UC SAN DIEGO
In 2018 I completed a stint at UCSD in San Diego, USA reviewing their Sports Medicine programme. Part of this was education via workshops, one on one therapist training as well as system and protocol review and implementation. It was hugely rewarding to see the opportunities that were available from an improvement perspective particularly within the integration of the physiotherapy and S and C trailing programmes and the benefit this will provide to their athletes progression as well as minimisation of injury risk as this continues to evolve.
CHINESE WOMEN'S SEVENS
In 2019 I began a role with the Chinese Women's Sevens programme. This role is focused on building a High Performance Sports Medicine and Sports Science programme including identifying an appropriately skilled physiotherapist to lead this programme on the ground. This consulting role has involved the following:
Team physiotherapist identified and employed
Review of all current sports medicine systems
Implementation of up to date research based rehabilitation protocols post significant sevens injuries ie ACL, shoulder reconstruction, concussion.
Education of athletes and greater management team regarding Sports Science particularly focused on the female athlete
Strategy targeting minimisation of injury risk designed and implemented
Load management education and review
Video analysis and technique focus in rehab and gym programming primarily with athletes and sports science staff
Regular weekly contact/mentoring with team physiotherapists and S and C as required
With over 10 years experience in International and High Performance Sport I enjoy the opportunities available world wide in working with other Sports Physiotherapy and sports science team.
Due to its size and innovative nature I strongly believe NZ’s Sports Medicine has many practitioners who are at the top of their field world wide and the ability to take this knowledge and the practical application of it to other countries and utilise it to build effective, efficient and leading edge programmes is a challenge I love.