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Nic going from Strength to Strength with support from The Royal Marines Charity


As a former Royal Marine and PTI, Nick Costiff MCSP understands the demands placed on Royal Marines throughout their time at a Commando Unit.

Following his Medical Discharge from the Corps, Nic now works as the physiotherapist at 42 Commando, where he is able to use his skills and past experiences to help injured Royal Marines return back to the fast pace of unit life.

Throughout his tenure at 42 Commando, The Royal Marines Charity have been able to assist Nic with his postgraduate study, in which he has now successfully completed the diploma in sports injury management, based at Salford University.



The course was led by the lead physiotherapist at the English Institute of Sport, giving Nic a very valuable and current knowledge in the field of sports injury management.

“This has a huge relevance to my work and had a direct and immediate impact on my patients at 42 Cdo RM where I am able to apply new skills currently used at top level sport.”

Nic recently submitted a piece of his work to the defence medical deanery, after he was invited to present at the defence medical conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

After being very well received by the medical hierarchy, Nic now plans to carry this forward into a final year of study to complete a dissertation, with the aim of achieving a masters in science degree (MSc). This will include a larger scale study where Nic will be able to assess the effects of fatigue induced by Royal Marines training activities.


“This has already had an impact upon the way we plan physical training at 42 Cdo RM and will help to provide evidence of effective training methods and exercises with the end result being a more robust Commando unit with less injury.”

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