In September 2021, our clinical lead, Geoff Twinning, was offered the role as Lead Physiotherapist to The Super League Triathlon in London.
What is Super League triathlon??
SLT is an organisation that has developed a race series for the top 20 male and female triathletes in the world, including the 2021 Olympic medallists. These events are commercialised enabling athletes to compete for high value cash prizes.
Many will assume we just do sports massage, but the management of elite performers is just so much more. The role of a good sports physiotherapist so maximise musculo-skeletal function. In this done in many ways including:
- Maintain excellent global joint range of motion
- Maximise muscular mobility and length
- Maximise muscular excitation and reduce inhibitory factors
- Help recovery fatigued tissue
Our impact psychologically is huge as well by reinforcing physical condition and providing that elevated feeling of lightness and readiness. Our input is vital for pre, during and post event and with 40 athletes, each requiring that same focus, requires an experienced physiotherapist.
Yes there is some glamour in treating household names, which at times is surreal, but the other side requires long hours, in sometimes, very hot conditions. Success breeds success, and behind many a great athlete is a great medical team.