“I try to take an holistic approach to injury prevention and rehabilitation believing that the emotional and psychological elements of physicality have an important bearing on healing.” Says Frankie, “I like to think that my background of competing in a variety of sports, treating some of the most elite men and women in their sports, combined with my years of experience in a busy hospital clinical setting has equipped me with a good awareness of external factors and barriers to peoples’ success, and a Mary Poppins size bag of skills to deal with a variety of clinical conditions.”
Frankie joined the La Clinique Du Sports team in the beginning of 2019 having recently moved to Chamonix from Val d’Isere. She is a passionate physiotherapist and sportswoman who started her academic training after developing an interest in biomechanics, while competing nationally & internationally in several sports as a youth (skiing, hockey, fencing). Frankie combined her studies in Wales with winters in the Alps allowing her to pursue her main sporting passions, surfing and skiing, while developing her technical understanding and appreciation of physiology and biomechanics, completing her Bachelor of science degree in Physiotherapy with honours.
It was during this time that Frankie developed a keen interest in both Pilates and Yoga, both to support herself and to contribute to her physiotherapy practice. She has since completed Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institution (APPI) level 1,2 & 3, and her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. She incorporates these into her therapy to help her patients recover and stay injury free.
During her career, she has treated an Olympic gold medallist, professional mountain bikers, mountain guides, ski instructors and a GB triathlete. Most recently She worked as the lead physiotherapist for the Swiss free-ski Big-air and Slopestyle national team for the winter season of 2019-2020, covering all training sessions and events. She managed a team of the worlds’ top athletes throughout their competitive winter season, attending all FIS and X-Games events ensuring any sign of injury were treated efficiently and that athletes were ready to perform at all times. The team saw multiple podiums throughout the season in the men’s and women’s categories, and won the overall Globe award for the best team in the Big Air discipline.
Through working with the Swiss Free-ski national team, she has become efficient in concussion management and screenings, acute trauma management, implementing return to snow protocols, as well as bettering her acute physiotherapy skills and injury management and prevention. Following this working stint, she has seen more so than ever the benefits of Pilates and Yoga as an injury prevention tool, and thus has gone on to complete her Yoga teacher training.
Since graduating in 2014, Frankie has worked in a busy rural hospital in Wales treating a variety of complex patients. A portion of her work was treating sporting injuries, often road cycling, mountain biking and fellow surfers, which fuelled her passion for sports related injuries and desire to return to the mountains. She moved to the Alps in 2017 and lived in Val d’Isere specialising in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injury before her move to Chamonix in the summer 2018.
Frankie’s time at the clinic now consists of treating a wide variety of patients again. From solving those chronic long-term persistent injuries to acute management of injuries, and from treating professionals to non-professionals and people of all ages. She absolutely loves to help where she can and ultimately strives to help people achieve their goals, and get them back on the track they want to be on.
Physiotherapist BSc (Hons) Cardiff University, cohort 2011.
Sports massage diploma level 3 | ITEC
Pilates mat-work training levels 1,2,3 | Australian institution of Physiotherapy & Pilates.
Sports trauma management | LUBAS 2019.
Yoga Instructor | Marisa Yoga 2020