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Wednesday 19 March 2014

England physio speaks at Solent event

England physio Gary Lewin will be speaking at Southampton Solent University on Wednesday 19 March about the national team’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup.

“This will be a unique opportunity for our students to learn about England’s preparations from a man who has been at the heart of the team for nearly two decades,” says Dr Richard Elliott, Associate Professor and Director of the University’s centre for football research.

“Gary has experienced multiple major tournaments with England and, with just 85 days to go to the start of the competition, he will set out how the teams preparations are developing ahead of the June kick off in Brazil.”

Gary began his career in football as a young goalkeeper at Arsenal at the age of 16, but after a brief spell at Barnet he trained at Guy’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy – returning to Arsenal in 1986 as first-team physiotherapist.

He was first-team physio at Arsenal for 22 years, until he became the Head of Physiotherapy to the England Senior Men’s Football Team in August 2008.

He has been credited with saving limbs and even lives during his career. Gary was first onto the pitch when Chelsea captain John Terry swallowed his tongue when he was hit in the face by Abou Diaby’s foot during a corner in the Arsenal penalty area, possibly saving his life.

More recently he was credited by then Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva as saving his foot and career, after Eduardo suffered a broken leg  on 23 February 2008.

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