[prev] …qualified in sports medicine and is available for assessment and diagnosis and anything that may require referral, but also he can do injection therapies if required, treatment of injuries and so on.’ Then there’s physiotherapy of course – that’s Peter – offering a variety of manual techniques: sports massage, spinal manipulation and so on.
‘I can treat neck pain, back pain, I’ve done a lot of whiplash treatment in the past, and obviously lots of sports injuries – especially those relating to football. I also offer electrotherapy treatment.’ Then there’s a podiatrist who can do gait analysis and deal with any issues relating directly to the feet, and a dietitian, who can advise, for example, on nutrition when preparing for a marathon or half-marathon. ‘There are other things we’re looking at developing, too,’ adds Pete, ‘such as psychology and hypnotherapy’.
‘Try not to get ahead of yourself. Stick to a good diet. If you start getting any issues, get it checked’
Basically, it’s all in one place, and seamlessly integrated. ‘The professional athlete has all these things on tap, but until now the general public hasn’t really had that.’ But there are times when they need it – such as when you decide, perhaps for the first time in your life, to take on a half-marathon. Even for someone more used to those exertions, a classic error after a period of inaction and frustration is hitting the training too hard, which can easily result in injury. ‘It can be quite a shock to the body,’ says Pete. ‘So, for injury prevention you need to follow the correct procedures. If you’re following a programme, stick to it. Try not to get ahead of yourself. Stick to a good diet. If you start getting any issues – not necessarily injuries, but issues: tightness in the calves or hamstrings, for example – get it checked. Have regular sports massage. Make sure you do correct warm-up, and correct warm-down. Adopt a professional outlook.’
‘You’ve got one body, so look after it!’
Having seen it, I have no doubt that the new centre at Vivacity Premier Fitness is going to help me achieve exactly that. Hey, I’m worth it. ‘That’s what we’re aiming to do – to provide the care that the professionals have, but to make that available to amateurs, and at a reasonable price. We service our cars, but do we service our bodies? Same principle. You’ve got one body, so look after it!’
Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre
Vivacity Premier Fitness, Hadfield Road, Hampton, Peterborough,
Main switchboard: 01733 864744
Physio & Sports Injury Centre direct line: 01733 890685
10% off all treatments with a Vivacity Premier Fitness membership
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Staying in the running: sports physio at Vivacity Premier Fitness gym, Hampton 1 2