Steph has a Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine and has fifteen years' experience as a physiotherapist treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries. She has a wealth of experience, having worked at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre, premiership rugby, private practices and the UK National Health Service. She has also worked for county and club community rugby teams, at the London 2012 Olympics and for tennis and basketball sports events.
Steph enjoys running and grew up playing competitive tennis to a national level. "I would be training eight to ten hours a week, then playing tournaments at weekends. I know about the blood, sweat and tears it takes to compete at a sport, and the utter heartbreak when someone tells you that your injury needs 'rest'. In fact, getting injured is what led me to becoming a physiotherapist. I therefore make sure that part of any rehabilitation programme I provide includes a carefully considered training programme to maintain as much strength and fitness as possible, as well as graded rehab progressions all the way through to getting back to your sport. I finish off with advice on ongoing maintenance to reduce the risk of injury recurrence in the future. This is for the benefit of both the athlete and anyone they come into contact with... because living with an athlete who can't train is like living with a bear with a sore head!"
With regards to providing online physio treatment, Steph says: "More and more people are starting to realise that when we provide accurate diagnostic skills, and give people the right information, advice and practical help, it speeds up recovery from injury, and is far more effective long term that any hands-on treatments. If I were to treat a patient with a hands-on technique for half an hour in one day, that's twenty-three and a half hours that they are on their own managing their injury. Which will have more benefit? The half an hour treatment or the correct self-management plan? It's a no-brainer."