I cannot speak highly enough of Kim ... she monitors my training on a weekly basis ... even though I see physiotherapists locally it is reassuring to have someone I can turn to who has an overview of my career, has been an international athlete and has my long-term interests at heart."
- Tessa Hill, Orienteer and Skyrunner
Since 2009 Kim has been working as Lead Physiotherapist with the British Orienteering Talent and Performance Squads. As athletes are based not only around the UK but also in Scandinavia it simply isn't possible to physically meet all of them other than a handful of times per year.
Thankfully remote interaction with athletes has never been easier - online training diaries are complimented by email, free video-conferencing services such as skype and the ease and simplicity of sharing documents, photos and videos.
This has enabled the physiotherapist's role to move from the occasional hands-on assessment at training camps to continuous remote monitoring of athletes. The expertise of the physiotherapist in terms of injury prevention and fast but safe rehabilitation is now available to all athletes all year round.
Due to demand from clients who have been travelling long distances to see us, we now offer Remote Physiotherapy as one of our standard services.
REMOTE PHYSIOTHERAPY - FAQ
What do you offer that a local physiotherapist doesn't?
Without knowing your local physiotherapists we of course cannot answer that.
We have a wide range of knowledge and experience of running and running training methods along with many years of management of runners at all levels, helping them to return to full training or minimise lost days due to injury or illness.
Medical intervention, including Physiotherapy, is generally focused on what occurs after injury - a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
We are offering our experience to help you avoid injury and illness. Everyone is different, with different goals, motivations and external stressors as well as different physical capabilities and limitations. Therefore the more we get to know you the more effective we can become.
What kind of clients are you looking for?
We feel this service likely to be most beneficial to people who are interested in a long term engagement. This could range from weekly continuous monitoring of training logs to irregular discussion when you feel there is a need. We can even just spend time talking to you about your problems and help you understand why you are in pain, why you keep getting injured and how you can move forward.
I've got a coach. Why do I need you?
Maybe you don't. It depends on your coach and your relationship with them. We are definitely not trying to be coaches.
Our goal is to work with you to minimise disruption to your training, and if your training is disrupted to help you get back again as quickly as possible with minimal further disruption. We generally don't devise training programs except in the case of rehabilitation from injury.
One difference between our background and experience and that of a typical coach is that we deal with injured athletes every day. Hopefully your coach doesn't! We are, of course, happy to work directly with your coach providing you give written permission.
How do you charge?
The service is charged on a pro-rate time-used basis. The fee is £60 per hour.
Note that as well as time spent "online" on the phone or video-conferencing time charged also includes "offline", reviewing information provided and documenting consultations.
Is there any commitment?
No. It is entirely pay as you go.
Do I need an initial hands-on assessment?
No. Initially we'll assess the symptoms and history via phone and email and if possible by reviewing your online training log. If we feel you need a hands-on assessment we can:
help you in the search for a local physiotherapist by reviewing websites and sometimes discussing your case directly with them before you visit
give you a written assessment of possible issues before you visit your local physiotherapist
review the advice and treatment options you have been given after you have visited a physiotherapist
I'm not a runner. Can you still help me?
We initially focused our remote physiotherapy service on runners. However we do have a experience with injury prevention, rehabilitation and pain management in a wide range of competitive sports.
We are happy to discuss with you frankly and openly whether we think we can be of benefit to you.