Childhood ambition fulfilled as Aimee steps in for stricken Cosh
CHELTENHAM Town physiotherapist Aimee Smith is ready to take on more responsibility for the squad in the absence of Tommy Cosh, who broke his femur in a horrible accident, writes Laura Fell.
The 23-year old physio was looking after players in the youth squad, but is now stepping up to take care of the academy and first team players.
Smith works with the footballers on a day-to-day basis in training and is on hand to support the players on match day.
"It's pretty full-on and depends on what the players need," she said.
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"I will do massages, specific treatments, strapping and deal with any injuries incurred in training. I will also assist with rehabilitation and give them football-related strengthening exercises."
Cosh, who has been the Cheltenham Youth physio since the start of this season, broke his femur in a fall at the training ground.
Though he is recovering, progress will have to be slow.
Smith said: "He's doing all right but he has been having complications. He is not allowed to do anything for six weeks, so has to stay in bed. I think he's very bored.
"He is still staying as involved as he can, sending his best wishes to the team, checking on the players and keeping up with the results."
The Cheltenham-based physio also works in her own massage clinic BodyFix in the town centre, which focuses not only on sports injuries but also on muscle strains and other complications which can be caused by sitting in the office all day.
"As well as Swedish massage treatments I also offer rehab services if needed. I can prescribe stretches to do in the mornings and evenings and offer posture-specific exercises."
For Smith, physiotherapy was a childhood ambition and she is becoming more and more involved with the team.
"I knew I wanted to be a football physio from the age of seven," she said.
"I was at a game in my home city Coventry and saw someone run on to the pitch to treat an injured player. I knew that's what I wanted to do. I did physiotherapy at the University of Gloucestershire and have lived in Cheltenham ever since."