However, through dry-land training you can increase surf-specific mobility, improve paddle efficiency and amplify pop-up power and consistency
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With a new hip in place, I had to build up the strength and mobility so that I was able to run, squat and jump again; all the things a teenager should be able to do to play sports in school. Although I stayed active throughout my rehabilitation period, it was hard to imagine a life, or a career where sports would dominate.
The lasting effects of this childhood disease have caused a notable difference between the lengths of my right and left legs. Walking was an issue as I experienced constant pain in my left hip, and I developed a limp, further distracting from my already self-conscious teenage experience. However, at the age of 14 I was gifted ten surf lessons for my birthday which did wonders for my physical and mental health.
At age fifteen yet another procedure was on the cards. I had the growth plates drilled out of my right knee, in order to stunt the growth in my right leg allowing room for my left leg to catch up. Fortunately, the recovery time was relatively short and by the age of 16 I was fully discharged from doctor.
Although *physically* I started with a disadvantage and was labelled as technically disabled- blue badge and all - it never stopped me from playing sport. I always had the skill but never the athleticism…one of my biggest challenges from the beginning was my ability to move! From walking, running, squatting… you name it, my body needed to be fixed. All the qualities needed to progress for effective surfing.
The beginning of my sport science & biomedicine degree at UWE was when I was able to combine the scientific knowledge of exercise physiology and biomechanics to how it could be applied to my own rehabilitation. The circle was beginning to complete, and I was able to essentially start fixing myself as part of my gym training and now move pain free and I am only getting fitter and stronger as the years progress.
From here, I have developed my knowledge of sports specific training obtaining my level 4 strength and conditioning qualification. I have applied the knowledge into my own training and have only seen my performance in the water soar to new heights. I specialise my service to cater towards elevating surf performance through a variety of dry-land drills and training techniques to help you get the most out of every session and every wave.