Today, 16th February 2015, marks 5 years since I went self employed and into my 8th year since graduating. Below are 5 thoughts on the work I do:
1. The more I learn, the less I realise I know. I try to keep on top of current research as best I can. I focus on areas of interest and new injuries which crop up in the clinic. I use journal articles, podcasts, Twitter, CPD courses and more. All of it brings more questions.
2. Surround yourself with the right people. I just want to be a sports therapist and count myself very fortunate to have had great help in marketing, business planning and design. You know who you are, so thank you. Most of all the support from family and friends cannot be understated. My beautiful wife Gemma who is a voice of reason, reality and organisation!
3. I am learning to question more and reflect on my practice. It is not enough to just take at face value what your told or what you read, we need to question it, reflect on what went well and what didn’t. We all have our own bias and influencers. On Twitter (@EPSportsTherapy) I am influenced by the people I follow and the information they post, but they also help me to critique, discuss and question further (although I should maybe join in the debate a bit more often)!
4. There is no magic bullet! I will work hard to help my patients to get the result they need and if I can’t help them I will try to put them on a path to someone who can. If you are injured and seeking treatment, be wary of the “twice a week for six weeks” or “instantly fix your problems” models. They don’t work. To recover you must also put the hard work in.
5. I love what I do. I realised this within 3 weeks of starting my sports therapy degree and I still do now, over 10 years later.
Finally, thank you to all my patients, past and present, for the support you have given me. I will endeavour to help as many of you as I can with future injuries, although I hope you don’t need my services too soon!