August 01, 2018

If you are a newly qualified therapist, then you probably have the aspiration to become involved in a sport at the highest level. Getting there however takes time, effort and patience.

Reaching the heights of your potential is never out of reach so keep the faith, whilst always working towards your goal. Here is some advice from George Stewart.

GRIT & GRAFT

For me personally, I built my reputation by working hard and always learning.  I was lucky, my first role in football was working under a top physio who was very knowledgeable and willing to teach me. With him every day really was a school day. Jeff was brilliant with me; patient, trusting, willing to allow me to make my own mistakes and help me learn from them. I can honestly say that if it were not for him I would never have reached the position I find myself in today, I still call him boss all these years later and despite me now working for the local arch rivals!

I am always on the lookout for new courses, always adding to my knowledge and exploring new ways to treat whatever is presented to me. Acupuncture, cupping, spinal manipulations, I feel like I have done every course going. By being flexible and adding to my knowledge my reputation grew quickly and continues to grow. 

FOOTBALL MATTERS

Working with a football club is quite a unique life, it’s not quite your average workplace in many respects. The rules within a dressing room are not quite those laid down by our professional bodies but by the players and management.  Footwear to be worn in the showers - no footwear in the treatment rooms, no drinking in the treatment areas – designated tea makers at set times.

There are daily pressures from players and management, telling them that they can return to play in 6 weeks is simply not acceptable, and explaining your assessment is a daily task. It is all good fun though, the banter is constant, and I personally love it, it keeps me young that’s for sure.

Game days are by far my favourite days, I miss playing and this is the closest that I now get. The day is a long one, I like being ready and prepared before the players arrive and share a coffee with the staff before the hard graft starts. The game is a very different one for me than that of many others.

I study how those carrying injuries are moving rather than how the team is playing tactically; that’s the manager’s job. The crowds can be brilliant, you certainly hear some funny comments being shouted down from the stands, some aimed directly at me, at one ground I allegedly ate all the pies!!

Part of the pre-match routine is taping players, and SPORTTAPE is being used now more and more with each passing game. I’ve one player in the squad who routinely has both knees taped and another his calf. Had it not been for these techniques I am more than sure that neither would last 90 minutes. SPORTTAPE are sometimes as responsible for their contribution to the team, as I am.  


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