Welcome Chris Smith MSc CSCS (Strength and Conditioning Coach and Exercise Rehab Specialist) to The Optimal Sports Therapy Centre.
Optimal are delighted to add its first addition to the team after 11 years of service within the Basingstoke area.
Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with over 15 years of experience along with a Master’s degree (MSc) in the Science of Sports Coaching (Elite athlete development). He also completed his FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine in 2018.
With 30 years of experience of training and working in gyms, most recently Chris spent the last 8 years working as the Fitness Instructor in the Physiotherapy department at Basingstoke Hospital with sole responsibility for running rehab classes and working 1-1 with patients. He has been responsible for developing the ACL classes working alongside the MSK Knee Specialist and developing the post-op protocol to enable patients to return to sport or activities. In 2018, Chris won the Director of Nursing Award (DONA) within Hampshire Hospitals for his work with a patient with a severe back injury.
In the past Chris has provided S & C support and performance development with various sports teams including Southampton RFC, Basingstoke RFC Academy, Rushmoor Royals swimming club and Southampton Gymnastics and Trampolining clubs. He has also trained two British Junior Champions in Gymnastics and Disabled swimming and, whilst at the hospital, assisted in the rehab of a World silver medalist from Team GB Gymnastics.
Outside of work Chris still enjoys running and cycling having previously competed in triathlons over the Olympic distance and came 3rd in his age group over a Middle-distance triathlon back in 2014, along with competing in the 2016 British Duathlon Championship at Windsor. Also, in 2014, completed the “3 Peaks Challenge” with Seb.
If your interested in any advice or expertise in regards to training for the gym or any sports then Chris will be able to help. He can assess your strengths and weaknesses and then provide a tailored training programme to help you reach your goals.
For any enquiries or an appointment call Optimal on 07876351562 and we can book you in as soon as possible. Gym and Field based appointments are available or Virtual is also possible if that is preferred.
This is the perfect time to get prepared for next year and get a good base training before any events next year!!