Alison is the physiotherapist credited with helping to keep Kelly Holmes injury free in the two years leading up to the Athens Olympics in 2004, helping her to double Olympic gold in the 800m and 1500m.
Since 2004 Alison has worked with Jessica Ennis, the 2012 Olympic heptathlon gold medalist.
Alison specialises in working with sports men and women, and clients with chronic or complex injury history. Clinical interests include osteitis pubis and chronic pelvic dysfunction, complex injuries, visceral work and breathing disorders that affect both sporting performance, and normal life. She also enjoys assessing and improving running technique.
Alison has worked with British Athletics as a consultant since 2000, working at the Olympics with athletics in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and 2012. She has also worked at the World Championships in athletics in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, and the European Championships in athletics in 2002 and 2006. She has also worked at the World and European Cross Country Championships from 2003 to 2012.
Alison’s clients also include triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, the 2012 Olympic gold and bronze medallists, athletes Charlene Thomas and Laura Weightman, divers from the City of Leeds diving club, which has included Tandi Gerrard (Olympian 2004, 2008) Rebecca Gallantree (Olympian 2008, 2012) and Sarah Barrow (Olympian 2012) ; and squash world number 2 and Commonwealth silver medallist, James Willstrop.
In addition to supporting international athletes in athletics, diving, squash, and triathlon, Alison works with a wide variety of sports, including swimming, cycling, football, and rugby. She has also worked closely with groups such as On Camp with Kelly, helping to educate athletes and minimise injuries.
Alison raced for Great Britain at the marathon at the World Student Games in 1993, at the European Championships in 1994, the Marathon World Cup in Athens in 1995 and the World Championships in 1995. She ran her PB of 2.42.42 in Athens, and was coached by Malcolm Brown. Her background in athletics to the elite level gives her a great understanding understanding of the treatment and training of athletes.
Before coming to Leeds in 2003, Alison worked at FASIC in Edinburgh, for the military in Melbourne, Australia, and for a year with Gerard Hartmann in a more residential setting.
In her spare time, Alison still enjoys running, cycling and swimming, and has a new found enjoyment of water skiing. She also loves travelling, learning languages and catching up with friends and family.
- Integrative manual therapy for chronic pain, module 1 – Haydn Gambling
- Advanced osteopathic spinal techniques with French Osteopath-J.P Barral
- Movement patterning for performance and injury prevention (parts 1-4)- Joanne Elphinston
- Breathing pattern disorders- Leon Chaitow
- Patterns of dysfunction in the lumbar pelvic region – Haydn Gambling
- Treatment of cranial dysfunction – Haydn Gambling