Hear from our latest recruit – ‘Behind the mask’ with Rob Cartledge.
He tells us his journey to become our most popular Sports Therapist at our Wilmslow clinic.
“I am what you call a ‘Sports Rehabber’; not a fully qualified Physio, but I can help ease and solve a lot of issues. A Masters in Physiotherapy is next on my list of ‘things to do’, but in the meantime, I have been trained in diagnosis, putting together training plans and rehabilitation schedule.
I’ve massively enjoyed ‘alternative’ sports my whole life. Ice hockey, street hockey, skateboarding, trampolining, gymnastics, surfing, wake boarding, snowboarding. The list goes on. I have a go at anything!
I was 18 when I tried Snowboarding, and loved it instantly! After just two weeks on the snow as a total beginner, I booked a 3 month course in Whistler, Canada, to become an instructor! I went on to have a 10 year career coaching and competing in the world of snowboarding. I naturally found myself frequently visiting clinics for numerous injuries. I was given various treatment and exercise programs to help repair me.
But my path into Sports Rehabilitation came following a rotator cuff shoulder injury, which sparked my initial interest in the field. I pursued this interest; completing a 3 year degree in Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Salford. This was centred around an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system – namely the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles in our bodies.
At the same time I also worked as massage support at Redbull Events, and got valuable experience working within the rehab team at Wigan Warriors Rugby club and Stockport County FC, providing strength and conditioning support, Injury diagnoses, rehabilitation and pre-season testing.
When I’m not in the clinic, you’ll most likely find me out rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding or wakeboarding. I try to wind down with yoga, fishing, travelling or camping. I made the most out of lockdown by spending most of my time outdoors, but the most frustrating bit of lockdown was losing a whole summer of event work that was lined up – hard for everyone who is involved in event work.”