School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Staff

Dr Wheeler graduated from Leicester University Medical School in 1998. He holds an MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine from Nottingham University (2004), and an MSc in Physical Activity and Public Health from Staffordshire University (2012). He is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine, and was one of the first group of doctors entered onto the GMC Specialist Register in Sport & Exercise Medicine in 2009. He completed his PhD at Loughborough University in 2019 investigating medical management options for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis, and comparing treatments with those used in other chronic tendinopathies.

Dr Wheeler has been employed in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) at Loughborough University since 2013 and is currently engaged across a wide number of roles supporting research, teaching, and enterprise. He is the Programme Director for the Intercalated Medical Students at Loughborough University, he is the Module Lead for an MSc module, and supervises a number of current PhD Students.

In addition to his work at Loughborough University, Dr Wheeler works for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, where he has been employed as a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine since 2009, having joined the department originally in 2000. He served as the Head of Service in the Sports Medicine Department at Leicester Hospitals from 2013-2017 before stepping down from this management role to create more time for his teaching and research activities.

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Dr Wheeler is the Principal Investigator on several ongoing NHS interventional research trials examining the effectiveness of treatments for patients with chronic tendinopathies, and has previously led research looking at physical activity intervention strategies. Dr Wheeler has recruited more than 1100 patients to his NHS research studies to date, and continues to remain very research active. 

Dr Wheeler is very happy to be contacted by prospective PhD students, particularly those from clinical backgrounds, who are interested in undertaking their Doctoral Studies at Loughborough University.

  • Dr Wheeler holds an Honorary post at Leicester University, where he is involved in the teaching and assessment of medical students.
  • Dr Wheeler is an elected member of the council of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (FSEM), his roles include linking SEM within the wider NHS including activity reporting.
  • Dr Wheeler has worked in a variety of roles supporting and teaching on the Sport & Exercise Medicine MSc programme at the University of Bath since 2007, and continues to teach / examine / supervise research in this programme.
  • Dr Wheeler has also previously worked extensively with elite sports and national governing bodies over multiple Olympic and Paralympic Cycles going back to 2004. Dr Wheeler worked for the English Institute of Sport from 2007-2013 and has worked for ParalympicsGB at the Beijing2008, London2012 and Rio2016 Paralympic Games.

 

(to April 2020)

 

1

Turner M, Martin N, Player D, Ferguson R, Wheeler P, Green C, et al. Characterising hyperinsulinaemia induced insulin resistance in human skeletal muscle cells. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. 2020;accepted for publication 19th December 2019.

2

Wheeler PC, Tattersall C. Novel interventions for recalcitrant Achilles tendinopathy: benefits seen following High-Volume Image-Guided Injection (HVIGI) or Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) – a prospective cohort study. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2018;[Epub ahead of print] - Published 16th May 2018.

3

Barker-Davies RM, Roberts A, Watson J, Baker P, Bennett AN, Fong DTP, et al. Kinematic and kinetic differences between military patients with patellar tendinopathy and asymptomatic controls during single leg squats. Clinical Biomechanics. 2019;62:127-35.

4

Wheeler PC. Up to a quarter of patients with certain chronic recalcitrant tendinopathies may have Central Sensitisation – a prospective cohort of more than 300 patients. British Journal of Pain. 2019;13(3):137-44.

5

Wheeler PC. Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) plus rehabilitation for insertional and non-insertional Achilles Tendinopathy shows good results across a range of domains of function. The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. 2019;58(4):617-22.

6

Wheeler PC. The provision of simple written material does not significantly improve physical activity rates in a population with musculoskeletal problems, a double-blinded randomised controlled trial. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2018;59(7):1244-52.

7

Pullen E, Malcolm D, Wheeler P. How effective is the integration of Sport and Exercise Medicine in the English National Health Service for sport related injury treatment and health management? . Journal of Sport Med & Physical Fitness 2018;59(3):481-8

8

Watson J, Barker-Davies RM, Bennett AN, Fong DTP, Wheeler P, Ranson C, et al. Sport and Exercise Medicine consultants are reliable in assessing tendon neovascularity using ultrasound Doppler. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 2018;4(e000298).

9

Barker-Davies R, Roberts A, Bennett AN, Fong DT, Wheeler P, Lewis M. Single leg squat ratings by clinicians are reliable and predict excessive hip internal rotation moment. Gait and Posture. 2018;61:453-8.

