School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Staff

Dr Patrick Wheeler MBChB, MSc(SEM), MSc(PA&PH), FFSEM, MRCGP

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Senior Clinical Academic Fellow

 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. Dr Wheeler is the module lead for a module sitting within the MSc Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health (MSSH) which. focusses on risk factors for sport & musculoskeletal injury. In this module, students are taught about different aspects of injury risk, screening, prevention and protected management strategies after an injury to reduce risk to individuals and teams. Dr Wheeler is the Programme Director for the Intercalated Students at Loughborough University. This is a programme where medical students spend a year at Loughborough University studying aspects of Sport & Exercise Science in a year away from their clinical training. This successful programme has been running for many years, giving medical students an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in this domain. Dr Wheeler co-supervises several PhD students currently across different domains of sports/musculoskeletal medicine, having had two students successfully complete their PhD and with several others projected to in the next 12 months. 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 is involved in roles involving training, supervision and overseeing research within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, particularly those involving invasive procedures such as muscle and adipose tissue biopsies.

Dr Wheeler graduated from Leicester University Medical School in 1998, He holds an MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine from Nottingham University (2004), a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine from the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (2006), a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London (2007), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound from Bournemouth University (2011), 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.

In addition to his work at Loughborough University, Dr Wheeler works for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, where he employed as a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine since 2009, having joined the department originally in 2000 as a GPwSI. 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 studies 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 1000 patients to his NHS research studies over the last 7 years and continues to remain very research active. 

  • 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.

 

(from 2016 - Sept 2018)

  • Wheeler P. 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. 2018;(in press - accepted for publication 30/07/2018).
  • 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(in press - accepted 21st May 2018).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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].
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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. 
  • 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).  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Haseler C, Cambray C, Wheeler P. Osteoarthritis and corticosteroid injections: the four groups. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2016;38(1):3-9.