Jon Bell MRes, BSc*, PGCE, PCert, FHEA, MSST is a Therapeutic and Rehabilitation sciences lecturer at Leeds Beckett University’s School of Health. He is also head of Sports medicine and performance for the GB wrestling team and has previously worked at Teesside and Moulton University. He has worked with fighters in the UFC, Bellator, Cage Warrior and ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship. Outside of combat sports, Jon has worked with Olympic and Commonwealth gold medal athletes and in top-flight football and rugby in the UK and Europe. Jon was previously in the Military, where he acted as a team medic in conflict zones such as Afghanistan. This has led to a decade of working with veteran amputees, mainly through the charity British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA).
Jon’s current research and interests focus on British wrestling and combat sports. This aligns with his external work as Head of Sports Medicine and Performance for the British Wrestling Association and the medical work he provides for The Bare-Knuckle Boxing Fighting Championship (BKFC), The British Fighting Championship and other MMA and boxing promotions.
As well as his rehabilitation work for BLESMA, Jon runs Northern Grappling Company, a project set up to raise money for a Disabled Youth charity in York (Choose2youth) by running grappling events across the region of Yorkshire.
Introducing an evidence-based, injury prevention warm-up to meet the specific needs of the grappling athlete.
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