Paul Aston – MSc Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sport Science, HCPC, MCSP
Paul graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MSc Physiotherapy degree following completion of a BSc (Hons) Sport Science degree at the University of Brighton. He began his career in the NHS based at a London teaching hospital and specialised as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. During this time he was involved in specialist consultant-led knee, shoulder and sports injury clinics, co-ordinated sport specific upper and lower limb rehabilitation classes, and delivered specialist techniques such as hydrotherapy and acupuncture.
Since then he has worked as a senior physiotherapist at Six Physio in London, in professional football, semi-professional rugby and with international figure skaters at the European Ice Skating Championships. He provided physiotherapy for athletes as part of the London 2012 Medical Team at the Olympic Aquatic Centre and the Paralympic Polyclinic. Paul is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSM) and is currently working towards completing his accreditation.
Are there any particularly interesting experiences you’ve had through your work?
The most interesting to date was providing physiotherapy to the athletes at the London 2012 Olympic (Aquatic Centre) and Paralympic (Athletes Polyclinic) Games. The highlight was witnessing Tom Daley win his bronze individual medal in the 10m platform final.
Which aspects of physiotherapy interest you especially?
I have a particular interest in joint pathologies and injuries – primarily knee and shoulder. I am also interested in lower limb biomechanics, strength and conditioning, manual therapy and dry needling (acupuncture).
What are your sporting interests?
In my youth I was a National level swimmer and member of the GB Surf Lifesaving squad. I returned to swimming this month with Team Bodyworks XTC. I also enjoy surfing, mountain biking and snowboarding.
What do you like doing when you’re not working?
Our children keep us pretty busy. In my remaining spare time, in addition to sport, I enjoy travelling and photography.