I have been coaching climbing for over 25 years and retrained as a physiotherapist in 2005, graduating in 2009. I spent 2 years in hospitals including working at Nottingham City hand outpatient clinic and Derby Pulvertaft hand unit before joining a Sheffield physio clinic in 2011. Throughout that time I worked alongside sports clubs, notably Sheffield United Football Academy and Sheffield Hockey Club as well as setting up the UK’s first climbing Academy in Sheffield.
I am the UK’s only practicing physiotherapist who is also a qualified mountaineering instructor (and I am also a Development Coach) with 25 years of ongoing climbing coaching up to elite level and in the mountains.
I specialise in elite youth, performance and injury screening and advise regional and national climbers and squads on how to get the best from their athletes. I also act as a special advisor to the climbing training and educational bodies (MTUK & NICAS) on training and coaching protocols as well as delivering training and courses (and technical advice on climbing and physiotherapy) across the country.
I am an active member of the International Rock Climbing Research Association. I work with athletes from all sports and levels to treat and rehabilitate injury and improve performance. I specialise in hands and the upper limb and have years of experience in movement coaching and sports and I work closely with many athletes to maximise their performance and reduce rehab times.
I treat with a variety of techniques: ‘traditional physiotherapy’ tends to include massage, movement function training, joint mobilisations as well as exercise prescription. I have also trained in osteopathy and chiropractic techniques and use these where necessary.
I also use acupuncture in my practice which is especially useful for chronic pain conditions.
As an acupuncturist I am trained and qualified in Western Medical Acupuncture and am accredited by the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) – one of the UK’s professional bodies regulating acupuncture practitioners. I am insured by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists to perform acupuncture.
Personally, I climb at the wall, on the cliffs or in the mountains; fairly frequently. I’ve just taken up road biking so tend to cover 30-50 miles once or twice a week. And I also go running with Ben, my Labrador.