Since graduating with 1st Class Honours in Physiotherapy from Northumbria University in 2018, Alex has been working for the North East Musculoskeletal Service where he has been exposed to a variety of complex musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and neurological disorders. In this role he has gained a strong reputation of being a thorough, compassionate and person-centred clinician that always goes above and beyond for his patients.
As a former national judo champion, British University 60m gold medallist and county hockey player, Alex also has extensive experience in elite sport and has worked with a number of high-profile clubs across the North East including Tynedale RFC, Newcastle Thunder and North Tyneside Barbells. Alex’s main role however is working with the Newcastle Eagles, the most successful British Basketball team of all-time, and is also medical lead for their elite U19 academy side. It is through his interest and work in elite sport that led him to pursue an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine which he successfully completed in 2021 with Distinction.
In addition to his work in the NHS and elite sport, Alex has over a decade of experience in strength and conditioning, is a Level 4 Personal Trainer and is a qualified sports nutritionist making him an extremely well-rounded clinician. He has a passion for continuous professional development and has completed numerous training courses with the UKSCA, British Weightlifting and the Clean Health Fitness Institute, and is a currently working towards his FIFA Sports Medicine Diploma and various additional sports nutrition modules for the physique athlete.
Alex specialises in the following areas:
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SJ's wealth of experience and genuine passion for his job is his biggest asset, coupled with his ability to forge a relationship with a client on a professional and a personal level. He found a solution to my long-term lower back problems, not only by treating the symptoms but finding the root cause of the issue. It allowed me to continue my career as a professional rugby player with the Newcastle Falcons and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed.
Carlo Del Fava
BBC Sport, Former Italian International
After becoming injured earlier in the year I came to Activate Physio for help. SJ quickly isolated the issues and provided a programme of exercises to correct imbalances that had caused the problems. This enabled me to resume training quicker than expected with stronger and more efficient form. I would highly recommend Activate Physiotherapy to anyone in need of professional sports treatment.
Having both coached Andy as an athlete & then worked alongside him as a colleague, I can't recommend his services and knowledge enough! He is a true professional and gentlemen to work with and always makes sure his service is of the highest standard. Having a team of international and Olympic athletes to cater for, I only use the best in the business and that is what you get with Andy!
USA Olympic Gold Medalist Coach
As an international and Olympic athlete I set my expectations very high when working with coaching and medical staff. I thoroughly recommend Andy Thirlwell to anyone looking to gain and edge in their sporting performance!
2012 Olympian, European Silver Medalist
I highly recommend Andy Thirlwell. His knowledge & expertise are world class. Working with Andy will take your sporting performance to the next level along with improving your over all health!
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder
SJ is a great Physio. I've known him for years, and can highly recommend him. Obviously passionate about his profession, he is hard working, conscientious, encouraging, and positive. If you want first-class treatment with a smile, SJ is your man.
Former Scotland International