Sheila Leddington Wright

Principal Lecturer in Sports Therapy

School of Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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I was educated at the Royal London Hospital and subsequently worked as a Physiotherapist later specialising in sports therapy. I have worked with international, national and local sports persons from a variety of disciplines. Subsequently I became as a clinical tutor for the physiotherapy degree.  In 2004 I initiated and developed a Therapy Clinic for Coventry University in their sports centre working with sports scholarship students, staff and general public. My clinical experiences range from working in practice to placements at the Olympic and Paralympic games, National schools games, International children’s games, World and British Transplant games to the London marathon besides local sporting teams. 

I started lecturing for the newly developed Sports Therapy course in 2009 becoming a principal lecturer in 2016 where my responsibilities are for effective day to day management and long term planning in relation to delivery of the sports therapy course, organisational responsibilities including planning course content, development of delivery, assessment and student performance review. I am the first year tutor for sports science and sports therapy and academic misconduct officer. I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Authority and have recently been awarded honorary membership of the society of Sports therapy. 

I have been associated with Transplant sport since 2006 working as a physiotherapist at the annual British Transplant games. I have also worked at the last 3 World Transplant games taking 6 students to Argentina.


  • BSc(Hons) in Social Science, Coventry University, 1994
  • MSc Physiotherapy, Coventry University, 2007
  • Post graduate certificate in Higher Education, 2012


Currently leading

  • Project to develop animated characters in virtual reality to enhance teaching for students
  • Research into the effect of massage on cervical spine in older adults

Supporting research

  • Exercise in older adults to validate a new exercise test
  • Observe the effect of exercise on balance in older adults

Previous research

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Functional Movement screen in children and older adults
  • The effect of caffeine ingestion on performance
  • Problem based Learning
  • Functional fitness in older adults
  • Dynamic balance in children
  • Y-balance in older adults/sporting populations both upper and lower body


  • First year tutor for sports science and sports therapy 
  • Academic misconduct officer
  • First Aider for the building
  • Mental health first aider
  • Clinic Manager

Academic Interests

  • Transplant Sport
  • Physical activity in older adults
  • Pedagogy
  • Soft tissue mobilisations
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021