Physio makes a splash at international waterskiing championships

A newly-qualified physio treated water skiers as old as 80 as an international water skiing competition came to the UK.


Physio Natalie Jones water skiing

Natalie Jones, who works at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Shropshire, was appointed official physiotherapist to the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation Europe and Africa over-35s championships, which were held in Cambridge in September.

Around 150 competitors took part in the event, with the British team taking the gold medal. Ms Jones’ father Keith Jones was part of the British team and came third overall.

The most frequent complaints were lower back pain and knee injuries, Ms Jones told Frontline, although the biggest alarm was caused by a competitor who broke their toe and then had an allergic reaction to an injection they were given at a nearby hospital.


Physio Natalie Jones with her father Keith Jones who came third in the championships

‘I represented GB as a junior water skier, and my Dad was in this competition, so I had an interest already,’ Ms Jones said.

‘I would love to work at more water skiing championships, although there is very little budget, so it would have to be largely self-funded.’

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