Meet Anna Zickerman, the DP World Tour Sports activities Drugs Specialist

Meet Anna Zickerman, the DP World Tour Sports activities Drugs Specialist

How did you get into sports activities medication?
After I was taking a look at profession choices at college my PE Instructor urged sports activities medication. My plan was to spend 5 years at college after which arrange my very own clinic in Dubai. It didn’t fairly work out like that. I realised that after college I had a lot extra finding out to do to get totally certified and at the moment sports activities medication didn’t even exist in England. I did my common follow coaching and my Masters MSC course in Nottingham in sports activities and train medication. This was pioneer work in 2000.

The place did you go from there?
I utilized by means of the Royal Faculty of Surgeons of Eire to get my fellowship in sports activities and train medication the place they recognised my intensive expertise and {qualifications}. I lived in Leicester for 14 years the place I labored with Leicester Metropolis, Leicester Tigers and with UK Athletics in Loughborough; the place I additionally established the primary NHS musculoskeletal companies. In 2003 I moved to Harrogate and began to work at Harrogate Hospital with the orthopaedic division whereas organising additional neighborhood primarily based musculoskeletal companies for the encompassing trusts. On the similar time I used to be persevering with to develop my expertise, gaining a diploma in MSK ultrasound scanning and began educating injection methods to GPs.
I quickly realised {that a} sports activities medication specialist was the equal of a GP in our discipline, needing substantial triage expertise, as an preliminary go to particular person for athletes and the lively inhabitants, overlapping with the next areas of the trade; common follow, rehabilitation, rheumatology, cardiology, orthopaedics, radiology, and plenty of extra. We’ve to be a Jack of all trades, but recognise when to refer on. In essence, we see something and the whole lot. We diagnose the issue and determine the trigger, use our expertise to clarify, educate and deal with. We use a methodical, built-in strategy, making use of our sturdy community of specialists for optimum restoration.

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When did you come back to Dubai?
I used to be by no means away for very lengthy as my mother and father lived right here however I formally moved again to Dubai in 2006 and obtained all the mandatory DHA and DHCC licenses. In reality each authorities created a brand new title for my expertise that had not existed within the Dubai Well being trade earlier than: the sports activities medication specialist. I began work in a polyclinic known as Australian Household Care in Well being Care Metropolis. I additionally obtained concerned overlaying the Rugby Sevens and ATP tennis in addition to some operating occasions and regularly constructed up a powerful consumer base, tending to their accidents, whereas selling well being and wellness.
I realised that I wanted an built-in workforce strategy to make the affected person journey a lot simpler, so lastly in 2010 we discovered Villa on Al Wasl Highway, in Jumeirah, reverse Choithrams and established the primary Upandrunning clinic, beginning with 5 staff. This was a giant leap of religion.

Then how did you broaden with Upandrunning?
We realised we wanted Upandrunning branches to achieve out to the broader inhabitants in Dubai. With my sturdy golf hyperlink, it made sense to take a look at the golf golf equipment to begin with. We talked with Jumeirah Golf Estates after which Dubai Golf and are proudly celebrating our fifth 12 months of providing sports activities rehabilitation companies at Emirates Golf Membership, not too long ago increasing to a 3rd room. Our HQ moved to a bigger villa additional down Al Wasl Highway and extra not too long ago we opened an Upandrunning department at DIFC for simpler entry to our lively company sufferers.

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How do you see your future in Dubai for you, Upandrunning and the trade?
As an entrepreneur with a powerful imaginative and prescient, we labored actually laborious to determine ourselves out there. I used to be extraordinarily proud that this was recognised and was offered an award by the Dubai Well being Authority for recognition as a distinguished chief. Being a sole investor nevertheless has been difficult. Sadly, now we have made some poor investments, however that’s all the time the case in rising a enterprise. Now, 11 years later, we’re stronger than ever and as such have began looking for the correct companions to workforce up with. We’d like to work extra in golf and have one other base at one other thriving golf facility. With big aspirations, there’s a lot extra we will supply if we solely had the area to take action. We’re very optimistic about our trade on this a part of the world, not solely with a younger, lively rising inhabitants however extra so with the ever-increasing world class sporting services being constructed and the internet hosting of so many worldwide sporting occasions; many who we might like to get extra concerned with. These are thrilling occasions forward for Upandrunning.