I have come across many impressive and inspirational people in my time in medical technology education and sales. I have always had the goal to run an interview series with these people, to find out more about them personally and what led them to the career they ended up in. I am genuinely looking forward to each of these! I hope you find it interesting too.
Life Stories... With Alan Scott
Alan qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy. He initially worked for the NHS in both Glasgow and Northamptonshire until deciding to pursue work in the private sector and specifically in the sports medicine field. Over 5 year period he worked as a physiotherapist with Glasgow Rangers youth academy before joining St Mirren as the first-team physiotherapist in 2006 which gave him great exposure in dealing with adolescent injuries in sport and also within the pressurised environment of professional sport.
In 2008 Alan had the opportunity to work in Hampden Sports Clinic and initially joined as a member of the physio team before progressing on to his current role as Head of Physiotherapy within the clinic in 2017. As part of his current role, Alan has worked extensively with the SportsScotland's Institute of Sport as a consulting physiotherapist which has given him exposure in a variety of sports, including hockey, swimming, curling, rugby and athletics in a top-level setting. Alan is also a current Scottish Football Association physiotherapist working with both the Men's A and under 21 teams.
As Glasgow has recently become a top-class sporting city with fantastic elite facilities there has been some major sporting events which Alan has been heavily involved in. In 2018 he was the lead physiotherapist for the Aquatics events at European championships and in 2019 had the same role in the European indoor athletics championships. In these roles, he leads a team of physiotherapists, podiatrist and sports masseurs to provide medical services in collaboration with all the competing nations and their own medical staff.
He managed to keep the team he supports under wraps...!
Life Stories... With Ashleigh Wallace
Ashleigh is lead Physiotherapist at British Equestrian and Athlete Health Consultant for English Institute of Sport. She was born in South Africa and played professional international hockey (with Helen Millson as her physio!) whilst working as a physiotherapist. Ashleigh moved to England 25 years ago and after working for Bupa, she joined the EIS and has worked in a number of sports including hockey, rowing, bobsleigh, athletics and formula one. During this time, she has attended the Beijing London, Sochi and Rio Olympic Games as a member of the Team GB Headquarter Medical support team and as a physio embedded in the sport. She has just returned from Tokyo and gave great insight in to how different the experience was to previous Games.
I could feel how passionate and emotionally involved Ashleigh is with her team as she gave four examples of memorable moments in her career.
Life Stories... With Luke Anthony
Luke is an MSK Physiotherapist with 19 years of experience working full time in professional sport. Having qualified from Kings College London in 1996 he went on to work at The Royal London Hospital before joining Watford football club going on to lead the medical department.
He obtained a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy from University College London before moving on to work as first team physiotherapist at Gloucester Rugby. Luke joined Reading FC in 2007 where he became Head of Sports Medicine. His most recent role was with Norwich City as Injury Prevention Specialist.
Luke created Go-perform in 2017 with the mission of offering elite medical support to all individuals including both professional and amateur athletes. The clinic is growing rapidly and he told me the key factor for building a successful department and business, which I certainly agree with!
Life Stories... With Dr Chris Tomlinson
Chris is currently Chief Medical Officer to British Gymnastics and Senior Sports Physician at the English Institute of Sport. He told me about his experiences at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and which moment from Rio 2016 was his most memorable in his career. He has worked 16 seasons in professional football in all leagues from the Conference to the Premier League. Alongside his work in elite sport, Chris is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry. Chris told me his vision for the NHS to offer high quality rehabilitation, so I will look forward to seeing how he gets on with this!
Life Stories... With Danny Wilson
Danny is a sports scientist, Strength & Conditioning coach and co founder at Boxing Science. He told me how he came to study sports science and why his interest in coaching came about. From working with amateur athletes, Danny saw an opportunity to offer specialist S&C to boxing athletes. His story is incredible in that he was charging £3.50 per athlete for his session and just a couple of years later was supporting Kell Brook in his super fight with Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin. Danny had formed a relationship with Dr Alan Ruddock whilst working at Sheffield Hallam University and this is where Boxing Science was formed. As well as training some of the UK's highest profile athletes, they offer an online sports science consultancy and training subscription. Circumstances around lockdown saw Danny's instagram following surge from 35,000 to over 150,000 as well as online subscriptions. This meant they could accelerate the creation of their purpose built Boxing Science centre in Barnsley. Part of Danny's popularity on social media is his straight talking attitude and he certainly demonstrated this in our chat as he gave his frank views on boxing Great Manny Pacquiao drug testing. I could have spoken with Danny for hours regarding his opinion on past and present fighters, but this will have to wait for another day!
Life Stories... With Siobhan Murphy
Siobhan is Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Project Director at the College of Medicine and Health. Siobhan's father was born in Ireland in the 1904 and so was exposed to the post potato famine Ireland as well as the war. Siobhan would often see her father in thought, but when she asked what he was thinking about, he would never fully answer. Siobhan went on to become a nurse and it was during this time that she would consider how a more compassionate angel would aid decision making and help patients. After researching she came across VTS which was co developed by Abigail Housen, Harvard Cognitive Psychologist, and Philip Yenawine, Director of Education at MOMA between the years of 1988-1991. This teaching method is initiated by facilitated discussions of art images and is documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. Siobhan really believed in this method, so introduced a course at University College Cork which all of the School of medicine now cover.
I am really interested in self development, and I think VTS could be a very useful tool for general life as well as in medicine.