Dr. Mark Dayson

Dr Mark Dayson BSc (Hons), PG Dip, Sport.D AFHEA, MSCP, ASPSEM

Associate Professor in Physiotherapy

Dr. Mark Dayson is Associate Professor in Physiotherapy and joined the School of Health Sciences in 2022. Mark has 15 years experience as a musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist and alongside his university role works clinically as sports medicine lead for Canterbury Academy Institute of Sport and Head of Performance and Support for GB Maxi Basketball.

Mark joined University of Greenwich from Canterbury Christ Church University where he held positions of placement lead, lecturer and Course Director for the undergraduate physiotherapy programme.

Mark completed his BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy (University of East London) before moving into practice, predominantly within the sport sector. Mark completed his PG Dip in Biomechanical Screening & Coaching (London Metropolitan University) before working through MSc modules in Football Medicine and Dance Medicine (Queen Mary University, London). More recently Mark has completed his Professional Doctorate in Sport (University of Kent) with the title ‘The relationship baseline and physical performance screening tests, and game performance outcomes in elite youth basketball’.

Research / Scholarly interests

In 2021 Mark completed his doctorate which considered the relationship between functional screening tests and performance in elite youth sport (basketball). A key driver in this interest is ensuring practitioners can justify the use of time and resources to undertake screening tests and that they relate to outcomes. Refinement in this field develops improved relationships with coaches who are more able to link SSEM time and sport performance.

Further research interests are wider musculoskeletal testing application and considering group, team and leadership dynamics learnt in elite sport and how they may transfer to undergraduate physiotherapy programmes.

The wider impact of this field is directly related to Mark’s clinical work in both developmental and elite sport and in undergraduate physiotherapy teaching.

Recent publications

Dayson, Mark (2021). The relationship between baseline and physical performance screening tests, and game performance outcomes in elite youth basketball. Exercise and Health Science (SportD) thesis, University of Kent. https://kar.kent.ac.uk/89719/

Madigan, D. J., Stoeber, J., Forsdyke, D., Dayson, M., & Passfield, L. (2018). Perfectionism predicts injury in junior athletes: Preliminary evidence from a prospective study. Journal of sports sciences, 36(5), 545-550.


Sazant, Jesse., Dayson, Mark,. (2018). A view of Sports Medicine provision from the Elite Academy Basketball League. In: 5th Annual Basketball Sports Medicine Conference, 18th May 2018, University of Nottingham. NB Item availability restricted