|Nationality :||Great Britain (UK)|
|Date Joined||01 Jun 1991|
|Years at Club||19|
Rob Swire has been part of United’s backroom staff since 1991, making the step up to Head Physiotherapist in 1999.
Rob qualified in physiotherapy from the Salford School of Physiotherapy in 1985, then went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Sports Injury, Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction and Manual Therapy and earn an MSc in Sports and Exercise Science.
Having worked in a private sports injury clinic and also with Halifax Town football club, Rob took up the post of assistant Physio to Dave Fevre in 1991. When Fevre made the switch to Blackburn Rovers eight years later,Swire was the obvious
candidate to replace him.
Rob says the hardest aspect of his job is “telling a player when they’ve picked up a serious injury,” while the most enjoyable is “the satisfaction in seeing that player eventually back playing again because it can be a long recovery.”
On a match day Rob deals with helping players prepare for matches through treatment of minor injuries and the application of a strappings. During the match he is on hand to help any player that suffers an injury, although if there is stitching of wounds to be done then he leaves it to the club doctor. Swire is based at the club’s Carrington training centre, where he and the rest of the club’s medical team are charged with monitoring and treating the fit and injured players.
“We try and make sure we have the best equipment and facilities available,” he says. “My role involves keeping up to date with advances in treatment and rehabilitation which requires detailed reading, searching the internet and talking to people with various expertise.”
Rob’s typical day entails arriving at Carrington around 7am to begin a series of meetings with the rest of the medical and coaching staff, in
preparation for the day’s training. He then deals with the players in the dressing room if there are any knocks to look at, both before and after training.
While the squad are being put through their paces, Swire and his staff deal with the players who are too injured to take part. After lunch, more meetings ensure that all the medical and coaching staff know exactly where every player is up to.