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Aaron flying high after specialist physio

A five times world champion in the fairly new sport of kite surfing is now involved in the sport once again, just a year after a devastating injury left him unsure when he would be able to get back to action

Aaron Hadlow, 24, has had his fair share of spills since he has been in the sport. He began flying large kites when he was 10 and started kite surfing in 2000 at the age of 12, taking part in the UK amateur event the following year, in which he gained third place.

Now sponsored by Red Bull, Hadlow suffered a serious injury to his right knee in February 2012 while shooting a short promotional video for the company. Seriously damaging his anterior cruciate ligament and tearing the medial and lateral meniscus, the repair was performed by Andrew Williams, one of the world’s most renowned knee surgeons. Hadlow then went on to an intensive course of specialist physio to bring him back up to speed.

After nine months of intensive physio, Hadlow has now fully recovered and is back kite surfing, making promotional videos and training for his next big competition. Without specialist physio treatment to strengthen the successful initial repair to his damaged knee, Hadlow recognises that he may not have been so lucky and attributes his continued participation to the skill of both his surgeon and his physiotherapist.

Rehabilitative physiotherapy is particularly important for professional sportsmen, who need to restore their full range of movement quickly. Hadlow is now looking forward to the 2016 Rio Games when kite surfing will make its debut as an Olympic sport.

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