Bradley Petersen, is the physio for the St Helena Cricket team, all of his work for us is done after hours and at no cost to the Association. Bradley joined St Helena Cricket in the build-up to the qualifiers in Botswana in 2018 and traveled with the squad. Basically, he kept the team ticking over as an area of lack of fitness affected the team after 3 weeks of back-to-back cricket took its toll.
This time fitness sessions take place five times a week and include a recovery session on a Monday evening.
Bradley’s background stems from a degree, B.Sc. in Physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch, and has been able to use his profession as a physiotherapist to travel to different places and for the past 6 years has been calling St Helena Island his home.
Speaking about his time in St Helena he said “It is an amazing experience where I had to call on all my previous experience to be able to deliver a good service to the community.”
Previously Bradley had worked in different sectors of health, public health, private health as well as corporate health and a full circle moment for him was being offered a job as Chief Physiotherapist at Tygerberg Academic Hospital.
Looking into the future, Bradley says that he has always found himself gravitating to the field of Orthopedics as it is an area where you can be at the center of improving someone’s function and quality of life and it’s the reward of being able to have such an impact on an individual is why he continues to improve and strive to be a better physiotherapist.
Speaking about the St Helena Cricket Squad in this new round of qualifiers, on which he will be traveling with them, Bradley says ” maybe we won’t need as many straps and rubs this time around gaffer, as this team is a lot fitter and in great physical condition”
Let’s hope it pays off!