Senior Lecturer in Sports Injury Management, Director of Studies
School of Sport
T: 01904 876475
I am currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Injury Management at the university. I graduated from York St John University in 1999 with a BA (Hons) Physical Education and progressed into the fitness industry for a short period of time as a lifestyle consultant, accruing fitness based qualifications in training healthy individual and those on GP exercise referral programmes. I have spent most (12 years) of my post graduate career teaching at York College teaching, managing and developing higher education sports therapy provision, and teaching/assessing sports massage therapy qualifications up to level 4.
I have post graduate qualifications in teaching and learning (Huddersfield University), sport and exercise sciences (Leeds Met University), and sports therapy (Teeside University). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education authority (FHEA). I am extremely passionate about teaching, learning, and developing students into interdisciplinary evidence based practitioners within my subject areas.
I am currently completing a PhD based on psychosocial factors associated with sports injury outcomes in soccer players.
My Twitter account is @dale_forsdyke
The modules I currently teach relate to the injury prevention, rehabilitation, reconditioning and return to sport. These reflect both my previous post graduate qualifications and current research interests. I am also interested in the development of effective work based learning opportunities for students and also supervise final year dissertations.
Previously I have taught modules relating to sports injury rehabilitation, peripheral and spinal mobilisation, trauma management, conditioning, nutrition, and health related exercise prescription. I have experience of teaching across more vocational qualifications including sports first aid, first aid at work, sports massage, and gym instruction.
I have a research interest in most aspects in the management of sports injury. This spans optimising sport injury prevention, rehabilitation, reconditioning, and return to sport.
Within my field I am best known as a researcher of psychosocial factors that are associated with sports injury outcomes.
Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)
Gledhill A, Forsdyke D, Murray E. Psychological interventions used to reduce sports injuries: a systematic review of real world effectiveness. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018, DOI:10.1136/bjsports-2017-097694
Forsdyke, D. Gledhill, A, Mackay, N. and Randerson, K. Foundations in Sports Therapy. Heinemann, London, UK; 2011.
Madigan DJ, Stoeber J, Forsdyke D, et al. Perfectionism predicts injury in junior athletes: Preliminary evidence from a prospective study, Journal of Sports Sciences 2017, DOI:10.1080/02640414.2017.1322709
Gledhill A, Harwood C, Forsdyke D. Psychosocial factors associated with talent development in football: A systematic review, Psychology of Sport & Exercise 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.04.002.
Gledhill A, Murray E, Forsdyke D Psychological Interventions Associated with Injury Prevention: A Systematic Review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:321-322.
Forsdyke D, Smith A, Jones M, et al. Infographic: Psychosocial factors associated with outcomes of sports injury rehabilitation in competitive athletes British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:561. DOI:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097467
Forsdyke D, Gledhill A, Ardern C. Psychological readiness to return to sport: three elements to help the practitioners decide whether the athlete is REALLY ready? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:555-556. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096770
Forsdyke D, Smith A, Jones M, et al. Psychosocial factors associated with outcomes of sports injury rehabilitation in competitive athletes: a mixed studies systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2016;50:537-544. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094850
Forsdyke D, Gledhill A. Influence of the voluntary isometric contraction intensity in modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching on hamstring flexibility. Journal of Sports Sciences 2015;33(sup 1):s109-119. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1110335
Gledhill A, Forsdyke D. and Sutton G. The role of player–parent dyads in sports injury rehabilitation and the return to competition of elite female youth soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences 2015;33(sup 1):s72-74. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1110330
Jowett G, Forsdyke D. and Hill A. The relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and coping with injury in marathon runners. Journal of Sports Sciences 2015;33(sup 1):s9-12. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1110313
Forsdyke D. Risk, response, and recovery: the psychology of sports injury. sportEX Medicine 2014;59:10-15.
Forsdyke D. Risk, response and recovery: psychology of sports injury. Embody magazine 2014; Spring: 11-15.
Forsdyke D. It’s all in the mind: psychosocial interventions to improve recovery. sportEX Medicine 2014;60:8-13.
Forsdyke D, Gledhill A. Reaching out for a helping hand: the role of social support in sports injury rehabilitation. sportEX Medicine 2014;61:8-12.
Gledhill A, Forsdyke D. The challenges of youth: psychosocial response to injury and rehabilitation in young athletes. sportEX Medicine 2015;63:12-17.
Accepted for oral at Football Medicine Outcomes Conference (2018): Forsdyke D, Salter J, Weston M, Cresswell R. Effect on Simulated Soccer Match play on Hip Strength.
Accepted for oral at Future of Football Medicine Conference (2017): Forsdyke D, Gledhill A, Smith A. Psychosocial factors related to sports injury outcomes in elite female soccer players.
Invited keynote at Running 2017 (2017): Forsdyke D. Rehabilitating the athlete not just the injury: Psychological aspects of running injury rehabilitation.
Human Kinetics/BASES Webinar June 16th (2015): Gledhill A, Forsdyke D. Rehabilitating the athlete not just the injury.
Accepted for poster at BASES (2015): Forsdyke D, Gledhill A. Influence of the voluntary isometric contraction intensity in modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching on hamstring flexibility; currently unpublished.
Accepted for poster at BASES (2015): Gledhill, Forsdyke & Sutton (2015) The role of player-parent dyads in sports injury rehabilitation and the return to competition of female youth soccer players; currently unpublished.
Accepted for poster at QRSE (2014): Gledhill A, Forsdyke D. Sustained academic achievement in vocational education: a case for methodological pluralism; currently unpublished.
Accepted for oral at ECSS (2014): Gledhill A, Forsdyke D. Injury experiences in adolescent female soccer; currently unpublished.
Human Kinetics/BASES Webinar June 16th: Rehabilitating the athlete not just the injury
FA Level 5 Psych CPD Event Sept 2015 SGP: Psychology of Sports Injury: prevention and rehabilitation
I have dual professional body status with the Society of Sports Therapists (MSST) and Sports Massage Association (MSMA). I am currently Head of Science and Medicine at York City Tier 1 Regional Talent Club overseeing the athletic development elite female soccer players. I have previously worked as Head of Medicine in Women’s Super League (WSL) soccer for Doncaster Rovers Belles, and am currently working with i2i International Soccer Academy. As a result of these roles I have had the opportunity to provide medical/sports science support for England elite performance Camps (EPC), and contributed to FA in-service/CPD events across the regions, and at St Georges Park. I am also currently used by the FA as a Physical Performance Coach.
I am also involved in external examination activity and curriculum development for a prominent awarding body.