Holly Mills

Holly's Profile

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Academic qualifications

MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Vocational Subjects

Professional recognition / membership



0121 604 1000


I originally trained as a professional dancer at two of the country's top institutions for the performing arts. After working in the industry for three years, first-hand experience of injury in an elite athletic environment prompted my return to education to study for my bachelor's degree in Sports Therapy. I commenced my teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant while studying for my Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and continuing my industrial experience with employment at The Cloisters Sports Injury Clinic, Adage Dance Studios and BodyPower Expo 2014.

In September 2014, I joined the Sports Therapy lecturing team at University College Birmingham and began managing the second year programme from 2017. In 2019, I completed my MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at University College London, during which I was involved in a research study at the Birmingham Royal Ballet company and Elmhurst Ballet school for pre-professional youth dancers.


Pathology of Sports Injuries (Module Leader), Professional Clinical Practice (Module Leader), Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Peripheral and Spinal Assessment, Introduction to Sports Injury Management, Athletic Movement Analysis, Research for Sports Therapists

Research Interests and Scholarly activity

'The effect of a modified inter-exercise massage on the recovery of professional dancers' (Awarded 'Most Innovative Study' at Moulton Sports Conference 2013, abstract published in the Journal of Sports Therapy)

"Is hypermobility still considered ‘Talent-ID’ within youth and professional ballet dancers? A cross-sectional study" Submitted to the Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences, University College London, Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

Completed the MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health degree at University College London in 2019

Other activities

Completed MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health, UCL

Completed 37 clinical observations as part fulfilment of the MSc. Included:

Observation of Total Knee Replacement Surgery at UCH (10.07.19)

Observation of Arthroscopic Investigatory Surgery for GJH OA and supraspinatus tendon rupture (31.07.19)

Observation of X-Ray guided corticosteroid injection of degenerative AC joint (31.07.19)

Observation of surgical removal of internal fixation apparatus for a previously fractured clavicle (acromial end) (31.07.19)

Shadowing of a lower limb physiotherapy rehab clinic for UCH pre or post-operative referrals (20.08.19)

Department of Sport and Nutrition

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