22 August 2014
The World Cup was held in Paris with England winning four out five matches and drawing one.
The team was determined to win this time and when New Zealand, the current champions for the past four World Cups, were knocked out by Ireland, the team were even more determined to seal a win, for some this was their last chance to win.
Louise Prottey, sports physiotherapist at Spire Parkway Hospital, had been selected to support the team and was able to provide pre and post-match physiotherapy as well as treating any immediate injuries.
A typical day for Louise on camp started at 7am.
"That’s when I did my own exercise. I either ran by the lake that was opposite the hotel or cycling on the static bike by the pool.
"Then we would do ‘prehab’ with the players after breakfast. This is where myself and the other physio had written exercise plans for the players and they were also able to work on specific problem areas. They would have to stretch and do activation exercises and pilates. It was also a good time to speak to them all about specific injuries, management and treatment.
"We would then go to the training pitch where we took our physiotherapy tools such our straps and tape. Then we always observed what the girls were doing pitch side in case of any injuries occurring during training.
"After training, the girls would either do pool recovery sessions or ice baths. Then there would normally be two-three hours of physio time for those that needed it. We were always fully booked!
"Dinner and team meetings for analysis were done in the evening and more physio appointments would be offered afterwards so sometimes we’d be treating again from 8pm until 11pm.
"On match days we would tend to do soft tissue massage in the mornings for those players who wanted it and then prepare all the equipment and tape box etc. On arrival at the ground we’d spend about an hour taping/strapping everyone and then again had to be pitch side for the warm up and matches in case of injury.
"We had several injuries to deal with such as muscle tears, stiff necks after scrums, whiplash after tackles, ligament injuries to elbows, knees and ankles as well as general aches and pains post game from the contact involved with rugby!"
So after all Louise’s hard work and the hard work of the team to win, what has she gained from the experience? "It was a great experience and has definitely improved my skills as a physio. I worked closely with the lead physio and the doctor so I learnt a lot about managing acute injuries, something I can take forward with me into my work at Spire Parkway Hospital."
We have a range of physiotherapists at Parkway, ready to help with anything from sports injuries to balance disorders to pre-op recovery. Find out more about our physiotherapy services here, or call 0121 704 5546 for more information or to book an appointment.*
*A GP referral is not required to see a physiotherapist.
For more information on the World Cup visit: http://www.rwcwomens.com/