Darren studied at the University of Ulster and graduated in 2007 with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. He started his working career in private practice in July 2007, and quickly developed a large caseload of both musculoskeletal and orthopaedic patients. Having seen the benefits of the Sarah Key Method for treating back and neck pain, Darren began his training in 2008 and became an Accredited Practitioner of the Sarah Key Method (APSKM) in 2010.
Playing football himself, Darren has always had a passion for sport and working with professional athletes. From 2008 he worked with Northern Ireland International Football Under 17 squad and progressed to Under 21 level in 2012. He has also worked with Ulster Rugby U18 Squads, and continues to provide Soft Tissue Therapy service on a locum basis for the Senior Ulster Rugby Squad and N.I. Athletics.
Darren returned to the University of Ulster in 2011 and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Medicine. This equipped Darren with the knowledge and skills to work at International level within Sports Physiotherapy and as a result he has now been Physiotherapist with the Senior Men’s Northern Ireland Football Squad since October 2012. This involves travelling with the team to training camps and international fixtures, providing injury management, pre-habilitation and recovery strategies for the players to maximise performance and reduce playing time loss from injury.
Darren is delighted to be joining North Down Physiotherapy Clinic and brings a wealth of experience treating all musculoskeletal injuries. His enthusiasm and passion for his profession is reflected in his commitment to his clients and results in them consistently achieving their goals.
Teams worked with
Northern Ireland Senior Men’s Football Squad
Ulster Rugby Senior Men – Soft Tissue Therapist (locum)
Northern Ireland Athletics – Soft Tissue Therapist (Locum)
Northern Ireland football U17, U19 and U 21 Level
Ulster Rugby U18 Clubs – Interprovincial Championships
N.I. Liverpool Football Academy U13
Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP)
Member of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Accredited Practitioner of Sarah Key Method (APSKM)
Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)