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Who We Are:

DA Human Mechanics (DAHM) is a Carlisle based Sports Injury clinic with an associated Academy delivering Sports Massage and Strength and Conditioning courses to various levels.

DAHM strive to develop the person, not just the injury or complaint. Education is key to success.

The aim is to reduce pain, by minimising muscle, joint and nerve pressure, restore function and develop athletic ability so you can continue to do the things you love to do.

DAHM provide a hands-on approach with appropriate use of manual therapy and corrective exercises, as well as offering an athletic performance-based programme to those who require it.

Meet Our Team of
expert coaches

Meet the team members of DA Human Mechanics. Dan is the owner and day to day Sports Therapist. Paddy has recently come on board to share his wealth of knowledge to our new Running guide.

Clinical Team

Dan Anderton - Owner & Sport Scientist


DAHM Sports Scientist / Sports Therapist

Dan, Director of DA Human Mechanics came from a Sports Science background with experience working in professional football, then found his way into Sports Therapy with a Masters of Science degree. He has a wealth of experience working in elite level sports including football, rugby league and travelling the world working in motorsport. Day to day Dan spends his time working in a busy clinic in Carlisle, Cumbria with patients of varying backgrounds from tradesmen, to the office and factory workers all the way to professional sportsmen and women including Olympians, all with different complaints and needs.

If you want to be treated like a professional athlete then DA Human Mechanics is the place for you to go to. Honest, non-judgemental and practical advice!

Neil Dalton - Physiotherapist

Neil 'Dolly' Dalton

DAHM Physiotherapist

Neil “Dolly” Dalton has joined the DAHM team as a resident Physiotherapist.

Dolly is a Chartered and State Physiotherapist with 29 years working in professional football, 23 of them years as head physio at Carlisle United FC, along with short stints with Aberdeen and Celtic FC First Teams, totally over 1250 games as physio in professional football.

Dolly is a great acquisition to DA Human Mechanics with his laid back and friendly approach with a wealth of knowledge and experience in physio, strength and conditioning, acupuncture and electrotherapy

Becca Goad - Physiotherapist

Becca Goad

 Physiotherapist/ Massage Therapist

Hi, I’m Becca 👋🏼

I have recently graduated with a first-class honors degree as a physiotherapist. Whilst I am currently a rotational physiotherapist in the NHS gaining experience in all fields, I am keen to specialise in musculoskeletal in the future. With a sporty background in gymnastics and dancing, I love keeping active and have a goal to complete all of the Wainwrights! I am really excited to become a part of Dan’s team in the near future as a physiotherapist/massage therapist making your needs and goals a priority.

Paddy Mahler


Paddy is a Strength and Conditioning coach and lecturer. He has 8 years experience in the S&C industry working in both elite sport and with the recreational athlete.

He currently works as a lecturer in S&C at Myerscough College and head of S&C for Barrow Raiders RLFC. He has held previous S&C roles with Carlisle United FC, Barrow AFC, Cumbria Storm RLFC and Castleford Tigers RLFC.

Paddy is a UKSCA accredited coach and holds the British Weightlifting level 1 qualification. He has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Paddy specialises in sports specific programming, strength and power development, physique transformations, nutrition, rehabilitation and weight loss.

Teaching Team

Ashley Anderton

DAHM ACADEMY Director of Education

Ashley has 15 years experience of teaching and leading within the Further Education sector.

After completing her BSc in Sport & Exercise Sciences, Ashley went on to complete a Post Grad Certificate in Education and MSc Dip in Sociology of Sports Science.

With a keen interest in anatomy and physiology, as well as all things education, it will come as no surprise that Ashley is our lead Tutor on the L2 in Gym Instructing, L3 in Education & Training, L3 Assessors, and L4 IQA. However, her main role is ensuring an excellent level of service to all DAHM Academy learners. She will be your main point of contact from enrolment 📝 to certification 👩🏻‍🎓

Sabrina Shaw

Sabrina Shaw

Teaching Staff

Sabrina Shaw has worked in sport, fitness and education for 15 years. Including being an IQA for the past 8 years, supporting education providers across Cumbria and Lancashire to meet qualification quality standards. With a genuine passion for sport, health and exercise, she is a keen participant in CrossFit, and has played, and coached in football. Sabrina believes in living life to the full and takes up any opportunity to support success and memories of sport, including supporting sporting events, with her volunteering stints including the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup. Her ethos is about modelling behaviour in the sport and fitness industry to encourage it to be a part of all peoples life, or make sport/fitness a habit for life.

Joe Gurley

Teaching Staff

DAHM welcomes Joe Gurley of Gurley Performance to the teaching staff.
Joe bring an academic CV as strong as they come with interests in performance in athletic populations.
He currently holds a Masters (MSc) in Strength and Conditioning, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, finishing off his PGCE and is currently completing his Doctorate in Professional Studies in human Performance.

Scott Telford - Social Media / Media

Scott Telford

Media/Social Media

Scott is a Royal Navy veteran of 14 years, whilst in the Navy he worked as a Mine Clearance and Explosives Ordnance Disposal (or EOD) Diver, securing and disposing of various forms of explosive ordnance discovered, from Sea Mines to Hand Grenades.

This took him to many countries around the world and paved the way for his current career as a Deep Sea Commercial Saturation Diver, spending up to 28 days inside a small compression chamber working on subsea assets such as Oil and Gas rigs, wells and pipelines at depths of up to 220m below the surface.

A freelance photographer and budding videographer, Scott has joined the team to help with our Media/Social Media.

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