As someone who has always had a hugely busy and competitive sporting life, the news that I had ruptured my ACL falling off a horse in April 2021 seemed unbearable and I couldn’t quite get my head round how I would cope.
Mr Gleeson was massively understanding and immediately helped me make a plan as to what I could still do and the aims I was to have in both my pre and post- surgery rehabilitation, from my first appointment I felt more in control and at ease. My surgery was booked for the beginning of June and I began my physiotherapy with Geoff Twinning to both strengthen and stabilise my knee and maintain whole body strength and fitness. The surgery went smoothly and I was back with Geoff within three days, and celebrated my 7 day post- op and healed woulds by doing a pull session in the Cheltenham lido!
By September, I was back to full training including gym sessions with the High Performance swimming team at the University of Birmingham as well as racing in the pool, and being back running. Since when I have swam numerous Personal Best times, qualifying for BUCS finals, the English Winter swimming Championships, British Championships and Summer English Championships. I am also back riding, climbing mountains and doing everything I love pain free.
Thank you! Jessica Telford