Emsworth Physiotherapist helps Olympic rowing team

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WHEN Olympic rowers take to the water in next month’s Olympic Games, physiotherapist Chris Gordon will be following their every stroke.

Chris, who runs his own physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Westbourne, is working with the British Olympic rowing team.

Having been at the side of a the 100-strong squad over the winter months, it’s now up to Chris to keep those selected for the team in optimum shape for the Olympics.

The Emsworth resident, 45, said: ‘Between now and the start of the Games I’ll primarily be looking at preventative treatment for the Olympic rowers.

‘I’ll be identifying any areas of weakness or stiffness and addressing them before they become a problem.

‘I’ll also be helping team members to reduce their fear of injury.’

Chris trained at St Mary’s, Hospital, Paddington, and has worked with elite athletes for over 20 years.

He has been a physiotherapist to a host of sporting stars including Harlequin RFC players, Olympic sailors, canoeists and hockey players.

His career has seen him involved in three Olympic Games.

He began at the Athens Games, then travelled with the British sailing team as lead physiotherapist at the successful Beijing Games.

He said: ‘I want to help local sportsmen and women.

‘Whether they are Olympic or amateur athletes, their potential injuries and fears will be surprisingly similar.’