Louise Prottey, sports physiotherapist from Spire Parkway Hospital, will form part of the medical team assisting the Women’s Fifteens team as they begin preparations for their first World Cup match against Samoa on 1 August 2014.
Louise, who has been a physiotherapist for 10 years, has combined her physiotherapy role at Spire Parkway with roles in sport, beginning initially with women’s Premiership Rugby side, Worcester Ladies 1st XV. Louise Prottey said:
“As an individual I’m passionate about sport and to be able to combine that with my profession is a dream come true. To work with athletes at the top of their game is fantastic and will enable me to develop further as a physiotherapist by being able to apply the best injury recovery techniques and fitness management – all of which will be transferable to my role at Spire Parkway.
“The England Senior Women’s team has a fantastic World Cup record. In the last two World Cups they reached the final, losing against New Zealand on both occasions. This year, the team is focused upon going that one stage further and winning the tournament. The role the medical team will play in aiding this will be crucial, especially in relation to managing injuries in what is a physically demanding game.”
The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 is held in Paris and starts on 1 August. The England team fixtures are:
1 August – England v Samoa, KO 5pm BST, Marcoussis
5 August - England v Spain, KO 2:45pm BST, Marcoussis
9 August - England v Canada, KO 2:45pm BST, Marcoussis
13 August - Semi –finals KO 5pm & 7:45pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium
17 August - Final KO 5:45pm BST, Jean Bouin
The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 will be broadcast on Sky Sports.