Last year I started race walking, having already got a reasonable endurance background in runnning. It wasn’t long before I learned that the physical impacts are not the same, and I suffered an injury in my calf leading up to the English Schools Championships. The team at Carnegie helped me recover in time to compete, and they have since played a more significant role in my continuing development. Following that injury, through a series of physiotherapy sessions, I was given an exercise regime to help strengthen and condition me – particularly my legs and core. Since last year I have been doing the exercises at least four times a week and as a result have got stronger. Consequentially, I have been able to build on my training programme and remain injury free.
There is no substitute for hard work and good coaching, but achievement can only happen if you remain fit and capable of putting in the effort. In March this year I made my England debut, and was subsequently selected for Team GB as a member of the World Race Walking Cup team.
Overall, I enjoyed my first experience as part of Team GB – which involved trains, planes and automobiles to make the 30 hour+ journey to Saransk in Russia to compete in the IAAF World Race Walk Cup. Saransk is the centre for Race Walking in Russia, and over 30,000 turned out to watch the event… not something I had previously been used to. I learned a lot from travelling with experienced Internationals, and from the coaching team, but despite this I struggled with the conditions on the day and didn’t perform to my best.
My focus is now on improving my times, and working towards further success, and hopefully I will be fit and have the qualifying standards to make the World Cup team again in 2014.
The contribution from Ali and her team is without doubt a part of that success.
Ellie Dooley, age 16 – Junior International Race Walker
I cannot thank you enough for seeing me last week. I feel incredibly privileged to have access to the clinic, and in particular, to you, Fraser. Obviously the treatment is world class, but as well as this, you are brilliant at explaining what are surely complex anatomical matters in a way that I can easily understand. As a result, I felt completely confident in trusting your advice, and as far as I’m concerned; you saved my marathon. You are brilliant!
Victoria Thirlaway – After running the London Marathon 2012
I felt I must thank you for my treatment back in Jan/Feb.
You may remember I had a ‘mad’ desire to do the Barcelona Marathon 25/03/12 despite my right foot…
When I saw you initially I hung on to a remote thread of possibility that it may still be do-able but really in the following weeks I nearly ruled it out.
That is until I recieved my new orthotics…there have been flashes of great hope with these and my right foot is certainly much more comfortable than it was!
So I am able to say that I did manage to ‘fudge’ my way through the Barcelona Marathon last Sunday afterall!
Time irrelevant really but I ran a very cautious 3:56:23 in 28 deg temp always on the lookout for management of right foot comfort round the next corner, maybe…but it didn’t really trouble me at all!
Thank you for making me see the sense in improving the biomechanics of that right foot and trusting you sufficiently to give orthotics a go!
I may well request a second, duplicate pair in due course and am likely to request further treatment and/or a good sports massage in the next few weeks.
Anne Kirtley- Marathon runner
Today I ran the Abbey Dash in 1 hour 6 minutes and 19 seconds with no hip pain and no foot pain YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEE. I ran every step and loved every second of it. Without your hard work, skill and persistence I would never have been able to do it. The inlays have made a big difference and I didn’t feel a twinge anywhere. Mind you I might not be able to launch myself out of bed in the morning but that won’t be because of my hip or feet!!!
Cassies and Karen the podiatrist have allowed me to get up and go again. I will always shout from the roof tops about you.
Sarah Parker – Keen runner
“I started attending physio with Alison after a number of hip replacements at a relatively young age left me with chronic difficulties with my back, hips, pelvis and gait. Alison’s skill and expertise in assessment, treatment and exercise prescription transfered brilliantly from “sports” physio to management and treatment of my chronic difficulties and have made an enormous difference to my functional ability, have decreased my pain and improved my gait. Her willingness to liaise with other relevant professionals has been hugely helpful. I’ve also learned about my role in exercising and maintaining strength and mobility. There are a lot of exercises involved!, but I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to someone with chronic pelvis/back/gait difficulties, her “sports” clinic is not just for “the sporty”
A. K, Ireland, Age 43
“I’ve done a bit of thinking since last summer and what you and the Clinic have made me realise is that I need to look after my body and listen to it. I haven’t had care like I’ve received since I was in the States and I’ve hit a few more tennis balls, ran many miles and booted a few footies around in the last 11 years since I was last there.
