Dr Christopher Holland


Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy, Head of Department for Sport Science, Management and Therapy

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Senior Management Team


Contact Details

email: c.holland@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542857

Christopher is a graduate Sports Therapist and joined the University of Worcester in April 2016. He has been teaching in Higher Education since 2005 across all areas of Sports Science, and has taught on Sports Therapy programmes at both degree and Masters levels.

Christopher has a background as a professional footballer with Bournemouth, Bristol City and Exeter City, as well as playing semi-professionally for a number of regional conference clubs. He has significant experience as both a Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach within semi-professional football. He has also worked with athletes from sports including distance running, mixed martial arts, golf, fitness competitions and cyclists. Christopher is co-lead Sports Therapist for the Worcester Wolves basketball team, and was the medical lead for Wales under 20 and under 18 squads. He also runs his own successful private Sports Therapy practice.


  • PhD (University of Gloucestershire)
  • MSc Sports Therapy (London Metropolitan University)
  • PGDip Education (Bath University)
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Bath University)
  • BA (Hons) Coach Education and Sports Development (Bath University)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)
  • Level 3 First Person on Scene - Intermediate
  • Level 3 Assessor in Vocational Achievement (CAVA)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 2 Instructor in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
  • Kinesio Taping KT1 and KT2

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Christopher enjoys teaching all areas of Sports Therapy and has experience teaching on:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Massage Injuries and Illness
  • Manual Therapy for Sports Therapists
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Principles and Practice of Training
  • The Research Process
  • Clinical Placement
  • Massage and Injury Clinic Supervision

Research Interests:

Christopher completed his PhD with a research title 'Joint Mobilisation and Home-Based Rehabilitation for the Treatment of Chronic Ankle Instability: Clinical Investigation and Practitioner Development’.

Christopher is also involved with a number of ongoing studies within the Sports Therapy team including a longitudinal study on injury prevalence within university sport.

Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Society of Sports Therapists (MSST)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Player Member of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA)
  • Professional Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
  • Associate Member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)


Holland, C.J., Hughes, J.D. and De Ste Croix, M.B.A. (2020) Acute Effects of Increased Joint Mobilization Treatment Duration on Ankle Function and Dynamic Postural Control in Female Athletes with Chronic Ankle Instability. The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 8(6): doi: 10.1177/2325967120927371.

Holland, C.J., Hughes, J.D. and De Ste Croix, M.B.A. (2019) The effect of joint mobilisation treatment dose on dynamic balance in those with chronic ankle instability. Abstracts for the 24th Annual European College of Sports Science, 3-6 July 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.

Holland, C.J. and Godwin, M. (2019) The metabolic demand of external load carriage in golfers: A comparison of a single versus double-strap golf bag. J Sports Med Phys Fitness.

Holland, C.J., Hughes, J.D. and De Ste Croix, M.B.A. (2017) Effects of joint mobilisation to improve dorsiflexion range of motion in female team sports athletes. Abstracts for the XXVIth International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology, The Future of Football Medicine, 13-15 August 2017, Barcelona, Spain, Isokinetic Medical Group. ISBN 9788860285058.

Holland, C.J. (2016) Anteroposterior grade IV mobilisations of the talus confer greater residual effects on dorsiflexion range of motion as the duration of treatment increases. Podium presentation at the Association of Foot and Ankle Physiotherapists Annual Conference 2016, London, UK.

Holland, C.J., Campbell, K. and Hutt, K. (2015) Increased treatment durations lead to greater improvements in dorsiflexion range of motion for asymptomatic individuals immediately following an anteroposterior grade IV mobilisation of the talus. Manual Therapy. 29(4): 598-602.

Holland, C.J. and Mills, C.D. (2013) Profiling sports therapy students' preferred learning styles within a clinical education context. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. 9: 1-19.