PSA Appoints Lead Physiotherapist & Medical Coordinator by Nathan Clarke
January 10, 2017
- The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have today appointed former
World No.7 Derek Ryan as Lead Physiotherapist & Medical Coordinator
in a move that will see the 47-year-old Irishman, and qualified
physiotherapist, take primary responsibility for all injury-related
incidents at major PSA World Tour events.
The nine-time Irish national champion moved into physical therapy after
retiring from professional squash in 2004 and founded the Dublin Sports
Clinic - a specialist therapy and fitness clinic - in 2015 after
working as physio and fitness advisor to a string of high profile
athletes, including Olympic Silver Medal winner Annalise Murphy.
Ryan will act as a point of guidance for players on injury management
and treatment procedures at major events and will be the first point of
call for any on-court injuries or medical situations. He will also be
responsible for compiling in-depth pre-event information to help
players ensure they are able to compete at their highest level during
"We are pleased to confirm that Derek will be joining the PSA team
ahead of this month's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in a move
that will enable us to enhance the service that we provide to our
players and help address the vital area of pysiotheraphy provision and
medical support at major PSA World Tour events," said PSA COO Lee
"Derek has extensive experience both of competing at the highest level
- which is key to understanding the unique stresses and demands that
squash places on the body - and of working with world class athletes
across varying sporting fields, all of which position him as the ideal
candidate for the position.
"Until this point players have largely be responsible for sourcing
their own medical treatment at major events but we feel this
appointment is an important step to allow us to better serve the
players and help enable them to compete at the highest level possible
through dedicated medical support."