Seagulls swoop in for hospital health check

Lunges, crunches and leaps were the order of the day when players from the Weston-super-Mare Football Club, the Seagulls’, popped into Weston General Hospital.

The football players came to the hospital to see the expertise on hand in the Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy departments and to get some advice on how to look after their joints, muscles and bones.


Photo shows (from left to right): Jason Seaton, Physiotherapist; Syd Camper, Seagulls; Dr Mike Radford, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon; Jake Llewellyn, Seagulls; Ryan Northmore, Seagulls Manager; Bradley Ash, Seagulls; and Dayle Grubb, Seagulls Captain.


Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Mike Radford, was on hand to discuss looking after their joints, on and off the pitch.


Weston General Hospital's highly qualified specialists provide treatment and orthopaedic surgery for the lower limb (foot and ankle, hip and knee), upper limb (hand and wrist, shoulder and elbow), soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal health and degenerative spinal problems.


Dr Mike Radford, consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: “"A lot of footballers, rugby players, netballers and hockey players are susceptible to knee injuries that can have catastrophic consequences for their knees in later life. Here at Weston we have a world class team concentrating on preventing injury and guiding rehabilitation post-operatively should the worst happen.


Photo shows Dr Mike Radford with Seagulls Manager, Ryan Northmore:


“We pride ourselves on the level of expertise available which we believe is on a par with the premier rehabilitation services throughout the country currently available to elite professional athletes."


After some Orthopaedic advice, the players were then put through a rigorous session in the physiotherapy gym by our specialist knee, sports rehab and conditioning specialist, Jason Seaton.



Ryan Northmore, Weston AFC Manager, said: "My own playing career was brought to a premature end because of a knee injury and I wish I had the level of support on offer at Weston General Hospital to rehabilitate my injury. Hopefully the players that joined in the session will appreciate the hard work and expertise needed to rehabilitate a career threatening injury and invest more time in their own injury prevention programmes.”