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Harris and Ross expands High Performance team

Posted on July 10th, 2014

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the High Performance Team. Not just with the number of athletes coming through the door but the number of staff as well.

The High Performance Team was set up to deal with the growing number of extreme sports athletes coming to Harris & Ross.

Led by Darren Roberts, High Performance Manager and Doug Jones, High Performance Clinical Director it’s getting a worldwide reputation.

Laura Robson has joined as our new physiotherapist. Darren was introduced to Laura at the British Super Bikes by the late Simon Andrews. She had been working at the races as part of the physiotherapy provision for the riders.

Her ability to work with professional athletes was an obvious fit for the High Performance Team. Since joining, she’s travelled to British Motocross Championships, primarily to support the Honda Buildbase Team, but also treating other members of the field who need attention.

“Doug and I both come primarily from a rugby background and Laura brings a different approach to working with athletes,” explained Darren Roberts.

“If you’ve ever been to a motorcross race, you’ll know that they are, unfortunately, more often than not, littered with injuries. Laura has jumped straight into these events and will often lead the team assigning jobs to anyone who stands still for too long in order to ensure that the riders are all treated in time to race in the best possible condition, where ever possible.”

Back at our base in Manchester and Wilmslow, Laura works alongside Doug Jones to deliver the clinical side of the service. This is the all-round healthcare provision that sets Harris & Ross apart. Athletes can be taken all the way from triage with our physio team, through to scans, surgical consultations and surgery, before the rehab to return to sport.

roopeThe team’s second appointment is High Performance Specialist Carl “Dicko” Dickson. With a background in occupational therapy and having worked in the fitness industry for more than a decade, his role is to help manage the team and athletes.

He will be there to make sure that the athlete’s journey through the process is as smooth as possible. He’ll also be taking charge of some gym-based training sessions.

Harris & Ross was established to provide elite, professional care to everyone. For our High Performance Team, this is as much about treating the injury as making sure that when the athlete does fall again, they’re strong enough or fit enough to jump right back up.

Each programme is tailored to ensure that it’s appropriate both for the athlete and the sport they’re competing in. If that means bringing a super bike into the clinic or arranging for sessions on a ski slope or an indoor sky diving centre, then so be it.

[Picture: Roope Tonteri with Carl]

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