My Job in Connacht - Rachel Wyer, Physiotherapist
Rachel studied Biomedical Engineering at NUIG and worked with Abbott Vascular in San Francisco for two years. She then had a change of career and returned to college to study Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
When did you join Connacht?
I began shadowing in the Physiotherapy department in 2010, completed an internship the following season and have been employed full time since.
What do you do?
I am a full time physiotherapist working with the senior and academy players. I manage short and long term injuries, work with the boss Gavin Malouf on home match days in the Sportsground and cover all Eagles games. I am also involved in the management of age grade injuries from U-17 up to U-20. What's a typical day like?
Mondays can be a bit like an A&E waiting room at times! We review new injuries first thing from 8.0 or before. We then spend most of the day treating players, strapping for training, meeting with coaches and completing medical notes and injury reports. You can't really plan your day because you never know who will walk in the door next!
What is the best part of your job?
Seeing a player return to playing after injury, be it short or long-term. Also being part of the club journey and all the changes over the last few years.
Most memorable match?
Beating Leinster 34-6 at the Sportsground in September 2012. It was probably the best interpro win. The atmosphere was brilliant and it was such a great start to the season.