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Sarah Martin

Senior Lecturer

Programme Leader - MSc Sport Rehabilitation

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

01752 636700 Ext:4348


Role Summary

I am a highly qualified sport rehabilitation specialist with over 15 years of experience in the field. As a Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at Plymouth Marjon University since 2008, I am responsible for the teaching and mentoring of students on the BSc Sports Therapy and BSc Sport Rehabilitation and Conditioning programmes as well as leading the MSc Sport Rehabilitation programme.

I'm passionate about helping athletes and individuals recover from injuries and return to their full potential. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Birmingham, a PGCE in Higher Education from the University of Wolverhampton, a Master's degree from the University of St Mark and St John, and am a PhD candidate in biomechanics at the University of Exeter, investigating changes in biomechanics in senior golfers. I was also awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.

Before joining Plymouth Marjon University, I worked as a sports therapist in private practice, and alongside my academic roles, I work with professional speedway riders. I am a Titleist Performance Institute golf coach (level 1, pending) and work with golfers of all ages and levels to recover from injuries and enhance their physical condition.

I am a dedicated lecturer who strives to create a supportive and engaging learning environment for students. I use a variety of teaching methods, including hands-on practical sessions and online resources, to help students develop their knowledge and skills. 

Additionally, I work closely with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) who are the accrediting body for our BSc Sport Rehabilitation and Conditioning, and MSc Sport Rehabilitation programmes which enables me to keep up-to-date with current industry trends.


  • RFU Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS) level 2
  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • MEd Professional Development, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth
  • PGCE Post-Compulsory Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, University of Birmingham



  • Sports Therapy
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Pathology of Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Golf Injury Biomechanics
  • Pre-Participation Screening
  • Isokinetic Dynamometry for Screening and Rehabilitation


My research interests are in a variety of related areas to Sport Rehabilitation.

My current research for her PhD with the University of Exeter focusses on the biomechanics of golf as a function of age in senior golfers.

As part of the teaching teams collaborative research projects, I have investigated the effects of a pneumatic compression device on peripheral blood flow.

I actively engage in performance-related research within Professional motorcycle speedway and have peer-reviewed publications in this field.

My previous research interests have focused on physical activity engagement in Secondary PE, and Adherence Strategies within Home Exercise Programmes for Rehabilitation.


  • Markowski, M., Szczepan, S., Zatoń, M., Martin, S., & Michalik, K. (2023). The importance of reaction time to the starting signal on race results in elite motorcycle speedway racing. Plos one18(1), e0281138.
  • Martin S, Doggart L, Bloxham S. (2019). A physical profile of novice and experienced professional motorcycle speedway riders. J Sports Med Phys Fitness,15, DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.19.08775-9
  • Martin, S. and Arthur, J. (2015) The effectiveness of Core PE lessons to improve physical fitness (AIESEP Conference) Revista Espanola de educacion fisica y deportes, Vol. 410, No. 8 (Supl.): 166-167.
  • Martin, S. (2014) The relationship between heart rate and positioning in professional speedway riders (BASES Conference). Journal of Sports Sciences, 32(S2): i1-i33.
  • Martin, S. (2012) The effects of different modes of instruction on adherence rates to an unsupervised proprioception-based rehabilitation programme for the chronically unstable ankle. Journal of Sports Therapy, 6(1).

Expert Membership of professional bodies

British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) level 1 (pending)

Member of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO)

Roles on external bodies

British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) - Accreditation Board

External Examiner - University of Salford, BSc Sport Rehabilitation

Editorial Board - Orthopaedics Open Access Open Journal

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