Q&A with our triathlete physio Wendy Casterton
It was always my dream job! My first undergraduate degree was in French, yet with life experience and a personal training and sports massage qualification, I was accepted on to a physiotherapy degree as a mature student. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see my clients smile again once they know they’re recovering from or in control of their physical ailment. As a physio, compared with other medical professionals, we have the privilege of spending a little more time with clients to really get to know them, which really helps with aligning treatment with their goals.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Triathlon. Eating. Sleeping. Little time for much else! My days usually revolve around working in the clinic, two training sessions and organising eating and hydration to optimise fuelling for and recovering from my daily physical expenditure. I have a coach who provides me with my training programme. This ensures that I’m consistently training across the three disciplines, as well as gradually progressing. My plan is periodised with blocks of hard training interspersed with tapers for my main races of the season. On a daily basis, I also perform my own prehab or pre-mobility routine which helps me to stay protected against injury due to overuse or imbalance.
What brings you to Singapore?
I’m excited to bring my physiotherapy experience in both triathlon and women’s health to the amazingly diverse and multicultural place that is Singapore. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get to know better different cultures, both in and out of the clinic, and for my physiotherapy skills to grow as a consequence. Having lived in the UK for the majority of my life I can’t wait for it to be summer all the time, and to be able to swim outdoors (without a wetsuit!) every day of the year.
Written by Wendy Casterton, Physiotherapist, In Touch Physiotherapy, Singapore