The Lead Physiotherapist at Sport Wales, Sian Knott has been
using her healing hands on some of Wales' most successful athletes
and stars of the future since 2007.
After studying in Cardiff and going on to work at the University
Hospital of Wales across all areas of physiotherapy, Sian pursued
her love for sport by volunteering at a local rugby club. Seven
years later she was still their club physio, whilst also gaining
valuable experience across the sector and later achieving a Masters
in Sports Science and Rehabilitation.
With physiotherapy roles for the Wales Ruby 7s squad and for
Team Wales at three Commonwealth Games, Sian has a wealth of
experience in working with elite sports professionals and not just
at major events around the world. At Sport Wales Sian works with
both experienced and up and coming athletes on a day to day basis,
including Olympian swimmer Tom Haffield, Team GB thrower Brett
Morse and gymnast Lizzie Beddoe.
"Physiotherapy plays a key role in helping any athlete reach
their full potential. It's not just about helping athletes recover
from injuries but it's also about preventing injuries in order to
enhance their ability to train and perform. Ensuring that athletes
have the good foundations for movement will allow them to reap the
rewards in all other aspects of their training."
Gymnast Lizzie Beddoe, said;
"When I'm quite sore I come to Sian and she makes things a lot
better for me so that I'm able to carry on my training
"I've had quite a few injuries with my feet. I've broken both
feet and another foot on a separate occasion and had to have an
operation. With Sian's help I've been able to get back after my
injuries. It starts with rest and then rehab and then treatment.
The Hydropool [at the Sport Wales National Centre] was great after
my operation as I could start running and walking a lot faster than
I could have done without it."
"There's nothing more heart-warming than seeing an athlete
you've worked with achieve amazing results. There's always an
element of pride in the fact that you've played a very small part
in helping them get there. My pride and passion is to see those
athletes succeed and it's a reflection that we've done our jobs
Find out more about Sian Knott and her role at Sport Wales here.