I started SportsInjuryFix.com having had regular sports injuries and got frustrated with the inability to quickly and easily find the best local specialists that understood my injury and the sports I did. It was born of frustration. I didn’t want to receive another list of generic exercises, be told not to exercise for 6 months or have someone that wouldn’t take the time to understand the issue and get to the root of the problem. It was also due to a lack of awareness and information of the different professions that could help, to clarify what physiotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, sports rehab specialists, podiatrists etc actually were and how each could help.
There are many experts that are excellent at treating sports injuries and providing advice and guidance to avoid and/or treat injuries. I want to make it easy to find them. I’m not sure whether this will just be a helpful website or whether it will turn into a full time job but it’s a start and I’m loving the feeling of growing and nurturing it in my spare time and learning new things everyday.
As a former footballer and tennis player turned runner and Ironman triathlete, I’ve had my fair share of injuries from either pushing too hard, not listening to my body and a bit of bad luck! I’ve also moved around the country a fair amount. This has meant that I have frequently found myself searching for a good professional to ease the aches and pains or fix the most recent injury. Each time, it’s been a long and expensive process to find someone good.
Talking with friends and family made me realise I was not alone having these frustrations, they are an everyday issue for many people who love sports and exercise. These experiences led me to develop Sports Injury Fix. My idea was to collate open source information on sports injury specialists and create a resource for people like me to quickly and easily search that explains which professions can help and which of these are available in my local area. Businesses can personalise their listings and you can see reviews of professionals and be able to search by location, type, specific sport and/or injury speciality so you can chose the best person for your needs. It’s proving successful so far with hundreds of businesses signing up, we’ve collaborated with three of the major industry associations on helpful articles and have 2,000 unique users a month a growing.
So what does this mean?
It’s certainly made me realise that it’s worth taking the gamble to start something even if you don’t have all the answers at the start. It’s also the case of not being scared to talk to people about your idea and asking for help, it’s amazing the connections and knowledge people have that you never knew.
The Entrepreneur Network seems like a great idea and if anyone is an expert at keeping a website free whilst turning it in to a full time job then please get in touch!
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