Goodbye and Hello

Mugshot JosieFirst the sad news. Unfortunately, we say goodbye this week to our sports therapist Josie Grieve who has been a great part of the team for the past year. Josie is relocating and we would like to wish her all the very best for the future. She will be missed.


Next the good news! Lucy is back from her snowboarding holiday – injury free too – and will be back working in the Bedale clinic this Thursday. It was great to get some excellent feedback regarding Lucy over the last week and she has made a great start to working as part of the team. With marathon season just around the corner, now would be a great time to get booked in and get those niggles seen to.

Appointments with Lucy are available at a discounted rate of JUST £20 until the end of January 2017. Get in quick and get your session booked.

Thank You! Come and say hello!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post to say thank you for all the fantastic support with the new Yarm clinic. The response to “The Yarm Clinic is Open for Business” post on Facebook and Twitter was amazing and really appreciated. We have been busy behind the scenes and all the online booking buttons should have been updated to include the new clinic info.

It’s a great space and clinic room and Ed will be there this Thursday (14th January) so feel free to pop by and say hello (just look for the blue door next to Café Nero on Yarm High Street).

To make an online booking click the images below or call Ed (07837276444) or Josie (07496359697).


The Yarm Clinic is Open for Business!

We are open for business from next week! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the clinic is located at The Pilates Studio, where there are great Pilates instructors and a lovely refurbished studio. You’ll find the clinic above Cafe Nero, 117 Yarm High Street (just look for the blue door) and parking is free for the first hour so it’s ideal for your appointments.

The Pilates Studio Yarm logo

I will be in Yarm on a Thursday between 15:00 and 21:00 and Josie will be there on a Tuesday from 12:00 until 19:00. If you would like to book an appointment or just have a chat about an injury or training advice feel free to get in touch (our details are below).


New sports therapy clinic, Yarm.

I popped into the clinic to deliver the couch this morning (even managed not to scuff the paint work!) and it’s looking great, we can’t wait to get started. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the Pilates regulars in between their classes and I hope to meet a few more in the coming weeks.

Remember: You don’t have to be an athlete or injured to come into the clinic, we regularly treat occupational injuries and provide sports massage too. Why not give us a follow on Twitter and like our Facebook Page to keep up to date with what we’re up to?

Contact Details:

Ed – 07837276444,

Josie – 07496359697,

New Clinic and Therapist Coming to Yarm!

The Pilates Studio Yarm logoSo I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be opening a new clinic in January. It will be located at The Pilates Studio Yarm and it will be great to be working with owner, Helen Smith and the other Pilates instructors. We are still finalising days and times, but these will be updated on the website and Facebook etc once they are sorted. Below are links to the Google Maps page and The Pilates Studio Yarm website can be found here. The new clinic does mean that I will unfortunately have to close the Thirsk clinic and I would like to thank all the patients that I have seen there over the last few years. You are of course more than welcome at any of the other clinics, but there will be no Thirsk clinic from the New Year.

Google Maps

Mugshot Josie

Josie Grieve (MSST)

New Therapist –Josie Grieve (MSST) will be working with me at Yarm and it’s great that she is going to be able to help out. I first met Josie when she came to do her work placement with me at Northallerton Rugby Club and was really impressed and Josie has since helped me out with some event massage. Josie is a qualified acupuncturist as well as a Sports Therapist. Take a look at her profile here.

We will post some more info soon!

Why am I here?

The title of this post was a question I asked to year 9 pupils at Hurworth School last week, when doing a presentation on the importance of exercise and promoting exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. After the usual answer of “Because you’re being paid” and the follow up questions of “Do you have a nice car sir?”. I explained that I did not mean the question in a philosophical sense and was not looking for the meaning of life, but rather why was I there talking to them instead of at work in the clinic earning money? The answer for me was simple, it is something I’ve believed since before I started my Sports Therapy degree, from when I taught swimming and was a gym instructor. I was there because I love sport and being active. I feel very privileged to have had a very active upbringing, always encouraged to be out doing exercise from swimming to rugby and walking with the family. The benefits I have received from this upbringing have not only provided me with good health, but given me skills to help me in my business and social lives as well. The health benefits of exercise are demonstrated brilliantly by Dr Mike Evans in the video below. Those of you who have followed the blog/Facebook page for a while, will know that I have posted this video before, however I think its message is so important that I have no qualms about posting it again. I had a great week visiting the Hurworth and Applegarth schools for National School Sports Week, the response from the students was great and we had some interesting discussions about why we exercise and what happens to our bodies during exercise and injury

Yorkshire Marathon Terms and Conditions.

