Is it worth it?

One of the best bits of my job is working with young people and helping them recover from injury and to achieve their sporting ambitions. I am very lucky to be involved with the local climbing squads (and others across the country) where I spend a little bit of time each year assessing them and…

4000⁴ + new friends = good times

Great few days in Morocco with some new buddies pottering up some mountains. We managed 4 x 4000m over 40km and about 4000m total ascent. That’ll do for a bit. 

It’s not all about clinical reasoning….

I guess I play the”mountain instructor/physio” card quite a lot and sometimes I wonder why. All physios can assess and treat all problems whether you’re a footballer or a climber. Does being a climber make me a better physio? I don’t think so but it makes me a better communicator. Especially to climbers. So, here’s…

Free physio? Really?

Yup, I can be persuaded. Basically I’m running an injury screening clinic at UCR on 10th December from 2pm. Just a chance to have a chat about what ails you and see if it’s worth doing something about it. Click this link to reserve a slot.  free physio Right, I’m off to Morocco. 

Should you train your forearm extensors?

Its not often I like to go against the tide but if research is done that states clearly something which should be widely known then I am happy to do so. In this case I carried out the research but it is fairly water-tight so after much deliberation I have finally decided to put it…

Functional Training

With only 3 weeks to go I have started being a bit more specific with my training. Riding bikes and jogging round the park don’t really prepare you for climbing mountains. I’ve got 4 of them to walk up in Morocco soon so thought I’d run up and down the nearest steep hill hereabouts a…

Stamina takes time and persistence

Today I tried to maintain pace and it felt fast to the end but it turns out not. Strava is a good way to compare performance with how you actually felt; it would appear I have 90 minutes of speed in me then it drops off sharply.  Must do more. Check out my ride on…

This doesn’t happen everyday

Had a nice job today at Newport Transporter bridge abseiling to raise money for the local children’s hospital. All on behalf of Noah’s Ark Appeal and organised by Dave Talbot Adventures. Tip top. Not a normal day for a physio and lots of fun.

So, running can hurt

A surprise to no one but importantly it is better to understand why. In my case, a mild, but painful inflammation which increased my time around the half marathon by 20 mins. Shame, I was on for a good time. So limping, wincing and buoyed on by the crowd I hobbled to the finish.  Lessons…

Tools of the trade

I’m quite strong with tough hands but after 10 years of treating people I’ve been on the look out for something to help me reach those more awkward areas. I have been enjoying the annual conference if the AACP (acupuncture people); learning lots about cranial stuff, men’s health and treating backs as well as paediatric…

What pain looks like

Pain is the least understood element of medicine; there’s too much subjectivity. What is 6/10 for one might be 4/10 for someone else. We ask this question of our clients every consult and virtually everyone says something along the lines of, “I’m not very good at answering that sort of thing” or, “I’ve got quite…