Firstly, an apology for not blogging in a while but the Clinic has been super-busy with lots happening. As a result there is so much to catch up on and I’ll let you know all about it in the coming weeks – but let’s start with my new connection with the Newport Gwent Dragons. For those who don’t know, the Dragons are one of the four professional regional rugby teams in Wales. Having been formed in 2003 they are now well-established and have a great following, covering a geographical catchment of around 600,000 people.
Over the Summer I was asked by their medical team to work with them, having earlier managed to get one of their players back on the road to recovery through private treatment here at the Clinic in Swansea. I was happy to do so provided it didn’t take me away from my patients for long periods and I agreed to spend some of my limited free time during the week with them.
I was honoured to be asked to do this work as the Club has shown enormous faith in me, entrusting me with the care of their main assets – the players. I now work up at their training ground every Tuesday afternoon with these elite athletes and it’s been a great experience so far as it’s a real change of pace. I’m learning so much more about sports injuries and how to manage them – particularly when your patient really doesn’t want to be lying on a treatment couch for any length of time and earns his living from playing sport. I know that each and every Tuesday I’m going to be busy and it’s a privilege to work with these guys.
Big thanks are due to the staff and players at the Club who have all said that they appreciate my contribution to the group.
As for the rest of the comings and goings at the Clinic, I’ll let you all know next month about the changes and what we have planned for 2019. Until then, stay safe, well and healthy.