Richard Fidler talks sport with

Michael Lee.
Michael Lee.
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Michael Lee, is a Specialist Physiotherapist and Sports Scientist at based at Virgin Active, Millhouses, and specialises in physiotherapy, podiatry and massage. Michael, a consultant to Leicester City, is the only practitioner in South Yorkshire to be certified in Kinesio Taping – tape worn by sports people to aid injuries.

What have you been doing today?

I started at 6am to complete a 10km run in preparation for the Paris Marathon, which I’m taking part in this April. I began physiotherapy at Mi.To Therapy at 8am and finished at 9.30pm. Although it’s long hours, I enjoy the job, because many patients with chronic pain leave with reduced symptoms or none at all. What I love about the day is that there is a great variety of injuries that come through the door. This allows me to apply the best treatments available such as manipulation, injections, acupuncture, massage and Kinesio taping. At 11pm, I finished off a presentation that I’ll deliver at a Vancouver Sports Medicine Conference.

Who is your inspiration?

Lionel Messi with his ‘never give up’ attitude. Although he is one of the smallest players on the field, he is certainly the most effective. His work ethic is incredible and all for the benefit of the team.

Which sports star did you admire when growing up?

Former dual code rugby player Jason Robinson was an amazing player who could change a game in the blink of an eye. His vision was second to none.

What’s your favourite (other) sport?

Rugby Union.

When was the last time you cried?

When I saw my beautiful wife, Joyce, walk down the aisle.

What are you most proud of?

I managed to rehabilitate stroke patient, Kate Allatt, who had Locked-in syndrome, from being wheelchair-bound to being able to run independently in just 18 months. This is something that’s never been done in history. It was a testimony to the hard work, determination and dedication from a lady who wanted to be as mobile as possible.

The best advice you have received?

Life is to be enjoyed, always think positive!

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I’ve always been hands on since I was 16 when I complete a Sports Massage Diploma. I’ve always got great results and it just got better from there.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

The first time I had to deliver a Sports Science lecture in a conference with 1,000 people because the speaker was ill. It was tough being dropped into the deep end.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I’m confident and I’ve never doubted my ability or decisions.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

It’s a brilliant way to connect with patients and let people know what I can offer. It’s also a great way for my patients to leave recommendations too.

How do you relax away from sport?

I love to make and play music. From a young age I’ve been been taught how to sing and play guitar, bass, piano and drums.

Where was your last holiday – and would you go again?

My wife and I went to Dusseldorf in Germany for our wedding anniversary. We found out that they eat a lot of pork and drink a lot of beer. Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite – if not, who provides the perfect meal??

Nowadays, my lovely wife provides all the meals for me. I do know how to cook (perhaps I should cook more?) from spending six years cooking at my dad’s Chinese takeaway – Canton House, on Chesterfield Road. I do a great chicken fried rice and beef in black bean sauce.

Why do you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with elite athletes and managers such as Sven-Göran Eriksson and Sir Clive Woodward. Although I’ve had the opportunity to work at a high level it’s nice to see that I’m still normal like everyone else.