Hi! My name is Heidi Dawson and I am the author of Rehab4Runners. I live in Norfolk (UK) with my husband Andy and our crazy cats Ollie and Poppy!
I started writing rehab4runners in late 2012. The idea spawned from the gap I saw online when it came to information for runners regarding injuries, treatment and prevention. Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of sites out there covering this topic. But after spending 5 years working on another sports injury website, I felt that other sites where either too simplistic or outdated in terms of the advice they offered, or too in depth or ‘sciencey’ for your average runner. So, I decided to write my own site, using my knowledge developed through my training and experience which hopefully sits somewhere in the middle! Fairly in-depth and up-to-date information explained in a way that will make sense to those of us without a PhD in Biomechanics! Rehab4Runners was born!
I graduated from St Mary’s College, Twickenham in 2005 with an Honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation. Since then I have been working in Norwich as a Sports Injury Rehabilitator most recently at Mattishall Sports Injury Clinic. I have also worked for the Virtual Sports Injury Clinic – www.sportsinjuryclinic.net.
I enjoy running. When I get around to it and when everything is going well! I won’t lie….I’m a fair weather runner! You won’t see me pounding the pavements in the pouring rain or when there’s snow on the ground!
I started running in 2006 when a friend twisted my arm to complete the Bupa Great South Run (10 miles around Portsmouth). I got bitten by the running bug (despite the rain and gale force winds on the day!) and also completed the ‘Run to the Beat’ half marathon in London in 2008. After struggling around the course with a hip injury my interest in running injuries grew as I attempted (successfully I should add!) to rehabilitate my own injury.
After this I took up my school hobby of Hockey again and so the running took a back seat, but I still run most weeks – just 5k’s at the moment. I would love to do another half marathon at some point as I was really disappointed with my first attempt and know I can do better!
If you’d like to contact me with any feedback, comments, questions or just to say hello – feel free to use my Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org