Physio aims to give athletes extra edge at next year’s Olympics following London 2012

Physiotherapist Lisa Wiles.
Physiotherapist Lisa Wiles.

The next year is likely to prove to be an even busier one for a physiotherapist based in Pocklington.

For 29-year-old Lisa Wiles will be working with teams striving to take part in and win at next year’s Olympics – just as she did in London in 2012.

Lisa, who grew up in Wetwang and went to Driffield School, runs her own Hands that Heal clinics in Pocklington and South Cave.

But her many roles include being head physio at Pocklington Rugby Club and travelling to different countries around the world.

She is involved with the GB Basketball team and GB Boxing and next month will be in Poland for the Youth European Men’s Games in boxing.

“I love it. It is not just the travelling but the people I am working with.

“They are such keen and enthusiastic athletes,” she says.

She has been involved with the boxing team for about two years and with the basketball players for several years.

This year she has travelled to St Petersburg in Russia, Hungary and to the Taiwan world championships for boxers.

After leaving school she trained at York St John University.

“I was always interested in how the body moves and how one can heal it when required,” says Lisa who has always been interested in sport.

She enjoys being involved with the rugby club and was “very disappointed” when England were knocked out of the world cup.

“Next year will be quite a tough one and it will be busy, busy in travelling,” continues Lisa, who has travelled nationally and internationally working with a variety of different sporting disciplines.

Her clinics offer a holistic approach to physiotherapy where the physio doesn’t just look at people’s symptoms but seek the source of the problem resulting in long lasting symptom reduction.

Her extensive work in sport landed her with a place at the Olympics and Paralympic games in 2012 as a HQ physiotherapist in addition to working at some of the Olympic test events on the build up to the games.

Having come through a tough application process to secure the role of a physiotherapist at the games, Lisa was designated to be a physiotherapist at the football 
events at St James’ Park and the wheelchair basketball events at the O2 arena throughout the Paralympics.

Some of the sporting disciplines with which Lisa has worked also include:

Contract physio for GB Boxing and Wheelchair Rugby, European finals with the Great Britain Junior Wheel Chair Basketball Team and the Great Britain Women’s Wheel Chair Basketball Team.

She has also worked at the Rapid Tennis Centre in Hull and with the National league sports team - Super League Netball -Yorkshire Jets - formally Leeds Carnegie plus the Hull Stingrays professional Ice Hockey team.

After graduating in 2008 her first role was in Newcastle, working with soccer teams for ten days.

Lisa, who also works with individuals as well as teams, said: “I have also worked with a number of individual athletes from professional boxers to iron man competitors.

“I enjoy working with people and it is really nice to feel you are making a difference to people’s lives.”

“One of her clients, for example, is a lady in her 90s who wants help to be able to walk to the shops.