Physio works at Ryder Cup

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A Bedford Blues physiotherapist worked with Europe’s top golfers when he travelled to Chicago to take part in this year’s Ryder Cup.

Simon Jones, lead clinical specialist at BMI Manor Hospital in Biddenham, worked with golfing stars, including Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy as the European team took on the might of America in the Ryder Cup.

He has already been working in the USA with some of the players regularly on the PGA Tour in the lead up to the competition and says things are looking very good in the European camp.

He said: “Golf is a much more physical game now and players need to be fully fit in all respects if they are to compete at the highest level.

“I have been working with various players on fitness and bio-mechanics, nutrition and injury management.

“In a way the most important job of a physiotherapist is to prevent injuries rather than treat them.

“Keeping them injury free and healthy over such a long season is paramount.

“We had to make sure the golfers are at their very best – the slightest injury niggle could massively affect performance and our input can make a real difference.”

The physiotherapist, who lives in Northants, has worked within Formula One, and has been the long-standing consultant physiotherapist with Bedford Blues Rugby Union Club, for a number of years.

Simon, who has worked with top golfer Ian Poulter for the last five years, sees the Americans as tough opposition but is predicting a win for the European team who are defending the title after their victory at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010.