Annalie graduated from a three year degree with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Therapy from the University of Worcester in 2019.
She was fortunate enough to work as a student Sports Therapist with the Worcester Warriors RFC academy for a year whilst studying.
Over the course of her career, Annalie has worked with a variety of clients, from teenagers to the young at heart.
She wants to show that an injury doesn’t have to prevent you from achieving your sporting goals and desires, and that a sports therapist can provide treatments, rehabilitations and adaptations to enable you to achieve your best performance and goals.
Q&A with Annalie
What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?
Seeing the progression from injury to performance, physically and mentally.
What sports are you interested in?
Gymnastics, rugby and netball.
What sports do you do?
I like to go to the gym, but I can’t wait to get back into gymnastics, as I used to train before university. I also play badminton recreationally.
What is your favourite muscle and why?
My favourite muscle is the gluteus medius. It is a muscle that tends to be neglected in athletes that can cause many knee and hip issues when overlooked.
What is your favourite joint and why?
My favourite joint is the shoulder as it has so many structures surrounding it that need to be strong to prevent injury.
What is your favourite stretch for the body?
I love the child pose with latissimus dorsi (back muscle) focus as it is a useful way to stretch the shoulder and back whilst giving a sensation of relief when you are stressed.
Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?
Claudia Fragapane. She is an Olympic gymnast who recently ruptured her Achilles in training, ruling her out of the Commonwealth Games in 2018. She competed the following year in the European Championships in 2019 to finish 5th on the gymnastic floor. Her determination and resilience should be envied and recognised throughout sport. I admire her journey, and I hope I can show the same determination in any troubles I face in the future.
What are your sporting goals?
To master a straight half on floor in gymnastics.
You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?
Factor 50 sun cream