Five minutes with Charlotte Hopper

What is your profession? 

I am a Sports Therapist with 3 years experience. I work in the NHS as a senior MSK clinician with specialities in paediatrics, rehabilitation and return to sport. I also work for a football club and rugby club in the evenings and at weekends.

How did you train for your profession? 

I initially completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Bath University alongside competitive swimming. However, I did not find my passion when doing this and decided to go travelling for a couple of months to figure things out. When COVID hit I made the decision to come home from Asia as we were unsure on how long the lockdown would be for. I decided to look into some other degree options as I knew I wanted to continue studying. I came across Sports Therapy and decided to sign up to this at New Buckinghamshire University. I completed my masters degree within 1 year and joined the NHS onto a graduate scheme and it has only really developed and progressed from there.

How has your career been so far?

I have really made sure that I make connections everywhere I go, and throw myself into all opportunities that present themselves. From this I have then been able to progress in roles, try new things and find new passions. I am really enjoying my current working pattern, as well as allowing myself to have a good work life balance for my hobbies and interests.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I will always try to prioritise health and fitness, so this will include going to the gym 3x a week and playing netball 2x a week. I currently work 5 long days a week but within these days I will go from different roles which helps break up the caseload and specialties which I am lucky to be able to do.

What do you like most about your work?

I really enjoy chatting with my patients and getting to know them. I feel this is really important in aiding the recovery and helping understand exactly what their concerns are, to set some realistic goals and ensure they are receiving the correct care. I am also super lucky to work with all different age ranges from 1 year olds to 80 years olds, as well as different athletic levels from patients who struggle to exercise to those that do way too much exercise.

What recommendations do you have for clients who may be thinking about or actively looking for professional help?

A lot of people put off treatment because they are afraid of the diagnosis in case it is something serious, or something that requires something more invasive. It is really important to check out all aches and pains so that you can keep yourself fit and healthy and continue being able to exercise and we are here to help and keep you reaching your personal goals.