10

Wheeler PC, Tattersall C. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Plus Rehabilitation for Patients With Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Might Reduce Pain and Improve Function but Still Not Lead to Increased Activity: A Case-Series Study With Multiple Outcome Measures. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2018;57(2):339-45.

11

Barker-Davies RM, Nicol A, McCurdie I, Watson J, Baker P, Wheeler P, et al. A Double Blind Randomised Control Trial of High Volume Image Guided Injections in Achilles and patella tendinopathy in a young active population. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2017;18(204).

12

Wheeler PC. The addition of a Tension Night Splint to a structured home rehabilitation programme in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis does not lead to significant additional benefits in either pain, function, or flexibility – a single-blinded randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 2017;3:e000234. 

13

Wheeler PC, Mitchell R, Ghaly M, Buxton K. Primary Care knowledge, and beliefs, about physical activity and health. British Journal of General Practice Open. 2017(BJGP-2017-0809).  

14

Wheeler PC. Neuropathic pain may be common in chronic lower limb tendinopathy; a prospective cohort study. British Journal of Pain. 2017;11(1):16-22.

15

Evangelidis PE, Massey GJ, Ferguson RA, Wheeler PC, Pain MTG, Folland JP. The functional significance of hamstrings composition: Is it really a ‘fast’ muscle group? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 2016. 

16

 Wheeler PC, Tattersall C. The role of Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) plus rehabilitation for patients with chronic Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS), a case series assessing effects on pain, sleep quality, activity and functioning. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2016;38(1):27-35.

17

Wheeler P, Mahadevan D, Bhatt R, Bhatia M. A comparison of two different High-Volume Image-Guided Injection procedures for patients with chronic non-insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. 2016;55(5):976-9.

18

Morton S, Thompson D, Wheeler P, Easton G, Majeed A. What do patients really know? An evaluation of patients’ physical activity guideline knowledge within general practice. London Journal of Primary Care. 2016:1-8.

19

Haseler C, Cambray C, Wheeler P. Osteoarthritis and corticosteroid injections: the four groups. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2016;38(1):3-9.

20

Wheeler PC. The role of Autologous Blood Injections in the treatment for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis – a case series and longer term follow-up. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2015;37(2):47-53.

21

Wheeler PC. The effectiveness and tolerability of Tension Night Splints for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis - a case-series study. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2014;36(4):130-6.

22

Wheeler PC. The use of High-Volume Image-Guided Injections (HVIGI) for Achilles tendinopathy - a case series & pilot study. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2014;36(3):96-103.

23

Kassam H, Tzortziou Brown V, O'Halloran P, Wheeler P, Fairclough J, Maffulli N, et al. General Practitioners’ attitude to Sport and Exercise Medicine services: a questionnaire-based survey. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2014;90(1070):680-4.    

24

Carter JM, Randell RK, Passe DH, Wheeler P, Jeukendrup AEJ, Rollo I. A Comparison of Techniques to Measure Body Composition in Athletes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2014;46(5S):571.

25

Wheeler P, Boyd K, Shipton M. Surgery for Patients With Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis: Good Results at Short-, Medium-, and Long-term Follow-up. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014;2(3).

26

Williamson T, Wheeler P, Stephens C, Ferguson M. Emergency care provision at the 2009 Special Olympics Great Britain. Emergency Medicine Journal. 2013;30(5):411-3.

27

Wheeler P. Autologous blood injections for chronic plantar fasciitis – a pilot case-series study shows promising results. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2013;35(1):3-7.

28

Wheeler PC, Williamson T, Stephens C, Ferguson M. A report of the medical team activity at the 2009 Special Olympics GB. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012;46(2):143-9.

29

Brown JS, Wheeler PC, Boyd KT, Barnes MR, Allen MJ. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome of the forearm: a case series of 12 patients treated with fasciotomy. Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume). 2011;36(5):413-9.

30

Wheeler P. What do patients think about diagnostic ultrasound? A pilot study to investigate patient-perceived benefits with the use of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound in an outpatient clinic setting. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2010;32(2):68-71.

31

Wheeler P. Leicester City Musculoskeletal Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic (A report on the first 2½ years of activity). International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2009;31(2):91-2.

32

Wheeler P, Batt ME. Do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs adversely affect stress fracture healing? A short review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2005;39(2):65-9.