Paulo Barreira is a physiotherapist and currently working on Al Jazira Sports Club from Abu Dhabi, after one season (2014-2015) as a “Head of Sports Rehabilitation” for Al Ahli FC Dubai, embracing along with the other members of the Football Medicine team a new project with the biggest club of the UAE and a reference club in the Gulf region.
Having concluded his Bachelor in 2003 and Graduated in 2004 in the IPSN- Vale do Sousa Superior School of Health, Paulo initiated his career working in his graduation year as main physiotherapist for the Vitoria Sport Club volleyball team during the 2003/2004 season. The 2004/2005 season constituted his first experience in professional football, working as physiotherapist for Moreirense Football Club, First Portuguese league team.
After one season in football the following years where dedicated to obtain personal expertise in the management of sports and orthopaedic injuries through the development of a partnership for his own sports medicine and orthopaedics clinic, FisioGuimarães, in Guimarães, his home town. It was also a period to underwent several formations like the Post-Graduation in Sports Physiotherapy at the European University of Madrid- Real Madrid University Studies, and obtain an Osteopathy degree at the Madrid Osteopathy School, alongside with several other short term formations. Through this period he also accumulated a role as a lecturer at IPSN- Vale do Ave Superior School of Health for three years.
In 2009 Paulo become the first Portuguese physiotherapist to be signed as part of the medical staff for a Premier league top club, and one of the world´s football giants, Liverpool Football Club. This link was maintained for three years, and among several moments the conquer of the league cup in 2011/2012 and an honour second place in the league in 2013/2014 challenging the premier league title are among some of the best spells during this period.
In July 2014, motivated by the ambitioned partnership with Dr.João Pedro Araújo and Ruben Ferreira, Paulo quits his job at LFC and starts his professional link with Al- Ahli FC, as “Head of Sports Medicine”, where he moved from at the end of the season to maintain the middle east experience on the UAE, now at the service of Al Jazira Club.
He is currently also a PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University with a research project based on accelerometry load analysis and risk factors for hamstring injuries.