Aaron Perales

aaron-perales

Region: Gibraltar

Keen and interested in sports, Aaron embarked on a career change by completing a Sports Therapy Diploma in 2009. Following that, he became fascinated and has since then has continuously engaged in furthering his education. 

He graduated with first class honours in sports therapy from Teesside University, then completed postgraduate MSc's in Strength and Conditioning from St. Mary's University College, and Sports Medicine, exercise and Health from University College London. 

Aaron also certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, certified personal trainer, Kinesio Taping practitioner, as well as completing courses in manipulative therapy, dry needling and ultrasound imaging. 

Since graduating Aaron has been involved working with various sports, from elite to the recreational athlete. He is currently head of sports science and medicine at Gibraltar Scorpions FC, a team which is excelling in all categories with just under two years of existence. Previously he has worked with the Gibraltar Football Team both with their senior squads and youth teams, and regularly works with triathletes, track and field athletes, hockey, and netball. 

Work opportunities for sports therapists in Gibraltar have grown over the years, especially since Gibraltar was accepted into UEFA, with more teams requiring professional medical personnel. Gibraltar athletes regularly compete at International events, from European to World Championships, to Commonwealth Games, therefore the possibilities to travel with teams are always there. There are also a number of private sports injury clinics, which employ the bulk of therapists practising in Gibraltar.

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