Region: Spain And Gibraltar
STA meet a member and Regional Representative for Spain and Gibraltar
Having been involved in competitive sports since an early age, I always knew I wanted to embark in a work-related career. After a placement in a physiotherapy department I realised it was not something I would enjoy; however, I came across sports therapy and straight away it ticked all the boxes. Initially I went on to do a level 5 diploma (where STA Gary was one my lecturers). From there commenced a career and further continuous development which has been ongoing since 2009. After completing my diploma, I enrolled on a BSc (Hons) at Teesside University which I completed with first class. I enjoyed every minute of it and included modules in biomechanics, sports injuries, rehabilitation...... Following my degree, I was keen on furthering my studies by doing an MSc, and one of lecturers suggested strength & conditioning, which I completed at St. Mary's University College. Initially I believed that the masters would give me further understanding on rehabilitation principles to compliment my degree; however, it provided much more. It gave me the knowledge to assess athletes and prepare conditioning plans for athletic performance. This has enhanced my skills when rehabilitating athletes back to full competitive performance. Towards the end of my first masters I came across an MSc in Sports Medicine at University College London. Straight away I knew it was something I wanted to do. The modules seem interesting and both the lecturers and external speakers provided the knowledge and demands required to work in elite sport. The placements were something I enjoyed thoroughly, working with elite athletes and professional sports organisations. During this time, I have developed a successful practice in Gibraltar, and only 5 years ago founded Activ Sports Medicine & Performance Clinic. I have also worked with numerous sports teams and associations such as football, netball basketball, athletics, motorsport and form part of the medical team of the Gibraltar Island Games team. My commitment to CPD has enabled me to meet numerous practitioners and learn new techniques. A few years ago, I decided to do a diagnostic ultrasound short course, and I realised it was the way forward for therapists. After some research I enrolled on yet another postgraduate programme in Medical Ultrasound at Bournemouth. Once again it ticked all my learning expectations and developed my knowledge and skills to practice as a competent MSK sonographer. Although sonography is not something I envisage doing as a stand-alone career, it helps me confirm my clinical diagnosis. So far, I do not think I would do anything apart from sports therapy; however, I still believe that we need to do a lot more work to get our profession the recognition it deserves. I truly believe that Gary and the STA are doing a great job in promoting our profession and will always support them in any way I can.