Clinic Update: Coronavirus and Online Assessments

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Given the tough new measures announced this evening by the Prime Minister, I thought it would be a good time to update you regarding the clinic. Following advice from The Society of Sports Therapists and organisations, such as NHS England and The World Health Organisation, we closed the clinics last week for face-to-face appointments. We are “socially isolating” with our families and will continue to do so until the advice changes.

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Online assessments are here!

We have been successfully trialling and are ready to implement online assessments for the foreseeable time, whilst the restrictions to our lives are in place. These will be in the form of video calls (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) and arranged directly through the therapist. As such, I have turned off online bookings so that we can fit assessments at times that are more convenient to you, rather than the usual set clinic times. Your safety is our priority and therefore there are some considerations that we need to make for online appointments to be as safe and effective as possible:

  • The usual comprehensive injury history and health screening will still take place as part of your assessment.
  • If you have a more complicated medical history, which can effect our ability to perform a full assessment via a video call, we will reserve the right no to continue with the assessment and advice service.
  • Current Patients – If you have recently seen one of our therapists, you can continue your care with online appointments to update the therapist on your progress and for the therapist to advise you on changes to your rehabilitation programme.
  • New Assessments – If you are new to Ed Pratt Sports Therapy we would still love to be able to help you and can offer some general advice regarding your injury and suitable rehabilitation exercises. 
  • This is not the same as a face to face assessment and only more general advice will be given. This is because we will be unable to perform some of the physical tests and assessments that would normally form part of an assessment.

What do you need for online assessments?

  1. Internet / WiFi Connection – as mentioned above either Zoom, Skype, FaceTime will work fine.
  2. Space to move – just because it’s not face-to-face does not mean that you can’t be active and demonstrate the movements / activities that reproduce your symptoms. This goes for us too, we will demonstrate the exercises and movements that we would like you to perform.
  3. Appropriate Clothing – just like a clinic session you will need to move about and your therapist will need to see the injured area.

So what now?

The next few weeks are undoubtedly going to be tough for the vast majority of us, but it is important to remain optimistic, support each other in any way we can and keep in touch with loved ones and friends. Keep active (bet you didn’t know I was going to say that!) by walking, running, taking part in home HIIT classes (of which there are many). According to the new measures, we can leave the house / garden once a day for exercise and it’s important that we take advantage of this opportunity whilst it lasts, whilst still being socially responsible. If you need help or advice with how you can do this, working with your injury, then we are here to help. 

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How to get in touch

If an online assessment is something that you feel would be beneficial you can get in touch with either Ed (initial consultations & follow-up sessions) or Tom (follow-up sessions with current patients only) on the details below (or via the contacts page):

Ed – ed@edprattsportstherapy.com, 07837276444
Tom – tomhowell96@yahoo.com, 07534124848

We will then arrange a time that is suitable for you and see what we can do to help.

Most importantly, stay safe, stay at home and stay active!

Best wishes

Ed, Tom & Amelia.

Supporting The SST Transplant Sport Awareness Week

This week is Transplant Sport UK Awareness week. It is being run in association with The Society of Sports Therapists and Transplant Sport UK is a charity we are happy to support. Some of you will be aware that I do some work for The Society of Sports Therapists and act as Chair of the Communications Group. As part of this role and in the build up to the awareness week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Gill Owens, who is an altruistic living donor. Details of the altruistic donor register can be found here.

Take a look at the interview below and hear in Gills own words why she became and organ donor and how she became a transplant athlete.

On Sunday 10th November I will be attending the inaugural Transplant Sport Conference in Coventry. I’m looking forward to learning more about working with these amazing athletes.

This week we are donating a portion of the takings from the clinics to Transplant Sport UK. If you would like to support this cause you can donate via the link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sst-transplantsport

Welcome to our New Graduate Sports Therapist Tom Howell!

Tom Howell, Graduate Sports Therapist (MSST)

Really pleased to announce that Tom will be joining the Ed Pratt Sports Therapy team. He will be working on Saturday mornings at the Northallerton Clinic. Tom has been working in another clinic in York and was invaluable last year at Northallerton Rugby Club, covering our home games, which has given him an invaluable experience in a wide variety of both acute and more chronic injuries.

After initially graduating from the Sport & Exercise Therapy in 2017, Tom went on to complete a masters degree in Sports & Exercise Medicine, graduating in 2018. For his MSc research project at Leeds Beckett University, Tom investigated the effects of barefoot running on muscle performance and risk of running-related injuries in habitually shod runners. The findings of the study have formed the basis for PhD research at the university.

Tom will be available for bookings from Saturday 7th September between 08:00-13:00. So whether its for a pre-match massage, taping session, an injury assessment or preventative exercise programme, get booked in with Tom as soon as possible!

