My name is Gemma Young, leading up to becoming a qualified sports massage
practitioner, I was involved within sport myself, varying from things like
hockey, netball, basketball and finishing with Shot Putt, that I trained and
competed in for 5 years. I was Wiltshire County Champion and South West Champion
at Shot putt but it created more injuries for me than any of the team sports I
took part in.
One such injury was the classic tennis elbow which is a repetitive strain injury
of the tendon in the elbow, this inhibited my progress through the shot putt
scene for some 18 months, I sought many treatments to help potentially fix the
issue, I tried physiotherapy, ultrasound and infrared treatment, resulting in no
change I still couldn’t throw a shot putt.
One day a friend recommended a lady who practices sports massage, so I made
myself an appointment, it took just that appointment to fix the issue I had been
suffering with for 18 months, that is when I realised there was more to massage
than relaxation and I wanted to know more, so I went to college and studied
sports development which included a module on massage, this is when I realised
that massage was my ‘calling’ and went on to study sports conditioning,
rehabilitation and massage at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where I qualified
as a level 4 sports massage practitioner.