Kathryn is a senior lecturer and physiotherapy practitioner at Sheffield Hallam University. She continues to practice clinically in the Physiotherapy Clinic at the university overseeing the university’s performance sport athletes, TASS athletes, social sport athletes. Kathryn is also the squad physiotherapist for the England Women’s U20 rugby team.

What role has TASS played in your development as a practitioner?

“TASS have supported my development through a range of formal and informal CPD opportunities including financial support towards external courses, completion of my MSc, as well as regional meetings and NGB development days. These have all been beneficial to my continued learning and development.

“While working in my previous role as an NGB physiotherapist I had a good awareness about TASS and the support for athletes, however I wasn’t aware of the practitioner support until coming into my current role seven years ago. I’ve since been able to further my skills across a wider range of sporting disciplines and TASS support provided the incentive to formalise my further post-graduate education.

“I think it’s essential for athletes to have an education alongside being able to fulfil potential in sport, particularly in my current role as a practitioner and academic. In the competitive world of sport, success is not always guaranteed thus highlighting the importance of having other options which an education provides.

“I really enjoy being a practitioner with TASS and the opportunity to work with a wide range of athletes across many sporting disciplines, but also being ingrained within a squad. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with TASS from both perspectives.

“TASS has provided resources and a framework for me to develop clinically and within my role as a manager and mentor for other practitioners.”

What would be your wish for the next generation of talented athletes?

“To have access to invaluable support, in particular the medical scheme, and for them to value and utilise all of these services to help them ultimately reach their potential.”

Use one word to describe what TASS means to you.

“Supportive.”