Chartered Physiotherapist, Viv is the author of the Sports Massage & Advanced Soft Tissue Programmes offered by SPS Ltd.
Viv was appointed as expert consultant in sports massage for Skills Active, the Sector Skills Council for Sport and Active Leisure, and was the lead author of the national occupational standards for sports massage, which subsequently were accepted as the national standards for all areas of massage in the UK by Skills for Health 2011. Viv worked as part of a sports massage expert sub group and wider steering group to update National Occupational Standards for Sports Therapy, which informs employment practice and education in the sector across the UK. Skills for Health have updated the NOS in January 2019, full details can be viewed CNH27 Skills for Health.
Viv has over 35 years experience as a Chartered Physiotherapist looking after ‘athletes’ at all levels up to and including elite performers. An ex welsh international athlete herself and the provider of Physiotherapy & Sports Massage Services to Sports Wales Elite Cymru athletes from 1997-2002 her breadth of experience underpins the SPS courses along with that of colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds.
In addition to working with sporting communities Viv also worked within the NHS in many hospital inpatient & outpatient departments. Her final role as a single-handed community physiotherapist managing individuals of all ages with multiple handicaps has provided an invaluable insight into the needs of less active people who are equally keen to maintain their health & wellbeing.
It is this blend of experience applied to the application of massage and soft tissue manipulation skills for the benefit of all that has led to the diversity of advanced experience offered by SPS to its students on its education courses.
Viv has taught within the education sector in colleges, universities and private education establishments since 1984 across a wide range of topics including sports, injury prevention, sports medicine, sports massage, soft tissue skills and sports specific education programmes.