As an amateur rugby player I was injured in a game at the back end of the regular season. I’d managed to find myself trapped at the bottom of a pile of bodies (not uncommon in this sport) but I was kneeling on my left knee with my right leg out stretched, at which point a member of the opposing team landed on my right leg forcing the knee to the ground.   The pain was instant and I had to be subbed off straight away.

Having seen many friends in similar injuries I thought I was out for a very long time.  Fortunately I hadn’t damaged the Ligaments, something I only found out after being assessed by Mark at Chews Health.  Mark spent a great deal of time during that first assessment to talk through the injury, how it happened, the pain types, the way my knee felt and what it was like afterwards before he even did a physical examination. Mark then examined my knee before telling me exactly what the issue was and how we were going to mend it, and he also told me how long I had to take off.  Mark then went about the recovery phase, which was done in a few different ways.  Mark ran me through some exercises there at Chews, he gave me gym routines to do at my own gym and he even came down to the club house to run some rugby related exercises to ensure I was in great the best shape I could be.

Chews Health were fantastic.  In a normal scenario I would have managed with pain killers, possibly gone to the doctors if it persisted and played a lot sooner than I was ready to.  I would have carried this injury into the end of season tournament and more than likely missed some game time possibly hurting it more, however,  with the help of Mark and Chews I was back playing within 5 weeks (bit longer than I hoped) and was feeling like I was at full strength again a few weeks later.  Not only that but I played every minute of every game in the end of season tournament and played the final in the best shape I could possibly have been in.  Sadly all of Chews help didn’t manage to give me the skills required to beat the team we played against as we were out classed, but Chews managed to keep me tackling and running right up until the final whistle.

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