29 November 2022 – Podium Analytics (“Podium”), the NGO and charity committed to reducing injury in sport, is delighted to welcome Tim Henman OBE, former British professional tennis player, as an Athlete Ambassador.
Tim joins Podium’s growing team of experts focused on accelerating the understanding of youth sports injury. Having suffered a sports injury to the elbow at the age of 11, an injury that still impacts him today and which at the time stopped him from playing tennis for six months and competing for two years, Tim advocates for more research in youth sport with the goal of preventing avoidable injuries and improving training techniques.
As a member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) Board and the Founder of the Tim Henman Foundation, Tim will support Podium in its efforts to connect with the tennis community across the UK, to collect data on injury and sporting activity in young people so that solutions can be developed to lower the injury risk in tennis and other sports.
Commenting on his appointment, Tim Henman OBE said: “I have first-hand experience of injury preventing me from playing the sport I love. My experience has made me deeply aware of how injuries in sport can have a huge impact on athletes - both physically and mentally - and how some are avoidable. I’m excited to be working with Podium to help understand the root cause of injuries and prevent them from happening in the future. With more research and more advanced technology and analysis, we can be far more specific looking at injury prevention which will be extremely valuable to the next generation of athletes.”
Andy Hunt, CEO of Podium Analytics, said: “We are thrilled to have Tim on board as an Athlete Ambassador. Having experienced the lasting effect of injuries in youth sport, he truly understands the importance of what we are doing. Our work is enabling teachers and coaches to better track and manage injury in young players. We want coaches to be confident in teaching safe training techniques, ensuring more players can continue to enjoy playing tennis and all sport for longer.”
Tim Henman is one of England’s most successful tennis players. He reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4 on three occasions between 2002 and 2004, and ranked as the British No. 1 player in 1996, and again from 1999 to 2005. He is renowned for reaching four semi-finals at Wimbledon and reached six major semi-finals overall, as well as winning fifteen career ATP Tour titles. Tim retired from professional tennis in late 2007 but remains very active in the sports world as an AELTC Board Member and important member of the Wimbledon tennis club. He has also been part of the commentary team for the BBC coverage of the Wimbledon Championships since 2008.