John Gripper explains how sport has been a passion of his since he was small….
“I grew up wanting to play sport all the time. It was lots of rugby, football and cricket that I played as a nipper. I experienced a few injuries in my teens, including a knee sprain in a rugby sevens tournament at Newquay Tretherras, (we lost in the final to Penair).
The difficulties I was having with knee pain (and confidence a few weeks down the track) lead me to see a physio called Louis Gifford. Louis was an amazing bloke and physio. A wonderful Cornishman and fantastic physio – he got me going again. A bit of education, a bit of treatment, some exercises and guidance over 3 sessions and I was back into training and kicking balls around. It was chatting to Louis that initially sparked my interest in physio – they did more than just run on with the magic sponge in football!
I realised I was never going to be good enough to play sport for a living, (like you dream of as a kid), and I wasn’t going to be a rock star, (the other appealing option). I liked meeting people and I was interested in human movement, anatomy and physiology. Physio seemed like a good option to be able to work within sport to some extent as well.
I studied at Northumbria University, and got my BSc in Physiotherapy. I have done my foundation course in Acupuncture as well as going on all sorts of different courses to update and develop my skills and knowledge since qualifying.
I enjoy food in a big way. My missus and I are always on the lookout for new places to go try in or around Manchester. I love the beach, hiking, surfing, travelling, spending time with friends and family – the usual stuff.
Best thing about lockdown? The sunshine. Worst thing about lockdown? Time off but not being able to go see friends and family or get away anywhere.”
Since then he has worked part-time at Manchester City Academy, as well as in the NHS, and privately in the North-West of England and London.
John takes a holistic approach in the assessment and care of his patients and is particularly interested in functional biomechanics. Gleaning from past work and personal experience with rugby injuries, he has a keen interest in shoulder related conditions / injuries, as well as other trauma rehabilitation and sports injuries.
John has undertaken Connect Therapy Part 4, which is a holistic approach for addressing pain and disability.