Thrive’s newest Member of the team.
At the age of 16, I sustained a severe knee injury which kept me out of football for 2 years.
Football has always been a big factor in my life from a very young age and I was fortunate enough to play at a high level from the age of 10 through to 16. Not only did this knee injury occur once, but it also happened 3 times.
Four operations later, I figured I found an interest in injuries that I never knew I had. I wanted to know why they happen, what causes them to happen, how can we stop them from occurring.
This is why I chose to study Sports Therapy at Edge Hill University.
Since graduating, Sports Therapy has become a passion of mine. Helping clients and players on a daily basis to become pain-free and return them to their pre-injury state is very rewarding.
I always wanted to give back to what I received and help people in the same way I was helped. Not only can I apply my knowledge and understanding from studying at a degree level, but I also have the personal experiences which allow me to understand what clients and players are going through and the challenges they are facing because I can relate to them.
I am currently undergoing a Masters in Research, investigating the measurement of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury risk screening in female soccer players.
The ACL is an important ligament in holding the knee together during movement.
Despite the level of research that has been conducted over previous years, ACL injuries still remain problematic for both females and males who participate in multidirectional sports.
The results of this research allow us to use tailored prevention programs to stop injuries from occurring in football players.
I have a strong passion for research to prevent athletes from going through what I went through because it was career-changing.
As professionals, our job role is to not only treat and rehabilitate injuries but to prevent injuries from happening in the first place but also stop reoccurrence.
Functional objective screening protocols can therefore be used to highlight high-risk individuals to establish how we can tailor prevention programs to correct lower limb movements to reduce injury prevalence.
Injuries are challenging in more ways than one, but anyone can get through an injury with the right care and support around them.
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