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Dr Rachael Cubberley

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy

Rachael Cubberley

My career as a lecturer and physiotherapist has evolved from a combination of my love of science and sport. Prior to joining the Sports Therapy team here at the University of Bedfordshire I ran my own private practice for eight years offering physiotherapy and personal training. I specialised in treating musculoskeletal injuries, including sports injuries, back and neck pain, postural problems, as well as post-operative rehabilitation.

I have also worked for five years within the NHS at the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, providing physiotherapy treatment to patients with personality disorders.

Prior to training as a physiotherapist I worked within the pharmaceutical research and development industry, researching the genetic causes of diseases such Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and Alzheimer's.

I am a keen sportswoman completing a number of marathons, half marathons, triathlons, including Ironman Wales and other long distance events.


  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biology received from University of East London
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences from The University of Warwick
  • Master of Science Physiotherapy from The University of Essex

Teaching Role

My teaching role reflects my background as a practicing physiotherapist and personal trainer with many years experience in academia, industry and as a private practitioner.

I am responsible for coordinating and delivering

  • Level 2 - Assessment of Sports Injuries
  • Level 3 - Electrotherapy and Therapeutic Modalities
  • Level 3 - Clinical Practice

Contributed to the writing and validation for the Physiotherapy for Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation MSc.

I am responsible for coordinating and delivering

  • MSc - Physiotherapy Clinical Critical Reasoning
  • MSc - Advanced Physiotherapy Practice

Research Interests

I have previously worked in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry, as part of their drug discovery team, where my research focused on identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Prior to the above work the Wellcome Trust sponsored my research focused on identifying the cofactor and substrate binding sites for inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). iNOS derived nitric oxide plays an important role in numerous physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist I am now interested in nitric oxide as a treatment for tendinopathy.

Recent Research Projects

Investigate the impact of open kinetic chain and closed kinetic chain core abdominal exercises have on Transversus abdominis, external oblique and internal oblique muscle activation as measured by real-time ultrasound imaging.

Investigate the impact open kinetic chain and closed kinetic chain shoulder exercises have on infraspinatus, supraspinatus and deltoid activation.

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

I continue to provide training advice and physiotherapy for a number of endurance athletes. I particularly specialise in marathon and long distance triathlon.

Recent Publications

  • Hammond LE & Cubberley RR (2014) Improving academic integrity using an e-resource Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education manuscript awaiting publication

A full list can be provided on request.

Contact Details

School of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Luton campus
University Square
Luton, Bedfordshire

T: +44 (0)1234 400400, Ext 9179

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