Tara McDonagh – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

I am Staffordshire local who studied Physiotherapy at Keele University. I graduated in 2010 and have since gone on to work in various settings including the NHS and the Ministry of Defence. During my time in the NHS I gained experience in multiple specialities including orthopedics, respiratory, falls prevention but was always drawn back to musculoskeletal work.

After 4 years with the NHS, I decided I wanted to broaden my knowledge and took the leap into working for the Ministry of Defence. To start with I worked as an Exercise Remedial Instructor teaching rehabilitation exercises to military staff. I was able to utilise the on-site gyms and various bits of equipment to run daily rehab classes for those under the care of Physios. I then moved to a Regional Rehabilitation Unit as a Physiotherapist. Here, I was able to take the exercise prescription skills I had gained and put them to use again working with a group of mixed forces staff who would come in for a 3-week intensive course of rehab. Alongside the exercises, I was able to utilise my Physiotherapy skills and treat using methods such as manual therapy, massage, and acupuncture.

As well as working full time I have also spent any free time involved in football. From 2011 I have been volunteering as the Physio for a local football team (Brocton FC) and I worked for 2 years as a part-time Academy Physiotherapist for Wolverhampton Wanderers. During this time I covered games pitch-side as well as provided treatment and assessment during clinic evenings. I also help with the conditioning side of training for Brocton and put on circuit training/spin classes for the players to take part in.

I have completed courses in Acupuncture, Pilates, shoulder injuries, Intermediate First Aid in Sports and ACL rehabilitation. My special interests include Spinal Problems, Joint Problems, Headaches, Acupuncture, Sports Injuries and Exercise Rehabilitation.

When I am not at work, I spend my time watching football and circuit training.