Dr Darren Cooper


Principal Lecturer in Sports Therapy


Contact Details

email: d.cooper@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542623

Darren joined the University of Worcester in June 2013; his areas of expertise are Sports Therapy, Elite Sports Performance, Sports Biomechanics and Learning and Teaching.

Alongside academia, Darren trained as an elite rower on GB’s World Class Start Programme for a number of years competing at elite regattas around the country and trialling against international athletes. After rowing, he took up triathlons and has competed in all distances from sprint to Ironman.

Darren’s interest in sport has led to numerous and extensive injuries that have meant that being a Sports Therapist has been very beneficial and saved him a fortune! He has worked with athletes professionally since 2003 ranging from dedicated amateurs to Olympians.



  • Doctor of Education (Durham) Thesis title: The Effectiveness of Instructional Video in the Acquisition of Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor Skills in Practical Sports Therapy Rehabilitation (http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11498/), Durham University (2016)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University (2008)
  • MSc Sports and Exercise, Teesside University (2005)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, Teesside University (2004)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching & Research


Darren enjoys teaching all areas of Sports Therapy and is currently teaching on:

SPTH1016 Functional Anatomy
SPTH2011 Sports Rehabilitation
SPRT2035C The Research Process
SPTH3010 Advances and Developments in Sports Therapy


Darren is currently undertaking a variety of research projects within Sports Therapy and Learning and Teaching areas.

Professional Bodies

Member of the Society of Sports Therapists (MSST)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Cooper, D. (2015) The Effectiveness of Instructional Video in the Acquisition of Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor Skills in Practical Sports Therapy Rehabilitation. In: HEA Social Sciences Conference, 3-4 December 2015, The Studio, Manchester. (Unpublished)

Cooper, D. and Higgins, S. (2014) The effectiveness of online instructional videos in the acquisition and demonstration of cognitive, affective and psychomotor rehabilitation skills. British Journal of Educational Technology, p.n/an/a. Available at: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/bjet.12166.

Cooper, D. (2010) Student Evaluation of Instructor-Made Interactive Videos for Teaching and Reinforcing the Acquisition of Practical Skills. Abstract presented at the 3Rivers Consortium conference, Tuesday 30th March 2010.

Wright MD., Cooper, D., Harrison C., Cooley D. and Fleming L. (2009) From injury to record breaking performance: a case study on interdisciplinary sports science support to an elite ultra distance runner. Oral presentation at the International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference, Thursday 20th August 2009 and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43:e2.