I am a Graduate Sports Therapist with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Gloucestershire. This qualification allows me to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a variety of different injuries from not just sporting backgrounds but aches and pains that come with everyday activities as well.
From a young age, I have always taken part and showed an interest in a variety of different sports. Although this would seem like an unusual mix my main sporting background consists of rugby and gymnastics, both of which I have participated in competitively. The combination of sports has given me a real insight into the types of injuries that can occur, and it has helped me understand the different levels of demands required for different sporting professionals.
At the age of 18, I underwent surgery to fix a problem which I suffered with in my ankle. The operation stemmed from several repetitive minor injuries which developed into something more severe over time. I was told that if I did not undergo intensive rehab therapy, and invest some serious time into it, then I would likely never play rugby again. Having taken note of my therapists advice, almost five years on, I continue to play Rugby with a fully functioning rehabbed ankle!
The treatment sessions and rehabilitation I was given enabled me to continue to play sports and return to a normal life, for which I am very grateful for. I’d like to give you a very brief insight into what sports therapy is and what it can do for you…
Sports Therapy primarily looks at the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, it uses a wide variety of techniques to correctly diagnose, treat and rehabilitate an injury or problem whether it be acute or long-standing. These treatment techniques and rehabilitation exercises aim to get an individual back to optimum levels of function, occupation and sports-specific fitness regardless of age or ability.