On the 20th of October several clients are competing in the Yorkshire Marathon in York, for many of them it will be their first marathon. So to try and offer a little bit of an incentive, and post race support, I am offering one runner the chance to win a post event massage.
To enter text (07837276444), tweet or Facebook me your name and bib number, the terms and conditions are below.

1. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 20th October 2013
2. By entering the competition from Ed Pratt Sports Therapy, users are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and agreed to be bound by them and any requirements set out in accompanying material.
3. The competition is open to all completing the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 20th October 2013
4. One entrant can win a free sports massage from Ed Pratt Sports Therapy at either the Northallerton, Bedale or Thirsk Clinic. For clinic times and locations visit The prize must be used by 20th November 2013.
5. To enter participants must share their name and Yorkshire Marathon race number via Facebook, twitter or text. This is to confirm that the entrant has completed the run and is entitled to the prize.
6. Race numbers can be posted on the Yorkshire Marathon Facebook post at, tweeted to @EPsportstherapy or text along with your name to 07837 276444.
7. Only one entry can be sent per person.
8. The winners will be notified and announced via Facebook and Twitter. If the winner does not have a profile on either of these they will be notified via text.
9. The prize of a free sports massage with Ed Pratt Sports Therapy at either Northallerton, Bedale or Thirsk clinic is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for money or any other items.
10. The winner will be selected at random on Monday 21th October.
11. By entering the competition the winners agree to participate in such promotional activity and material as Ed Pratt Sports Therapy requires.
12. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
13. Ed Pratt Sports Therapy reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.

Great North Run Top Tips

The Great North Run is now one week away and we know that this can be a worrying time for many runners. Are you prepared? Have you done enough training? These are two questions that will be going through many of your heads right now.

We have sports therapy clinics in Northallerton, Thirsk and Bedale in North Yorkshire and see many runners who are putting in those final preparations before a big race day. This may be to work on some stretches with us or get a sports massage to ensure their muscles are in the best state possible to get on the start line.

To help you get ready for Sunday we have created six tips to ensure that your half marathon goes smoothly.

1. Get a sports massage, which can help ease areas of tightness in your muscles prior to your race.
2. Go at your own pace. You know what you’ve done in your training and should have a fair idea of what you’re capable of, so start with a plan and try to follow it. The start will be a big scrum and hectic with people getting in the way and making it difficult to find your rhythm, but it will spread out, so use your watch or GPS and the mile markers to keep track of your pace. Don’t go off too fast and remember to give yourself a nudge if you fall off the pace a bit!

3. Enjoy it! It will be an amazing day, whatever the weather, with live music, fancy dress and thousands of other people. When it gets tough, which it probably will, look around you and remember why you’re there – to post a PB, to do your 10th race, to raise money for charity.

4. Drink to thirst. At these events you can be surrounded by people telling you to drink more. Think about what you’ve done during your training and stick to that.

5. Don’t change your running routine / add anything new on the day. Stick to what you know.

6. After your race you need to rehydrate, refuel and keep moving. This should help to prevent you from stiffening up. Try gentle, cyclical stretches for the calves, hamstrings and quads (thighs).

Save £5 on a sports massage with Ed Pratt Sports Therapy

We understand the importance of getting you back out training as soon after a race as possible and this can be made easier with a sports massage. It will help ease those aches and pains so you can start working towards your next goal. To get this special Great North Run offer all you need to do is book an appointment with Ed at any of his clinics and let him know your race number so he can confirm you took part in the event.

What’s The Cost to You?

When you get injured you can choose to leave it and hope it gets better; visit your GP and possibly get a referral or pay to be assessed and treated privately.  Whichever option you choose there is a cost involved either of time, emotion or money.  That cost can have a direct effect on you and your injury.

By making an appointment to be seen privtely you may get peice of mind and a plan of action for injury, thereofer reducing the emotional cost.  The following course of treatment should reduce the amount of time you spend out of action, therefore reducing the time costs.  There is of course still the financial costs and these need to weighed against the other benefits of piece of mind, reduced frustration, faster access to treatment and a swifter recovery.