When my shoulder and foot were both hurting last year I’d got to the point where I was thinking is sport worth it anymore as was getting sick of the aches and pains but I’m so glad I listened to my mate to call. I know in reality I’m not getting any younger (maybe mentally sometimes!) but you guys have given me back my faith in my body. I know its up to me to look after myself but at least a little stubbornness has subsided in me to realise this and do what needs to be done to ensure I keep enjoying my sport for many more years to come.”
Jo Cunliffe – County level Tennis player and previous USA professional
I travelled to see Alison from Glasgow having suffered from osteitis pubis for around a year and after hearing good reports regarding her treatment of this condition.
After trying numerous physiotherapists, ART therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors/ osteopaths, & surgeons in Scotland with no great results, I did have my doubts as to whether I would ever be able to play football pain free again and was contemplating hanging up my boots- luckily I heard about Alison, and I haven’t looked back.
The attention to detail and anatomy knowledge I experienced was unbelievable and the best I have ever received- every aspect of my body, posture, and breathing was analysed over a two day period that addressed every fundamental weakness/ issue I had.
Even though the aches, and pains that had plagued me for over a year felt better after these initial two days it was after a week+ of doing the exercises given to me that I seen a huge difference. I am now at the stage where I can play pain free and I can’t thank/ recommend Alison, and the clinic highly enough.
David Falconer -Semi professional football player
“I have been treated by most of the team at Carnegie Sports Physiotherapy since the age of 17. I strongly appreciate the treatment I have received it has been hugely beneficial to my career, helping me to rehabilitate from serious injury as well as endless dedication from the team on injury prevention. I am extremely grateful to access such world class professional care local to me in Leeds.”
Richard Strachan – 400m GBR Athletics
“I would like to really thank all of the team for supporting me with my treatment over the years. They have stayed with me through the long haul and had a lot of patience with me. They have always had a belief in me and although I am not back to full racing yet I am hopefully on the road to recovery. I have received treatment from all of the team and not just Alison and I have no problem taking advice from any one of them. They go the extra mile with me and use drills and track sessions to help me progress. I am so pleased to be this far on so soon after my foot operation and although the Amsterdam 8k may not seem like a triumph to most, it was to me and I know that the everyone at CSPC understands me and supports me”
Tracey Morris- 2004 Olympics marathon runner
“Ali has worked wonders with me, and I’m sure that I would not still be running without her help. She has always been good at diagnosing the cause of my injury, giving it the most appropriate initial treatment and then sending me away with exercises and the necessary encouragement to get me back to what I love doing. My injuries have not been straightforward and I appreciate all the time and effort Ali has given to helping me, even though I am well past my best years as a runner!”
Richard Nerurkar – Ex GB international, Olympics 1992 (10k) & 1996 (marathon), 1993 (world cup champion)
A huge thanks to Alison for all the black magic/witchcraft over the last 9 months – when I first came in, doing any endurance activity was agony (I remember having a lie down on the side of the half ironman course in July – not conducive to getting a PB!). I thought you only treated the elite guys, but on reflection you seem just as happy inflicting pain on anyone! Yesterday I managed 26.2 miles running constantly – albeit at quite a slow pace – without pain! I finished in a blaze of glory, overtaking a banana, Big Bird and a spaceman as I sprinted majestically over the line! I finished 3 minutes quicker than when I did the same event in 1994. Thanks so much for your keen efforts, encouragement and brutal pain – it made a real difference yesterday. Stuart Jeffries, written after the 2011 London Marathon – Member of the Leeds Bradford Triathlon club