The club currently has a deal with Monica Franke, Osteopath, Pilates Instructor and Sports Performance Therapist. Osteopaths look at the function of the body as a whole to ensure the smooth running of the entire unit. When there is an injury to any part, osteopathy seeks to remedy the underlying cause, whether it is local to the injury or somewhere quite different. Monica has worked in a sports team and competitive environment for 3 years (including rowing, ultimate frisbee and athletics), and is familiar with the need to be away from training and competition for as short a time as possible. Monica will assess the joint in question, the alignment of your spine and pelvis, assess your functional movements, such as squats, lunges and starts, and is present at the track every week to assess for potential injury-causing habits.In treatment, you will receive soft tissue massage, joint realignment, and other techniques aimed at resetting your neurological firing pattern to the muscles, making sure you are as physically well connected as you need to be. Monica will also offer you advice about optimising your strength training program, working as much as possible in close conjunction with your coach.Monica is based at Bourton Mill gym, above Rymans on the High Street, and can be contacted on 07970 119 721, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica’s website address is: www.monicafranke.com.
Monica has written this discussion on injury management and rehabilitation in the light of Ron Hill’s speech at the OUAC annual dinner on 31st January 2009.