Like many aspiring footballers I faced the same issue a lot of young athletes will go through; footballing injuries. Unfortunately over the course of the past seven years I have torn my ACL three times and have damaged other muscles around my knee twice as well. For many, you would look at this and ask yourself if this person is crazy or not to keep playing, but that’s passion.
Unfortunately many of my reoccurring injuries was a direct result of a poor treatment plan I wasn’t as engaged as I’d like to be, I received limited advice, feedback and guidance on how to take care and more often than not I found myself alone having to make assumptions and judgments with limited insight. As an athlete, I had a little more education and how to take care of myself but what really frustrated me was how those around me recovering from similar injuries were accepting of undeniably, mediocre care and inevitably left on their own for many weeks if not months. That bugged me.
I set out to solve this problem, funny enough our initial approach was very different to what you might see today, I wanted to build a device that allowed someone to have the exact same feeling of having a physio at home, the same way a Premier League footballer might do – farfetched, I know.
Over the course of the past year and a half we moved away from a very vague idea to building something that is truly adding value. I have built relationships with physiotherapists, spent many nights reviewing literature and understanding the NHS guidelines on issues the health service is facing. Most importantly figuring out why this is a problem with solving.
The issue that most people face realistically isn’t that they need to be inside the clinic constantly having a physiotherapist tend to them. They don’t need hours of manual therapy each day, yes some will argue this helps but what most people really need to do is education on their injury to understand why some things happen and what the outcome off certain plans might be.
I’m not a physiotherapist, nor do I claim to be one and I never want to tell people what to do. As a patient myself, I have learned to understand my injuries, choose where I get advice from and importantly how to apply into my day-to-day routine.
I strongly believe that technology can enable people to do this and complement the level of care that they receive within a clinic. At no point do I think that it is important for us to replace the value of a qualified professional, if you could visit someone and get feedback every day without needing us I absolutely ask you to do that but most people know that this is quite a difficult to ask.