Healthy Break for World Rally Drivers

WORLD rally drivers made an unusual pit stop in Cardiff for a health check at  Spire Cardiff Hospital.

Petter Solburg and Phil Mills, two of the most famous names in the rallying sport worldwide, were at Spire Cardiff Hospital for a Key Health Assessment with the hospital’s Wellness Manager, Sister Elaine Jones. 

The drivers were in Cardiff ahead of the Wales Rally GB, which began in Cardiff on December 4. As motorsport athletes, both drivers put their bodies through extremes, while on rallies and when training. A health assessment is an essential starting point of their tailored fitness programme and plays a key role in enhancing the fitness of each driver.

Petter Solburg and Phil Davies’ Performance Manager, John Mills said: “The medical assessment is like having a rally car scrutinised. Before you can enter the rally and push it to the limit, you must be assured that it is safe to do so and no crucial component is likely to fail.

“The medical assessment is a key part of our driver performance programme, providing us with an in-depth appraisal of the drivers’ medical and physiological status and also helps us to highlight any potential health or injury concerns and set performance targets for the forthcoming season.”

John continued: “Now Petter and Phil have successfully completed their health assessments at Spire Cardiff Hospital, we can continue to push them with their 2009 training programmes in a way that will minimise any chance of injury”.

Nicola Amery, Hospital Director at Spire Cardiff Hospital said: “We were delighted to have Petter and Phil here in Cardiff for the health assessments, and glad to hear how much these checks will help them in their upcoming training.”

For further information on the services provided at Spire Cardiff Hospital or to arrange a health assessment call 0800 616 029

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