Sophie graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a First Class BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy Degree. She is also currently studying MSc Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex University, which she will complete in September 2020.
Sophie currently works with Hertford RFC as one of their key sports therapists.
During her degree, Sophie completed a placement year with Cardiff Blues Rugby Union Team and has also gained experience working with international sports teams including the All Blacks Rugby Union, South Africa Rugby Union and Australian Women's Cricket through Official Sports Services.
Being involved in gymnastics from an early age and competing with the Welsh Tumbling Squad, whilst also qualifying as a gymnastics coach, initially provided Sophie with the interest of sports therapy.
She understands from an athlete's point of view the requirement of efficient treatment and rehabilitation to return the athlete back to sport as quickly as possible.
As well as the rehabilitation of injuries, Sophie is also interested in muscle imbalances and using strength and conditioning to prescribe corrective exercises for both injury prevention and to improve performance.
Gymnastics has been a significant part of Sophie's life, but she now likes to keep fit through strength training, as well as regular skiing trips!
Q&A with Sophie
What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?
Helping motivated and passionate athletes get back to sport as quickly and efficiently as possible; and learning every day how impressive and important the body is.
What sports are you interested in?
Gymnastics, rugby and athletics
What sports do you do?
Whilst growing up I did a lot of gymnastics, as well as athletics, netball, hockey, rowing and cheerleading. I now train in the gym as much as possible and ski regularly.
What is your favourite muscle and why?
Flexor hallucis longus. This is the muscle that is used in the movement of the big toe and plays a large role in biomechanics whilst walking as well as stabilising the body.
What is your favourite joint and why?
The hip joint due to its large amount of mobility but also requires a significant amount of strength and stability to do every day activities.
What is your favourite stretch for the body?
Lumbar rotations help people who have lower back tightness, often due to poor posture as well as manual work.
Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?
Simone Biles. Winning 30 medals at world championships and at the Olympics by the age of 22, she is an extremely motivated and consistent performer who has overcome a lot of battles inside and outside of gymnastics.
You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?