Senior Sports Therapist
Annabel graduated from The University of Hertfordshire in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree.
Whilst swimming for Bishops Stortford Swimming Club, Annabel became interested in sports therapy and rehabilitation for high-level athletes.
She loves helping to rehabilitate young athletes back to full fitness and to the demands of top level sport and has started to develop herself within the education side of sports therapy.
Annabel is currently lecturing at the University of Bedfordshire on the Clinical Exercise Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Therapy and Training courses.
She has also taught at the University of Hertfordshire on the same course that she completed seven years ago.
She is thoroughly enjoying teaching the next generation of sports, exercise and rehabilitation therapists by passing on her knowledge and experience.
Annabel enjoys working both within the clinic setting and out in the field, and has worked at numerous events, including the OCR World Championships, London Marathon, Silverleys Polo Club, Hitchin RFU and Endurance Charity Events.
Annabel is also trained in kinesio-taping, dry needling, spinal manipulation, TMJ and inter-oral massage and pregnancy therapy.
Q&A with Annabel
What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?
Returning athletes back to sport.
What sports are you interested in?
Swimming, skiing, mountaineering, triathlons, rugby and running.
What sports do you do?
I used to swim competitively for Bishops Stortford Swimming Club, but I now only swim recreationally. I love skiing and walking in the mountains. I have trekked to Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp for charity and have my sights set on a few more.
What is your favourite muscle and why?
The supraspinatus. It's the muscle that lifts the arm and moves it away from the body. More commonly known as one of the rotator cuff muscles and can be associated with swimmer’s shoulder. This pesky muscle has given me many problems over the years but is the most fun to rehabilitate.
What is your favourite joint and why?
My favourite joint is a slightly weird one – the TMJ or the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. Stiffness in this joint can be closely linked to headaches, toothache and neck pain and with treatment can provide the most amazing relief. I decided to go on a course to treat jaw pain as I was getting quite a lot of clunking and clicking in my own jaw.
What is your favourite stretch for the body?
The mermaid stretch. It stretches and engages your breathing muscles, your back extensors and your quadratus lomborum (side muscle). This stretch is excellent for working on postural problems caused by weight bearing too heavily on one side, ie if you always carry your bag on one side or during pregnancy.
Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?
Jonnie Peacock. All Paralympians are inspirational but I saw Jonnie race at the World Para Athletics Championships last year and he was incredible. He completely smashed the field and won the 100m in 10.64 seconds, three-hundredths of a second outside the world record and only one second off Usain Bolt’s time of 9.58 seconds. The commitment and perseverance to run and train with a prosthetic is incredible.
What are your sporting goals?
To climb Machu Picchu in Peru and see the Rainbow Mountain
To compete in the 2019 triathlon season and attempt a half Ironman
You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?
A fully charged and stocked Kindle which would never run out of battery
Photos of my friends and family