Barry Maddox trained as a physiotherapist at the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, and qualified in 1966 after which he worked at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, from 1966 to 1969, where he gained valuable experience in treating a wide range of medical and surgical conditions, and was eventually asked to give talks to the Medical Students on Positive Pressure Ventilation with Bird respirators. He was then invited to join Bernard Thomas (Physiotherapist to the England Cricket Team) at the Edgbaston Health Clinic, where Mr Maddox worked from 1970 to 2000. During this time, he was the physiotherapist for:
- England, Wales, Great Britain and Southgate (European Champions) Men’s Hockey
Teams (10 years).
- England Schools Badminton Association (8 years).
- Alta Disabled Swimming Team (20 years).
- The Birmingham Royal Ballet (7 years).
He has attended over 130 post-graduate courses and written many papers for professional journals, such as the BASM, ACPSM and for the McKenzie Institute. He wrote the chapter on ‘Rehabilitation in Sport’ in Thomas Reilly’s book, “Sports Fitness and Sports Injuries” and has also been asked to review many books on physiotherapy-related subjects, including “Donatelli’s Physical Therapy of The Shoulder” and Brownstein and Bronner’s “Functional Movement in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy” for the British Association of Sport and Medicine.
He has lectured at many physiotherapy meetings in England, Holland, the United States, India and Hong Kong on a range of subjects, including Overuse Injuries, “Growing Pains”, Injuries in Hockey, Injuries in Badminton, Injuries to the Skin, etc.
His main leisure interests are music and art; he plays saxophone and clarinet in “The Shamanaires Big Band” and Dr. John Ruddick’s Rehearsal Band, “The Martineau Big Band”, and likes to listen to many different genres of music from Classical to Jazz. He studied music at the University of Birmingham where he was awarded The Diploma of Higher Education in Jazz Studies. As a musician himself, he has an “inside knowledge” of the type of problems which musicians face in having to cope with long hours of disciplined practise. Mr. Maddox is one of the first physiotherapists in the region to have been appointed by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) as a physiotherapist with specialist knowledge to treat injuries to musicians and dancers in the West Midlands.