Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson


In his early career, Dave served in the British Army with the Royal Engineers for seven years. After leaving he travelled the world extensively and on his return due to his interest in sport and the outdoors he studied Sports Science at Bangor University in North Wales. He attained a BSc Honours Degree in 1999. During the course and because of some of his own sporting injuries, he developed an interest in rehabilitation and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003.

His first post was working for the Health and Social Services on the beautiful island of Jersey where he then went on to work in the public sector as a Personal Trainer and Physiotherapist at the main fitness center in St Helier. He returned to North Wales and worked in the NHS for the next 4 years. In 2009 Dave relocated to Edinburgh, where he has been based ever since working as a Physiotherapist for the military, treating injured Royal Marines returning from war-torn countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2012, Dave married his lovely South African wife and they spent their honeymoon travelling around South America in a campervan for 6 months. As soon as they returned, Dave volunteered at the 2012 London Olympics where he worked with track and field athletes from countries that could not afford to bring their own medical team. He found this work extremely rewarding.

From 2013 until 2015, Dave worked at Edinburgh Rugby based at Murrayfield Stadium as lead Physiotherapist to the Academy Team. His role also included providing injury prevention strategies and working alongside the Strength and Conditioning and Rugby Coaches to provide optimal treatment for both the Academy and Pro team players.

In 2015, Dave moved back to work as a Physiotherapist in the Military. He still has close links with the Scottish Rugby Union and often covers male and female regional games ant weekends.

Dave like to treat the body as a whole and employs a range of physiotherapeutic techniques including postural re-alignment, soft tissue massage, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, kinesio taping and strapping, trigger point release, acupuncture, injury prevention and exercise prescription.

In his spare time, Dave spends time with his wife and two young daughters. He also enjoys films and music, practicing yoga and being in the outdoors where you might find him mountain biking, rock climbing or skiing.