Behind the mask with Sophie Tucker!
Sophie has been with us since 2017 and here you can read a little about what motivated her to become a physio and join us at Harris & Ross….
I started playing tennis aged 9, and I trained at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club, as well as at Bolton Arena. I was part of the High Performance squads at both. As a junior I was part of the Cheshire County Cup teams at both U14 and U18 age groups. At U14 level I was ranked in the top 10 in the UK for my age group and by the age of 16 I was part of the Northern Ladies Team. The team went to the National Team Tennis Finals in Bournemouth where we were competing against some of the top lady players in the UK.
However, aged 13 I suffered an injury to my left elbow. Being left handed, this took me out of the game for around 6 weeks. Despite receiving treatment from a physiotherapist recommended by a friend, only 2 weeks after returning to competitive play and training, the same elbow injury flared up again. The physio that had initially treated me this time couldn’t fit me in and instead recommended Jeff Ross – and the rest, as they say – was history!
From the first initial physiotherapy assessment with Jeff, he made me feel at ease and I continued to have treatment for my elbow and also my knees, on and off for a couple of years. I started to find physiotherapy and the bio mechanics of the body rather interesting, along with how all the anatomy and physiology linked together.
By then I had decided that playing tennis professionally was probably a no go. There followed many conversations on what I should do as a career. Discussions led to the idea of becoming a police woman. I was dead set with this idea until I had another post-op session of physiotherapy with Jeff and he suddenly got my elbow to straighten fully! Jeff explained how this had happened and I was instantly hooked! He recommended that I attended the Gunther Von Hagens’ Body Worlds Exhibition, so that I could understand how the elbow functioned anatomically and how all the muscles and ligaments attached. This increased my interest in wanting to become a physiotherapist.
From that point on, every time I walked through the doors here at Harris & Ross I was dead set that I wanted to work here. At the end of my physiotherapy degree I had to complete a 4 week placement. I sent an email to Jeff and I received a reply asking whether I would be available for a chat. It was decided at the interview that I would come and complete my placement at Harris & Ross, where I would have the opportunity to work closely with their fantastic physiotherapists, getting me ready to start in July when I graduated.
I joined the team as staff back in 2017, and I feel privileged to be part of such a successful and professional company, who always strive to provide the best care for every patient – be it athletes or the general public. From being the 13 year old girl who came in for treatment, and dreamed of one day working for Harris & Ross, I have now reached one of the main goals in my career.
Future goals include working in Motorsports – ideally formula one! I also want to complete my Acupuncture course – I was meant to do that this year but Covid got in the way!
Outside of work I enjoying training in my home gym (#CovidSafe!), and going running. I often go cycling on my mountain bike and occasionally get dragged out on my road bike by my over enthusiastic other half! He also likes bouldering / climbing, so we can often be found at the Depot in Manchester. I don’t love it like he does but I do tend to have a go at most things! I also enjoy ‘mindful’ activities such as colouring, Lego, etc.
For me, the best thing about lockdown was having time to exercise, to go outside every day. I spend loads more time with my family – my mum retired during lockdown so it was nice to spend more time with her and my Dad.
The worst thing was not seeing my boyfriend Matt – although we turned that into a positive by buying our first home during lockdown!”
Sophie Tucker graduated in July 2017 from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, a qualification she achieved in addition to her BSc (Hons) 1st Class in Sport Rehabilitation completed in 2013.
After graduating in 2013, Sophie started work at Altrincham Kersal RFC as 1st Team Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and also, spent a year working part time for Bolton Wanderers FC with their International Academy.
As well as keeping up her work for Altrincham Kersal, Sophie has had the opportunity to work with the University of Manchester’s Men’s Rugby Union as 1st team Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and has also covered Stockport County FC Under 21s/ Development Squad matches.
BSc (Hons) First Class Sport Rehabilitation (July 2013)
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (July 2017) – CSP and HCPC Reg
Kinesio Tape® – KT1 and KT2 course certificate
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