Thank you for your original consultation last year regarding my knee, when you suspected I had a torn ACL. This was confirmed with an MRI last year and I am currently laid up at home having had my ACL reconstructed and meniscus repaired in surgery last week.
If it had not been for your advice then I would still be struggling on with a torn ACL and generally restricted knee. This would surely have given me a lot of trouble later on in life and stopped me being active, which I value very highly.
So, again, massive thanks and keep up the good work.
I started life as a Sports Therapist with Queens Park Rangers FC in 2001 after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Therapy. My interest in injury and rehabilitation grew and in 2006 I achieved a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.
Since graduation I completed various rotations in the NHS including outpatients, trauma and rheumatology gaining broad rehabilitation experience. Whilst working full time, I continued to develop my sporting skills with Southampton FC, assessing and treating the elite academy players, enabling me to witness first-hand the pressures and types of injury sustained by young sporting professionals.
The desire to increase my knowledge in sports injuries led me to Cardiff University to gain a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at distinction level. My thesis was on functional ankle instability in athletes, a specialist interest of mine. Having had my undergraduate dissertation on ‘Piriformis Syndrome’ published, am hoping this thesis follows suit.
My most recent achievements include, working with the England Touch Rugby and G.B. Ultimate Frisbee teams. In August 2012 I travelled with the G.B. squad as part of the medical team to cover the Junior World Cup in Ireland whilst in September 2012, I travelled with the England Touch Rugby team to Italy for the European Championships.
In my spare time I continue to play hockey and rugby. I recently completed a tandem bike ride from Bristol to Spain. This spirited adventure was thoroughly enjoyable, however I can safely say I won’t be getting back on a tandem bike again. In 2013 I put aside my physiotherapist kit bag and was selected to play for the England Touch team in Dublin for the Home Nations Tournament where we won gold. I also relax by playing guitar and mandolin with my house band at weddings and various other functions.