About

Ian Mulrooney, Sports & Injury Therapist
(Adv. Dip. Sports Therapy, MFHT, ATSI Practitioner, PT)

Background

Ian is a Sports & Injury Therapist, graduating from the Active Health Group, Manchester in 2009 with a Distinction in Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy.  Ian is also an Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner, having graduated in June 2012.

Continued Professional Development

Ian regularly attends workshops and courses to ensure his knowledge is current and up to date.  These are many and varied, including Fascial Dissections, Visceral and Neural manipulation, Cranio Sacral Therapy,  Myofascial Release, Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning.  These courses are delivered by world leading practitioners, including Jean-Pierre Barral, Gail Wetzler, Caroline Barrow, Art Riggs, Noah Karesch, Julian Baker, James Earls, Larry Phipps, Leon Chaitow, to name just a few.

Ian, as well as a Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner has completed the Visceral Manipulation curriculum (Visceral Manipulation 1 to 6)  offered by the the Barral Institute.  He attended the and completed Cranial Sacral Therapy 1 and 2, Somato Emotional Release 1 with the Upledger Institute.  He is also a qualified Otago Exercise Programme Leader, a Level 1 and Level 2 Be Activated for Therapists and Trainers and is a Kinesiology Tape Instructor.  He qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer with NASM and is embarking on a Strength and Conditioning certification with APEC.  In July 2017 Ian also completed a Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and Studies with the Metanoia Institute.

In the field

Ian has been lucky enough to work in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and across Europe, including Norway, Sweden and Austria.  He has worked dancers (contemporary and ballet), cross-country and biathlon skiers, downhill skiers, ice hockey and bandy teams and players, triathletes, cyclists, league and union players and footballers, professional and amateurs.

Ian has also supported celebrities, individuals, teams and groups on cycling events across the UK, North America and Europe, helping them achieve their goals, maintain fitness, health and well being on their at times arduous journeys.  Planning and managing all aspects of these events, including routes, hotels, food, feeding stations, participant well being and preparation.

Membership

In the UK Ian is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the International Association of Structural Integrators, and is registered with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council as a Sports Therapist.  Ian has participated in a number of sporting fields including long distance running, triathlon, rugby league, rugby union, body building, skiing, walking, snow-boarding, weight training, and cycling sportives.  He also spends a lot his time in the gym and cycling around the Yorkshire Wolds, Moors and Howardian Hills with friends.

Why is he a Sports & Injury Therapist?

Ian became a Sports and Injury Therapist following an injury sustained in a cycling accident, a chance meeting with a Sports Therapist and a full recovery.  This prompted him to find out more about helping other people to recover and keep in shape, using the same techniques and strategies.   Thus becoming a Sports Injury Therapist.

Sporting background

As an athlete, Ian started out  as a runner in the early eighties, competing in various events from 10km races to marathons and beyond.  Running for Beckwith Harriers and Harrogate AC he completed over fifty 1/2 marathons and twenty marathons with personal bests of 1:14 for the half-marathon and 2:40 for the marathon.

In search of more challenges Ian moved to other disciplines including fell running, ultra-distance running and triathlon.  Triathlon being his favoured activity, combining running, cycling and swimming.   Ian competed in numerous events, across the country and abroad, of varying distances from the now short course olympic distance to 3/4 ironman distance.

Following a foot injury he concentrated more on cycling and went back to rugby while studying for a BSc (Hons) degree in Information Systems, finally hanging up his boots in 2000 with Knaresborough RFU and Harrogate Rugby League.

Ian then got the gym bug and started weight training, and for six years, toned and developed his body, developing a strong interest in how the body works, nutrition, human movement and posture, always keeping up the cycling.

Laterally, he has returned to running, cycling and swimming competing in several events including the No Ego challenge Head Torch races and a couple of triathlons and several sportives.  Sportives of note include Tour of Flanders and the Mallorca 312, so watch on Teamsw2f.co.uk for his training and blog about his adventures.  Other interests include walks, his grandchildren, cinema, winter sports, cricket and rugby league.