From an early age it was obvious that Chris had a passion for all things sports, exercise and fitness related. After suffering a serious ankle injury playing football in his teenage years and becoming frustrated with the level of care available, Chris became more and more curious about what could be done to return to his previous level of fitness. This ultimately led to Chris going on to study Sports Therapy at The University of Central Lancashire in 2007, a degree that allowed him to combine academic studies with his own personal interests.
Whilst studying Chris completed valuable hands on placements as a massage therapist for Preston FC and pitch side first aider for their academy teams, as well as working in the university sports injury clinic.
After graduating in 2010 Chris went on to work as a sports therapist at Fisher FC and later, Tooting & Mitcham FC. Chris also spent three years working as a rehabilitation case manager, for an independent healthcare company, specialising in lower back and neck care. In addition to this Chris has also worked as a self employed sports therapist for a number of years, working on a one to one basis with clients, helping them to recover from injury and reach their fitness or training goals. This is an area of the profession that Chris particularly enjoys and led to him opening CK Sports Therapy, a mobile sports therapy and personal training service.
Chris uses his strong communication skills along with his broad knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and sports science to help his clients achieve the outcomes they are looking for.
What is sports therapy?
The Society of Sports Therapy define sports therapy as
"an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work."
They go on to say that "a Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.
provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport & exercise context
plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes"