Naomi Huggins

Naomi Huggins

Lecturer (Teaching) in Sports Therapy

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details


Naomi is a graduate Sports Therapist who joined the University as an Associate Lecturer in 2019 for both Healthcare and Sports Therapy; then subsequently joined the full-time Sports Therapy lecturing team in 2021.

Naomi’s professional background is in clinical practice and international sport.  She has run a successful private practice since 2013 working with Great Britain boxers, gymnasts and sailors along with international netball, rugby, wheelchair rugby, weightlifting, cyclocross, crossfit and canicross athletes.  She spent 8 years working with Great Britain american football as Lead Sports Therapist across the globe (and club level), whilst also taking up the role of Anti-Doping Co-ordinator for the British American Football Association.  Naomi has also worked in rugby both local and international, notably a tour with Tonga rugby in 2015.  Naomi has had experience within Special Educational Needs (SEN) since 2006 which has led into her interest in the biopsychosocial approach to injuries.


  • Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutrition (2020)
  • MSc Professional Practice in Sports Therapy, University of Gloucestershire (2019)
  • Level 3 in Education and Training (with Learning and Development), Hartpury College (2015)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, University of Gloucestershire (2013)
  • Sports Trauma Management

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Naomi currently teaches on Sports Massage Injuries and Illness, Examination and Assessment, First Aid and Trauma, Thermotherapies and Sports Rehabilitation.  Naomi also has experience of supervising students within both massage and injury clinics.  She has previously taught Anatomy, Physiology and Biology across Healthcare; along with Principles and Practice of Training and Sport and Exercise Physiology within Sports Therapy.

Research Interests:

Naomi completed her MSc thesis looking at the psychosocial aspect of why elite female athletes play through pain.

Professional Bodies

Member of The Society of Sports Therapists (MSST).

External Responsibilities

Owner of NM Sports Therapy Clinic, Cheltenham.