Alicia McArdell

Sports Therapist

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Alicia graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Degree before going on to complete an MSc in Sports Therapy at London Metropolitan University. 

 

During her time at London Met, she completed placements in the University Sports Injuries Clinic and with both professional and non-professional football clubs, and now wants to expand her skills further. 

 

Alicia has always been a keen sportsperson, taking part in many different sports before deciding to focus on athletics and cross country running. 

 

Alicia is eager to use her skills to help people overcome their injuries and perform to the best of their abilities, whether that be competing at a high level or carrying out everyday tasks pain free. She is keen to help people understand how their body works, helping them both physically and mentally to achieve their goals through sports therapy. 

Q&A with Alicia

What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?

Helping people! Not only with their injuries, but also helping them to understand how their body works so that they can improve both physically and mentally.

 

What sports are you interested in?

Athletics, netball, running, gymnastics, rugby.

 

What sports do you do?

Have done many sports over the years but decided to focus on athletics and cross country running, can’t beat going for a run to de-stress! Also like going to the gym as well. 

 

What is your favourite muscle and why?

The hamstrings. They play a key role not only in sport but in everyday life and can often be neglected by many which can lead to many different problems. 

 

What is your favourite joint and why?

The knee. It’s one of the strongest joints in the body, with a lot of force being placed through it everyday and plays a key role in normal day-to-day activities as well as in sport so it’s important to keep it strong and healthy.

 

What is your favourite stretch for the body?

The world’s greatest stretch. It incorporates many different joints and is great to get the body moving if you’ve been sat down all day and are feeling a bit stiff!

What are your sporting goals?

To improve my running times over different distances but also to be able to do 10 pull ups unassisted and to be able to do the splits again!

 

You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?

1) A good book

2) A blanket 

3) A toothbrush 

 

What is your most used emoji?

The laughing emoji.

 

What is your favourite snack?

Healthy - apple & peanut butter

Unhealthy - anything chocolate!

 

If you could live anywhere on this planet, where would you choose to live?

Somewhere sunny!

 

What’s your favourite injury to treat and why?

Probably any lower limb injury, there’s so many ways to keep the rehab interesting, and rehabilitating one lower limb injury will definitely benefit the rest of the body as well.