Versatility is key to success
In business terms, in order to deliver a good product, you need good tools, a good infrastructure, great resources and a can-do attitude, here at the Lions we think we tick many of those boxes but it’s not just good enough for the players and coaches to act as advocates for this approach, as such, we know we’re lucky to have access to the good folk at Versatile Therapists (VT) – Jinda Ghuman and Pups Kaur; what these ladies don’t know about injury treatment, prevention and player welfare, well, quite frankly isn’t worth knowing about.
With this in mind may we introduce you to one of the absolute working cogs in our success story to date, but in order to do so, let’s wind the clock back a bit.
It’s been two years since you joined the team but how did you get involved in the first place?
After hearing about the Lions from a friend we were intrigued about the team and the sport so we attended a training session and were impressed with what we saw of the standard of players and coaches. The team demonstrated an evident love for the game which was great to see.
Did either of you have any experience with American Football?
No, we had no experience with American Football, we’d watched a few NFL games on TV but that was the only exposure we’d had.
What have been your greatest challenges dealing with the team and the sport?
The greatest challenge relates directly to dealing with a squad size nearing 40 players and the range of injuries that occur as a result of the different physiques (and subsequent differing demands) required for each different position on both Offense and Defense.
Accommodating the sport, much of the challenge pertains to the fact that American Football in the UK is still in its relative infancy, it has a long way to go to catch up to the mainstream sports such as ‘soccer’ and rugby, and as such the necessary popularity together with media exposure, which brings about funding and with it improved medical resources is just not there yet, comprehensively at least.
This is your second year with the team now – what does Versatile Therapists get out of it?
Well first of all what a great two seasons it has been so far! Simply put we get the opportunity to be a part of the most successful women’s American Football team in the country, we get to be a part of one of the UK’s fastest growing sports plus it’s always good to be a part of a team that brings home the silverware. We also get patient referrals from the Lions that feed into the Versatile Therapist Clinic.
If there’s one thing that you’d improve about the relationship (apart from it being salaried!) what would it be?
Ha, yes, it would be great if the position was salaried but not everything is about money and for us at VT that is a major part of our ethos. We are always looking to give back to the community and help progress women’s sports and being a part of the Lions’ Pride is a great way to do that: they are a fantastic team to be involved with and we have learnt a lot from our time with the team.
One thing to improve though? Hmm, that’s a tough one as we have a great relationship with the Lions already but if we could, we’d like to have more rehab time with the players, that being said this is always going to be a tough one as the team is still in amateur status (even though it is run in very much a professional manner).
Where is Versatile Therapists based?
We’re based in Birmingham but we regularly travel across the UK to work with a number of different groups and clubs. We have a clinic at the Indoor Futsal Arena in Birmingham also.
Who are some of the other clubs and associations you work with?
We work with the FA, Worcester Rugby Club, Leicester City FC, Coventry Ladies FC, Derby County FC, Combat JuJitsu, ChongshinDo Martial Arts Club and Birmingham Futsal Club to name a few.
What are the full suite of services you offer?
Versatile Therapists offer a complete range of services, including:
- Pitch-side First Aid Cover
- Sports Massage
- Taping & Strapping
- Injury Diagnosis & Treatment
- Personalised Rehabilitation Programs
- Posture Assessment
- Complementary Therapies
Both of us are BSc (Hons) qualified Sports Therapists and graduates from the University College Birmingham (accredited by the University of Birmingham). Since graduating and setting up the business we continue to explore our own industry interests through continued further education, for example, Pups focuses more on the holistic side with a keen interest in acupuncture whilst I [Jinda] have a keen interest in the rehabilitation and strength & conditioning side of things.
If someone wanted to get some treatment from you guys how is it best to get in touch?
The best way is either by telephone (0121-285 0525) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, we’d direct interested parties to check out our social media sites and drop us a message at Versatile Therapists on Facebook or @VersatileT on Twitter.
That’s great. Thanks so much for your time team, and may we also take this opportunity to extend our grateful thanks for all your dedication and support of the team to date, we hope to look forward to continuing to work with you over many happy seasons to come.