Clinic Changes and the Start of a New Chapter

Hi Ed here, just writing to let you know of some up and coming changes to the clinics and at Ed Pratt Sports Therapy. For those of you who have been to see me before or have known me for a while, you will know that for the last 4 years I have been splitting my time between clinical work and teaching at Leeds Beckett University, with the clinical work taking priority.

I was recently offered and accepted a permanent teaching job at Leeds Trinity University, the role is for 4 days a week. This inevitably means that there has to be some changes to my clinic commitments, with my clinical time reducing to 1 day a week. Amelia, who has been doing a fantastic job for the last year, will be increasing to 2 days a week, one in Northallerton and one in Bedale. We will be welcoming a new Sports Therapist to cover Saturday mornings in Northallerton, more on this at a further date.

Unfortunately, due to my teaching commitments, I will no longer be holding a clinic in Yarm on a Thursday, my last clinic day there will be Thursday 29th August 2019. I am obviously sad to be finishing in Yarm, but excited at the new opportunities to develop as a teacher at Leeds Trinity University. I would like to thank Helen Smith, owner of The Pilates Studio, Yarm, from the bottom of my heart. It is a great venue and Helen has been very supportive from the start.

So, whilst it will be strange for me to reduce my clinic time, I am confident that they are going to be in safe hands and I will still be there in Northallerton once a week and working as the clinical supervisor for the whole business. I will also be very sad to leave my colleagues at Leeds Beckett University, who have supported me over the last few years and given my the best start in teaching in higher education.

It’s easy to get in touch with us (Contact Details) or Book Online here or via the button on each page of the website.

Summer Holidays, More Talks and Movement Exploration.

Holiday Cover

The summer holidays are upon us and like many people Amelia and I will be taking some time off with our families. I am away this weekend Amelia will be covering the Northallerton Clinic on Friday and Saturday. Amelia will also be covering several days when I am away in August. The sessions are all available via the online booking system so get booked in! Just a snippet of the feedback I’ve had about Amelia is below and a guide to making an online booking is at the bottom of this post.

Had been getting progressively worse over 2 weeks with a bad back – saw Amelia and in one session she sorted me out . Very thorough in her assessment, excellent treatment and problem solved.

David

More Talks

After successful talks to local runners in Northallerton and Bedale, we have been asked to do a short presentation to Zest Freedom members of the Hambleton leisure centres on injury prevention and rehabilitation. We will discuss some of the causes of injury and also looking at introducing movement exploration in injury rehabilitation. Members should have been emailed an invitation and we hope to see you there. Details of the talks are below:

Ed will be at Northallerton Leisure Centre this Thursday 25th July, 18:00-19:00. Also speaking on the evening will be Alice Bullock on the topic of “Pre & Post Exercise Fuelling”.
Amelia will be at Bedale Leisure Centre on Wednesday 28th August, 18:00-18:30.

CPD, Objective Measures and Effort Faces!

Last week Amelia and I had a great catch-up and CPD session at our sports injury clinic in Bedale. We try to do this once a month, and work on various aspects of Sports Therapy, from the business side to joint assessment review (our last session was the wrist and hand). This session focussed on objective measures, in particular the use of a simple crane scale, clips and furniture lifting straps in measuring leg strength. This is as simple and effective way of obtaining a measure of the difference in strength between the right and left sides.

Crane Scale

We devised set-ups for measuring knee extension and a seated calf raise, please excuse the faces we’re pulling, but the effort was real!

This was a simple and inexpensive way of getting a measure of the force generated during the movement and applied to the lifting straps. The benefits of this set-up lie in the objective measurement of injuries such as anterior crucial ligament reconstructions and Achilles’ tendon injuries. My thanks to Eric Meira (@erikMeira) for the idea and we’re looking forward to utilising it more during future sessions.

Best wishes

Ed

Running Talk – Can We Run Without Getting Injured?

So the short answer is probably no, most of us would get injured eventually. But… there is an interesting discussion to have along the way and we can maybe reduce the risk of injury.

On Friday 22nd February 2019, I will be giving a talk at Northallerton Leisure Centre, where I will discuss running injuries and how we might reduce them. Including:

  • Training,
  • Footwear,
  • Gait retraining,
  • and more.

If you would like to attend the cost is £5, 100% of which will be donated to the British Heart Foundation (via the Rock Up In Red Ball), to help some good friends of mine in their fundraising efforts. Please let me know if you are going via the event page on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2293992394194531/?active_tab=discussion

Happy New Year & Clinics W/C 07/01/2019

Happy New Year to you all, we are looking forward to 2019 and all it may bring!

Next week I am at Leeds Beckett University examining the BSc Sports & Exercise Therapy students. Therefore I have had to change some of the clinics. I will still be in on the Saturday morning, but Amelia will holding the fort with clinics on Wednesday & Thursday in Bedale and Friday in Northallerton. Booking appointments with Amelia could not be easier via the online booking button on this page or via the Facebook page. Simply select Amelia from the “team” drop down box and her availability will come up (see below).