Alison graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2000 and has subsequently gained a wealth of experience in the NHS, Ministry of Defence, County level Rugby and Private Practice.
She joined the Sportswise team in 2008 after completing her MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Queen Mary, University of London. Alison has continued to gain experience and qualifications including Silver accreditation to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Her role at Sportswise includes running Matwork Pilates sessions, as well as assessing, treating and rehabilitating patients from a wide range of backgrounds using up-to-date techniques including acupuncture.
Alongside her role at Sportswise, Alison is a guest lecturer for the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton. Her areas of particular interest remain in knee injuries and rehabilitation from initial injury to return to activity.
Q&A with Alison
Which aspects of physiotherapy interest you especially?
My main interest is in the lower limb, especially knee injuries, but for all body parts and conditions I enjoy the rehabilitation process from initial injury to return to activity. I feel that giving the patient information, exercises, and the ability to self-manage the condition, in conjunction with hands-on treatment, helps the long-term management of an injury and can prevent other injuries from occurring.
What are your sporting interests?
I am a keen gym attendee for both the gym and classes. I have always been involved in trampolining and gymnastics and have a trampolining coaching qualification.
What attracted you to Eastbourne and working at Sportswise?
My husband and I moved to Eastbourne in 2007 when he re-trained as a teacher at the University of Brighton. After completing my MSc, I relished the opportunity to work at Sportswise with its links to local, semi-professional and professional sport, and its reputation for good quality and up-to-date practice within Sports and Exercise Medicine. It also has great links with the University of Brighton, which has enabled me to lecture on the MSc Sports Injury Management course.
What do you like doing when you’re not working?
We have two boys under four who keep us very busy. I also enjoy participating and watching sport, I’m a member of a social book club, and as a family we love to explore the surrounding areas such as the woods, downs and seaside, on foot or by bike.