Join us today as we introduce Stuart Gordon, sports therapist, expert physio, and the UK based co-host of the Born to Be Barefoot podcast. Today, Stuart talks about his own experience – as a former athlete turned sports therapist, how did he add podcast host to his resume? Spoiler alert – the mechanics of barefoot science may have had a little to do with it all: “It’s not enough just to tell them (my patients) what’s wrong. We need to provide them with a solution.” With over 30 years of experience in his field of movement, therapy & functional medicine, he’s treated people from all walks of life – from football stars to Sunday golfers, Ultra-trail runners to superstar veterinarians and everyone in between: Stuart helps bring the science behind balance, movement and Barefoot Science to life.
Since starting his own practice as a Sports Therapist in 1992, Stuart Gordon has treated a vast array of Muscular Skeletal problems in both adults and children. As a Dip Phys. Ed., ITEC Sports Therapist, Anatomy Trains Fascial Release and Structural Bodyworker, Stuart has clients ranging from Olympic and World Champions, professional sportsmen and women, ballet dancers, equestrian competitors, professional singers & musicians to everyday people in the general public suffering from the aches & pains associated with work, life and play.
His own experiences as a talented athlete and young professional footballer framed his interest in sports injuries, suffering a career ending injury. Returning to college he trained in sports coaching, worked as a sports manager at a Country Club and managed a London based Squash club before training as a Sports Therapist and remedial masseur.
He believes this early understanding and experience of a broad base of sport and movement has proved invaluable in his subsequent career.
Stuart’s awareness of the importance of foot biomechanics led to him training in the assessment for, and fitting of heat mouldable orthotics in 1993. His growing awareness of balanced functional movement led him to studying myofascial and viscera-fascial release, and it’s connection to proprioceptive nerve function. His introduction to BarefootScience insoles brought together these different factors and gave him a platform to help clients resolve many biomechanical issues, most recently adding in assessments using his Optogait system to provide data and measured
Stuart lectured in Sports Therapy and Sports Massage at Farnborough College, Hants and taught Advanced and Remedial massage techniques at various professional development courses across the UK.