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We continue our look behind the scenes in our Staff 7 series with seven questions for club physio Alasdair Beattie.
How and why did you get into physiotherapy?
How? Through my A levels and then getting a place at the London School of Physiotherapy. Why? I always wanted to so something medical either medicine, physio - my sister's a physio and I became interested through her.
What qualifications do you need?
Four A levels and it was four years in college, now it's three years. I came out with a Bsc Honours Degree in physiotherapy.
How did you become physio at Spurs?
When I worked at Newham General, Tony Lenihan was in charge of orthopaedics. He then became physio at Spurs and asked if I would like to with the youngsters part-time here. That's when I started at Tottenham, it must be about 10 years ago.
Are there more injuries in football now?
I think there are, primarily with the fact that the speed of the game has changed. It's a lot quicker now. We are also more aware of them as sports medicine progresses.
What is the most frequent injury?
It's more that injuries occur because players have insufficient core stability around the pelvis area which again fits in the with speed of the game and why we see more injuries now.
What do you enjoy most about being at Spurs?
It's great banter with the lads and it's great working with a group of players who always want to get back playing as quickly as they can.
How do youngsters go about getting into physiotherapy?
Certainly A levels. It's quite a popular career move and it's becoming harder and harder to get into physio school. The one thing I would say to anyone who wants to work in football or other sports is to do Junior rotations as a physio on the NHS. That covers a number of things including orthopaedics, neurology, neuro-rehab skills, chest skills. I found that a great help.