots of study, lots of experience, attention to detail and that elusive quality of a ‘feel’ for it.

Over nearly 25 years as a physio I have seen around 50 patients every week. That is over 50,000 assessment and treatment sessions. Most of them have been with athletes. I knew as a 14 year old that I wanted to be a physio. I have always loved sport but not ever been any good at it. Physio has enabled me to be involved at the elite end and I am grateful to have known so many dedicated individuals and been part of their endeavours.

I have worked with Sonia and Louise in particular for over 15 years, through thick and thin. Top performance is not easy and the ‘red line’ is easily stepped over.

I was lucky to be asked to set up the physio part of the UK’s first high performance centre for athletics at Loughborough in 1999. What started out as me treating athletes in a changing room developed into the purpose built HIPAC that houses British athletics today. I ran the physio dept. alongside my role as clinical lead for the 250 athletes in the east midlands for the English Institute of Sport.

Having been involved in the build up to Atlanta and then going to the Sydney and Athens Olympics I decided that I had spent enough time away from my family so concentrated on shorter trips and my input into athletes from the practice in Northampton. I went to 16 years of World and European Cross Country Championships as well as numerous world and European track championships. I continue in a consultative role.

Prior to this I worked at one of the country’s most prestigious ballet schools as well as consultation roles with England Rugby and Godolphin racing stables.

Witty, Pask and Buckingham is one of the country’s largest physio practices with 15 physios. I am very proud of the quality of service and reputation for clinical excellence and integrity that we have.

The Performance Team was my idea that built from a throw away comment by Dr John Rogers about doing what we love in a nice warm place with a few super keen athletes. My wife and I had been friends with Ian and Jules Dyckhoff for many years and when they moved to Domaine Lavie three years ago I wondered if it might work out. Having developed the clinical ideas and taken advice from Andy and Sonia about training requirements I visited and ticked every box. Thus Performance Team was born. The perfect combination of personnel and place.

  • 80% of my patients over 25 years have been athletes
  • Two time Olympic physio at Sydney and Athens
  • Numerous athletes at all the major games for the past 20 years
  • Owner of specialist sport injury clinic Witty, Pask and Buckingham Physiotherapists
  • Started the High Performance centre in Loughborough for British Athletics and the English Institute of Sport
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, 1993 Bath
  • Chartered Physiotherapist since 1993
  • Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy 1995 London
  • Numerous courses in sports injury, manual therapy and biomechanics
  • Internationally recognised speaker on sport injury rehabilitation
  • 50 patients every week for 24 years  means over 55,000 assessment and treatment sessions
  • Director of internationally renowned sports injury clinic Witty, Pask and Buckingham
  • Team GB at Physio Sydney and Athens Olympic Games and numerous World and European indoor and outdoor championships
  • British Athletics Physio for 16 World and European cross country championships
  • Clinical Lead for the English Institute of Sport and British Athletics at Loughborough ’99 to ’04

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