Champion motorcyclist Emma Bristow has paid tribute to a Louth physiotherapist centre for helping her claim a fourth world triumph.
The Alford rider describes winning a second world motorcycle trials championship - her fourth world title in total - was the toughest challenge of her professional career.
The pressure was on Bristow to retain her world trials title, but she picked up a serious wrist injury two-and-a-half weeks before the opening rounds.
Unable to continue her full-time training regime, Bristow feared the worst until she visited Louth Physiofirst Centre for the first time.
She said: “I thought my season was over before it had started and with panic setting in I decided to visit Louth Physiofirst Centre.
“This was my first-ever visit and they fully understood the problem and my short timescale.”
Lead clinician and co-owner Caroline Redding mobilised joints in the injured wrist and suggested ultrasound treatment to help reduce inflammation, pain and accelerate the tissue healing.
Bristow had treatment every day for the week priot to leaving for the World Championships.
“With every treatment my injury began to feel better,” she added. “My physios Caroline and Nick (Collins) were incredible because I was feeling very low not being able to practice on my bike, and worrying about making my injury worse if I did.
“They kept my spirits high and with a couple of days to go strapped me with specialist tape and advised me to go out and try riding.
“The improvement in such a short period of time was unbelievable!”
Bristow arrived in the Czech Republic for the first two rounds of the Women’s World Trials Championship and made sure she kept her injury a secret.
The first day didn’t go to plan with a second-placed finish, one point off the leader, but day two saw her rediscover her world title-winning form to take a clear victory and head the championship.
Bristow never looked back and at the next three rounds won every event to claim the 2015 Women’s World Trials Championship.
The newly-crowned Lincolnshire Sportswoman of the Year paid a visit to the Louth Physiofirst Centre last Thursday to say thank-you in person for the staff’s help in kick-starting her campaign.
Louth Physiofirst Centre has been based at the Fairfield Industrial Estate for more than 16 years.
Originally owed by Margaret Nielsen it was bought by a small Grimsby company, Abacus Physiotherapy, two years ago.
Co-owners Caroline and Nicholas are also the lead clinicians of a highly-qualified team of physiotherapists.
A spokesman said: “This exciting and reliable diagnostic service allows us to effectively look at soft tissues including ligaments, tendons and muscles.
“This provides an accurate diagnosis of injury/pathology, allowing a precisely targeted treatment/rehabilitation program and the reason Emma was able to compete again so quickly after sustaining her injury.”