Ruben Ferreira is a Portuguese physiotherapist currently working in Al Jazira Sports Club – Abu Dhabi, who has a great passion: Sports Medicine! He started his academic career in IPSN – Vale do Sousa Superior School of Health (Portugal) and was during his bachelor degree that he realised sports medicine was his passion within the rehabilitation field. For this reason, he started his experience as a sports physiotherapist in CDUP rugby team in Portugal, still during his graduation time.
After graduation, he started working in a private clinic and dealing with a variety of athletes from different sports. A short time was needed for Ruben to receive an invitation to join SC Braga as football physiotherapist, which motivated his first experience in this sport; at that time Ruben was only 23 years old. This was a very important step in his career once this gave him the opportunity to improve and explore his return-to-field skills out from a clinic perspective into a football club setting, alongside with practice in a football club setup. That time was very rich for Ruben in terms of knowledge and expertise acquisition in sports medicine once, along with this SC Braga’s project, he also worked in a private company dedicated to athletes’ performance enhancement and injury prevention programs, mainly in football players.
Ruben kept his skills and knowledge improvement in sports physiotherapy attending several courses in manual therapy, injury prevention and performance enhancement, while maintained his academic career progression by undergoing a Master Degree in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in ESTSP – Oporto’s Superior Health and Technology School. In 2013, Ruben Ferreira was challenged to be a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor (CKTI) of the Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI). That challenge was accepted and accomplished, turning Ruben into the 2nd Portuguese CKTI and the youngest one until now. Since then, he has been teaching the Kinesio Taping Method® to several students around the world.