This season saw the appointment of a new First Team Physio – Anthony Adeyileka

Anthony, who has a First Degree in Sports Biomedicine and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at St Georges University of London, gives us the info on his background and ambitions this season.

How long have you been a Physiotherapist?
I was appointed by the club almost three months ago, joining in pre-season at the beginning of July.

What is your previous experience?
I have worked at VCD Athletic FC, and also Enfield 1893 FC prior to joining Dartford FC.

Why did you want to become a Physio?
I am interested in the welfare of people. I wanted to have an impact on how they move and aid in their rehabilitation after injuries and other conditions so they can integrate back into their everyday lives with ease.

What’s involved in your role?
During the week, I prepare the players for training sessions and match days. This involves treatments such as massage, stretching, strapping and rehab exercises. On a Matchday I am in the dugout pitchside where I attend to players who may become injured during the match. I assess acute injuries and prescribe therapeutic management procedures to follow for those injuries. I also work closely with the Club Doctor Richard Dunn and the Osteopath Akhil Patel to make sure the players receive the best treatment. Post-match, I am responsible for the cool-down session for the players, this helps improve their fast recovery following a match.

What have you learnt in your time at Dartford FC so far?
That it is very important to work with the manager and coaching staff in order to improve team cohesion and develop my interprofessional skills. There’s a good and friendly atmosphere here, all the staff have been welcoming and I’ve started to pick up on our fans’ match day choruses and also some of the players’ favourite songs too.

What’s the best part about being a Physio?
I am doing something I love! The best part ahead of anything is seeing the players get back onto the pitch after an injury spell where I have aided in their rehabilitation. A great example was seeing Danny Harris coming back from injury – I helped with his return and I’m pleased with the results we’ve achieved together.

What do you want to achieve this season at Dartford FC?
It goes without saying, myself and the team all want to see promotion, but personally I’m looking forward to gaining more experience in terms of developing my skills and learning more about the club.