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FITNESS IN SPORT


Facilities include an indoor 4G surface and camera systems allowing on-field movement analysis


their progress through the rehabilitation journey and this is why we designed the centre with initial water rehabilitation sessions starting at the base of the building and working up to the final fitness pitch recovery sessions on the top floor.” The London clinic houses three floors


of modern rehabilitation spaces, which are typically associated with elite sports or a military rehabilitation environment. There are three specific treatment, testing and recovery gyms, a multi-depth 50sq m aqua therapy pool and an indoor 4G field. The centre is also equipped with a camera system and light reaction technology for on-field movement analysis, as well as Technogym fitness kit, including a Leg Press MED, specifically designed for sport rehabilitation. Alongside this, there are a series of consulting suites and relaxation areas


which have been designed to make the patient feel more at home, calm and comfortable. Isokinetic London is now home to some of the leading practitioners in the field of sports and physical medicine, such as Dr Phil Batty and Dr Matthew Stride. Dr Batty previously held the position of senior team doctor for the English Rugby Football Union and also worked with Manchester City FC when the team won the Premier League title. Dr Stride’s experience spans both sport and the military, having formerly held positions at Headley Court and in professional football with Chelsea Football Club’s Academy and as Team Doctor for Brentford Football Club.


THE FUTURE IS CONNECTED Dr Della Villa remains passionate about the concept he has created and says


that Isokinetic’s approach – to put the patient at the heart of the rehabilitation – may seem a no-brainer, but is rarely implemented at other centres, especially in the UK where the healthcare system has a reputation for being somewhat disjointed. Della Villa also sees the sharing of Isokinetic’s knowledge, practises and pathologies as being of paramount importance to the future of sports medicine and rehabilitation. He says that his concept – which is based on “meeting of the minds and a consistent drive for innovation” – has been crucial in setting Isokinetic apart from other clinics. “Prevention is the answer,” Della Villa adds. “The more we can educate and implement our knowledge and training, the healthier the economics of injury become for all parties involved.” l


Isokinetic in brief


■ Company founded: 1987 in Bologna ■ Isokinetic London opened 29th September 2014 and officially on 11th November 2014


■ 11 Harley Street is a Howard de Walden Estate property


■ Isokinetic London was designed by Sonnemann Toon Architects


■ Number of centres around the world: 8 ■ Oldest and youngest patient: 7 and 94 ■ Number of patients: 11,000 per year (1,200 in London)


Mike Davison is director of Isokinetic UK and runs the operations at 11 Harley Street 76


■ Most common injury: anterior cruciate ligament of the knee (ACL)


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