Sporting Injuries

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An individual who wishes to perform at his or her best in the sporting arena, whether they can run faster, jump higher, throw further, or hit harder than their fellow competitors either as an enthusiastic amateur or as an accomplished professional, may suffer and injury at any time.  A chiropractor is ideally placed to assess the sportsperson to ensure that they are performing at his or her very best so they can achieve the optimum performance for that individual. The skills of the chiropractor in assessing mechanical and functional performance can help any sports person to ensure that the athlete is not putting excessive pressure on weak areas so opening up the individual to the possibility of further injury.

Chiropractic treatment can also be used to great effect in the treatment of existing injuries, using the careful application of chiropractic manipulation to return the athlete to tip top condition without the use of drugs or surgery – a very important consideration in these days of drug-testing and abuse!

Fiona Jacobs has a special interest in treating sports injuries and has a wide knowledge of both sportsmen and the injuries that they might incur with both post-graduate study and practical experience. She holds a American Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician qualification and a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from Nottingham University, a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound from Bournemouth University and is a full member of both the International Federation of Sports Chiropractors (FICS) and the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM), and was a founder member and Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors Sport and Exercise Faculty (RCCSEF).

Her first ever event was as an assistant chiropractor for the USA team at the World Women’s Weightlifting championships in Manchester 1989, her first contact with élite sports women. This was followed by attendance of the All Africa Games in 1991 (Cairo, Egypt) and 1995 (Harare, Zimbabwe) – a steep learning curve, thinking on her feet with few facilities.

With a Masters degree in Sports Medicine under her belt she has organised and worked alongside the medical teams supporting the GB Masters (over 35yrs old) Track and Field athletes, and consequently travelled all over the UK with many national events, both indoors and outdoors, and in the last 20 years, all over the world with 10 World Championships and 11 European Championships from Brisbane, Australia to Carolina, Puerto Rico, via Spain, Poland, the USA, Germany, Italy, Finland, and Hungary.

“This has given me the opportunity to see and experience sports medicine in close contact with élite athletes. They are single minded and dedicated and don’t allow minor injuries to stop them competing in the sport they love. This makes it particularly challenging when an old injury precipitates a new injury and allows the sports medicine physician the opportunity to think on their feet.

She was lucky enough to be selected as part of the Host Nation Medical support in the 2012 Olympics and also was selected to work at Queen Elizabeth Park for the 2017 IAAF World championships.

Fiona is now working on a more local level with the coaches of the County Upper Basketball Academy, working with injury prevention strategies and fitness training. “There is no greater satisfaction than to take young and enthusiastic youngsters, help guide them through training and end up with an elite team of talented players ready to spread their wings and travel with their sport as far afield as the USA.”

Suitable treatment for:

  • Injuries sustained during all types of sport
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Specialist treatment
  • From the elite to the “week-end warrior”
  • Rehabilitation back into sport