Mattishall Sports Injury Clinic
Mattishall sports injury clinic is now located just outside Mattishall, in the hamlet of Welborne. We moved to the new location in January 2017.
The clinic contains two treatment rooms, a waiting area and dedicated bathroom facilities. There is also plenty of private, off-road parking.
Appointments are available most days of the week, from early morning through to around 8pm.
The Sports Rehabilitation profession was established in the late 90’s, with the first graduates qualifying from St Mary’s in 1997. The profession has grown steadily, with many other universities in the UK and Ireland now offering BASRaT accredited courses.
What is a Sports Rehabilitator? Well, the official answer is:
a graduate level autonomous healthcare practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness
Put more simply , a sports rehabilitator treats musculoskeletal (muscle, tendon, ligament and joint) pain and injuries, with the aim of getting the individual back to their pre-injury state as quickly as possible and ideally, even fitter and stronger than before!
The Sports Rehabilitation course was first designed to bridge the gap between the physiotherapy profession and fitness instructors and so a sports rehabilitator also has fitness and exercise knowledge. The profession of sports rehabilitation is similar to sports therapy, although it is better regulated as all rehabbers are degree educated. A sports therapist may not have such a high level of education. Sports Rehabilitators and BASRaT have now also been recognised as a healthcare profession by the Professional Standards Authority. This is a great step forwards in the development of our profession.
Heidi Dawson BSc (Hons) GSR is a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator. She completed a three year degree at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, graduating in 2005 with an upper second class honours degree. She started working at Carrefour Health Club in Norwich in the summer of ’05, initially in a full-time fitness consultant position, and then in a part-time freelance role, running the sports injury clinic. Heidi now works exclusively from Mattishall Sports Injury Clinic.
Heidi is a full member of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitator’s and Trainers (BASRaT), which provides insurance up to £5 million (in line with that of the CSP for physiotherapy).
Since graduating, Heidi has completed additional courses in:
- Orthotic prescription
- Kinesio taping
- Advanced Sports Massage Techniques
- Cervical Spine Masterclass
- Functional Running Assessment and Gait Re-Training
- Medical Acupuncture
Heidi is also a keen sportswoman herself. She has played hockey for many years and has completed both the Great South Run (10 miles) and the ‘Run to the beat’ half marathon. This experience has led to a keen interest in running specific injuries and injury prevention. Exercise currently mainly involves gym training and running – when the weather is favourable!
Emma Evans qualified with a BTEC Level 5 diploma in Clinical Sports Injuries, Remedial Massage & Soft Tissue Therapy in 2016. Emma is also a pilates instructor with 10 years experience. Alongside the sports massage and pilates, Emma also has a number of other qualifications:
- Active IQ Level 3 Exercise Referral Special Populations & Conditions (Pre & Post Natal team specialist)
- Active IQ Level 3 Nutritional Advisor
- OCR Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology
- OCR Exercise to Music
- Speedo Aqua Aerobics certification.
Emma is available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays for sports massage and one-to-one Pilates sessions.
Hollie Mae has an ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage Qualification which she gained at the Jackie Hamilton School of Therapies in Norwich: http://www.jackiehamilton.co.uk/courses-norwich/learn-sports-massage
Whilst she was there she also completed a course in Kinesio Taping. Hollie is fully insured with Graybrook.