Medical Team Enhanced In Attempt To Reduce Injuries

Newcastle United have today confirmed the appointments of Cristian Fernandez Martinez and Daniel Marti to the Club’s medical team, under the overall management and leadership of Dr Paul Catterson.

Dr Catterson is the head of sports medicine and science at Newcastle United.

dr paul catterson

Dr Paul Catterson – head of sports medicine and science

Here is some information Newcastle have put out on the club web-site today on the two new arrivals,  who both have vast experience in their field of expertise.


Cristian Fernandez Martinez

Cristian Fernandez Martinez joins the Club in the role of rehabilitation fitness coach. Cristian’s role will bridge the gap between injured players’ treatment and their full return to training, working on the delivery of bespoke rehabilitation programmes for each individual player.

The Spaniard joins Newcastle United from Hull City, where he held a similar role for a number of years.

Daniel Mart

Daniel Marti, also from Spain, joins the Club as first team physiotherapist. Daniel has worked in the UK for 11 years, running his own private physiotherapy practice, and has provided expert consultancy for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

He will work alongside the Club’s existing physiotherapy team in the treatment room and gymnasium.


This is what  Dr Paul Catterson had to say:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Cristian and Daniel to the team,”

“They bring significant experience and skills to the Club which I’m confident will enhance the work of our department and, together, will help us better manage the treatment and rehabilitation of players from injury.”

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added this:

“In speaking with Lee Charnley and Paul we all agree that the injury record here is something we can improve on, with the right mix of staff and resources.”

“It is really important that we get it right this season because the Championship schedule is very tough and the style of play is very demanding also.”

“Cristian and Daniel will add to the good staff we have already here and I hope we will be able to improve the injury situation this season and into the future.”

The injuries at Newcastle over the last ten years or more have been horrific and this is another area that Rafa is looking to improve big time at the club

We are seeing this week just how much work Rafa  has got through in various different areas since he agreed to stay on at Newcastle United on May 25th – a short five weeks ago today.

It helps that Rafa is a workaholic.


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