I have always had a passion for sport and have always been an active amateur participant.
I qualified as a Physiotherapist at St Mary’s Hospital in London in 1991 and quickly started working within the sporting environment. I worked at Harlequins RFC from 1993 and then worked in a full time role at Saracens RFC just as rugby turned professional.
On moving back to the South Coast I joined the English Institute of Sport to work full-time with the Olympic Sailing team. I spent a fantastic eight years following them around the world; from the Athens Olympics through to the Beijing Olympic Games, their most successful games ever!
More recently I worked with the Olympic Rowing team leading up to London 2012, where again they had their most successful ever games.
Working with elite athletes in such an elite environment has taught me many things. It taught me a great deal about which elements of Physiotherapy are effective. Athletes have a great skill of letting you know what they find helpful and what they do not!
It also gave me the opportunity to work alongside other professionals – all at the top of their game. Strength & Conditioning coaches, Physiologists, Doctors, Psychologists, Nutritionists all play a crucial role in an athlete’s success and need to be able to work with each other to achieve the ultimate goal.
Since setting up the Sports Injury Clinic and Rehab Gym at the Malthouse it is my ongoing aim to re-create this professional support environment but make it accessible to athletes at all levels.
I am developing a team of highly trained professionals to work with me to offer Strength & Conditioning, Physiology and medical input if required. The intention is to create a very open and relaxed environment where patients can question and learn about their injuries and how they can fix themselves.
All levels of athletes are welcome from beginners, weekend warriors to Olympic athletes. Ultimately the issues are the same, the body is the same.