Kieran Mote Sports Therapist. BSc

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Kieran Mote

Kieran graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Sports Therapy in 2012 and has since been working full time in the health and fitness industry. He is always striving to improve his knowledge and skills to aid the treatment/recovery of all the clients he treats.

Kieran’s keen eye for issues or abnormalities in a person’s posture can be a wonderful asset to fixing the pain that you may be experiencing on a daily basis. His main focus revolves around athletes and bringing them back to full fitness: however in the years of practice he has so far, he has also helped with a wide range of problems from neck pain, to carpal tunnel syndrome, to M.E. (Myalgic Encephalopathy) and even depression.

His clinical skillset involves various techniques including Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) and Soft Tissue Release (STR), two very effective stretching techniques, kinesio-taping, postural re-education, strengthening and conditioning, and sports rehabilitation to return to sport.

One of Kieran's techniques involves dry needling, a form of acupuncture, which can help with sleep disorders, trigger point release and general stiffness within muscles. To find out more on dry needling, read Kieran's blog titled "Dry Needling and It's Use in the Clinic".

Kieran has a particular interest in various sporting activities including Running, Badminton, Golf, Swimming, Cycling, Combat sports and Football. He is constantly reaching in different directions of the sporting world to get first-hand knowledge of every sport.

Kieran has attended multiple events over the years covering a range of activities. Some of these are:

  • The modern pentathlon world championships
  • HARP 24 running event, attending every year since 2013
  • A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu open competition in Southend
  • Aiding in athletes running the London marathon in multiple therapy events, more recently with the local charity Havens Hospices

Kieran has formed a connection with a well known local runner who aims to make running his profession and decided to sponsor him. Adam Hickey has previously run for team GB at European and world cross country championships, and continues to race in national championship events with a goal to reach the Olympic track event.

Q&A with Kieran Mote

What are your qualifications?

My degree is a BSc in Sport Therapy. I completed the course in three years and graduated in 2012. The degree course comprised all essential ingredients to rehabilitate athletes to full fitness from an injury; whether that be physical or psychological. The most popular trick in my bag is massage, however. It's the technique under most demand, even though it is not always the one most effective for the issue. Mobilising a joint, strength training weak areas or improving flexibility can be a great help for posture based problems.Along with my degree I'm required to always have a valid first aid certificate. This lasts 3 years and gets refreshed when needed.

Why do people come to you?

Quite frequently my patients contact me about an injury that is months old, often something simple to resolve if addressed at the right time. Most of us are guilty of leaving treatment too late: If we injure ourselves or feel a niggle somewhere, we tend to ignore it and try to work around it. However, the moment you decide to do that is when other problems are likely to occur, too. By favouring your left leg due to a soreness in the right knee, you're overusing that left leg, therefore more possible problems involving muscle imbalance or overuse injuries. On the flip side, I also see a fair amount of patients presenting with no major issues, it's just that they feel like something isn't right. As a therapist it is my job to make sure there are no issues, of course, but there are sometimes humorous experiences where no pain is felt at the site of discomfort in any way! That's my cue to say "My work here is done." Often these patients can be apprehensive over any discomfort. It's not just physical therapy I offer; sometimes a person needs the reassurance that everything is running smoothly, and sometimes when putting your body under stress you will experience discomfort. That doesn't always mean that there is an injury, it may just be tissue reforming or adjusting.

Do you have any specialisms?

I specialise in the treatment of running injuries more than anything. Since London 2012 certain sports really kicked up a notch in our local area, running and cycling in particular. So, I fell into my specialism mainly from seeing so many running injuries. I have also had great results with joint mobilisations. An example would be an elderly woman I am currently treating who had a knee replacement last year. But the after-care was insufficient and she is now struggling to use her leg properly. On using some mobilisations on the knee, we are slowly increasing the extension of it. When she approached me her knee couldn't straighten at all. But after a few weeks (so far) the straightening is getting better and better.

What are the typical complaints you can help with?

Most complaints are running related. As a Sport Therapist, I can help with any injury that has resulted from physical activity whether that be a traumatic injury or gradual onset of pain. That physical activity can be exercise related or professional, such as gardening or brick laying. There are a lot of physical jobs that can affect your body over a long term, it's good to keep on top of those niggles and seek treatment as soon as they appear. If you ignore them they are likely to get worse.

What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising? 

There are a few things in the clinic while treating people that can come up in conversation and surprise the patient. Massage for example, is not just for pain relief. It has been proven to help with depression and aid in weight loss too. Of course, there are other aspects to combat those issues and not solely based on massage. Posture can also be corrected if there are any abnormalities; a person working at a desk for example may develop a kyphotic (hunched) upper back, or shoulders begin slumping forward. There is also range of movement limitations that can really make a difference to an athlete's performance, but with the help of a sport therapist, it can be addressed and corrected.

Can you tell us a surprising fact about Sport Therapy? 

Every professional athlete you watch on television or hear about in the media will most likely see a therapist once a day, maybe more, for a full assessment and soft tissue massage. Jessica Ennis's therapist, for example, was also Kelly Holmes's, and when looking after her had her hands full most of the time, helping Kelly get to her double gold Olympics. On meeting her (the therapist) in 2014, she explained how there was one scenario when she had to fly out to Germany just to treat Holmes after an event! So, as unknown as Sport Therapists may be to the public, we are behind the scenes on every big sporting event keeping the athletes on top form.