Head of World Cycling, UCI President Brian Cookson OBE has recently taken time out of a frenzied schedule to perform the open ceremony of NJD Sports Injury Centre, which is situated in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Over 80 people attended the open day. Many took part in various taster sessions on offer such as Boot Camp, Pilates and Yoga. Others took the opportunity to listen to professional advice on nutrition and Well-Man clinic which included advice and support for obesity, diabetes and blood pressure. The new, larger centre offers a broader range of facilities and services. This modern day, multidisciplinary approach combines all aspects of Sports Therapy/Physical Therapy with Sports Science. The centre includes clinic rooms, dedicated video analysis and computerised Bicycle Fitting, dedicated rehab area, large activity/educational room. This room enables Pilates, Yoga, Foam Rolling classes in addition to a variety of CPD workshops.

Brian, a long-standing client of the clinic, has close links with NJD Sports Injury Centre owing to their specialist work with cyclists – i.e. injury management, rehabilitation, computerised bike-fitting and aspects of strength and conditioning. The highly qualified team within the centre all hold BSc (Hons) and MSc (distinctions)-degrees associated either with Sports Science or Sports Therapy. The clinic is well known for its evidence-based (scientific) approach across its services. The team’s combined experience includes working at the World Mountain Running Championships, London Olympics and Paralympics and the former Sports Therapist to the Great Britain Cycling Teams.

After helping British Cycling avoid insolvency in 1996, Brian was credited with turning British Cycling around. Under his presidency from 1997 to 2013, in an unpaid role, British Cycling won 19 Olympic Gold medals, 28 Paralympic Gold medals and the Tour de France twice. Following an acrimonious campaign, Brian succeeded in becoming UCI president in September 2013.

The Centre aims to develop a wide range of evidence based CPD workshops in Massage, Electrotherapy, Rehab techniques and Bikefit-Package etc. The Centre has been in discussion with the local university (UCLAN) with regard to employing a newly graduated Sports Therapist.

Nick Dinsdale said “The Team are highly honoured and very grateful to Brian Cookson for taking time out to open our new Centre. Brian’s diary is FULL, finding a spare weekend was difficult, especially now that he is based in Switzerland at the UCI Headquarters. Brian did offer to open our Centre when he comes to the UK in July to start the Tour de France off – but his only availability was mid-week.”

For more information contact Nicholas Dinsdale BSc (Hons), MSc, LCSP on nick@njdsportsinjuries.co.uk or visit his website at www.njdsportsinjuries.co.uk


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