Maria Costello is known as 'Queen of Bikes' for good reason – she's one of Europe's top female bike racers. Her career began in 1995 and she held the World Record as fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course for several years. She’s the first woman in the history of that famous race to stand on the podium, too. Maria’s also won nine trophies at Manx Grand Prix races. She's acted as a stunt double for famous actresses, including Reese Witherspoon and Tamzin Outhwaite and been awarded an MBE.
“I get to race all over the world. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world most of the time,” says Maria.
But it's not all been a smooth ride to success.
Racing two years ago, Maria suffered a serious leg break. Looking for local sports therapy, Maria, who comes from Northampton, discovered Bespoke Injury Management on twitter.
Donna from Bespoke Injury Management met with Maria to discuss becoming part of Maria’s support team. The meeting went well. And from there, work on rehab and getting Maria back to racing fitness began.
“Our rehab plan focussed on battling scar tissue, getting the muscles to work better and building up strength,” recalls Maria.
But it wasn’t just about the physical healing – part of Donna’s job was to help keep Maria positive and on track.
"Through treating Maria, I’ve learned just how committed professional sports people are. Injuries are not going to hold them back," says Donna. "I really enjoy working with such a motivated professional, who’s happy to take on board any new ideas."
"It can be hard at times to keep someone motivated through a long injury," adds Donna, "but we seem to have a great relationship. We bounce off one another.
And Maria agrees.
“It’s great to have Donna as part of my back-up team. I go to see her every week when I need to She’s really positive with me and you need to have people around you like that, especially in a sport like mine where you can get hurt,” she says.
“If I’m having a bad day, Donna will help me to find a positive. I’d like to have her on my team forever. She has a great work ethic and is a little diamond. When I win the lottery, I’d employ her full-tome. I can’t speak highly enough of her and totally recommend her.”
When Maria came back from her leg injury in 2013, she went on to have one of her best seasons ever. Bespoke Injury Management continues to work with the superstar.
Of course, you don’t need to be an elite sports player to benefit from Bespoke Injury Management therapy. We’re committed to getting you back to your sport, job or lifestyle, whatever your level of fitness.
So, if you’d like to chat with or see Donna Norman from Bespoke Injury Management, why not pop into Oxford Street Therapy Centre, call 01933 224454 or 07814 396872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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