Guess Which One’s The British Champion!

It was great to have Scott Lincoln in the other day to go through some of the finer points of the shot put (well no points, it is round after all). My student Amelia and I even got a couple of practice throws in!

It’s really important to find these opportunities for students and help them to gain an understanding of some of the less well known sports.

As Sports Therapists it’s really important to gain an insight into the strength and power required in the sport. By understanding the sports of the athletes we treat, we are more able to assess and treat them effectively. Shot put is tough and requires a great deal of timing and skill (perhaps not so evident in the videos) and is a drive of power from the ground up, finishing at the finger-tips.


There’s a British Champion in these videos and pictures, but I’ll leave it to you to decide which one of us that is…


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.

5 Tips to Running Your 1st 10k

The Northallerton 10k is just over two weeks away and for many it will be there first 10k. To help you prepare for the event I asked Josie to write 5 tips to preventing running injuries. The event is already full, but there will be limited entries on the day. We will be there on the day providing taping, massage and advice pre and post race, near the start/finish on the high street in Northallerton.

Training for a 10K? – Tips to prevent injury. 

Are you preparing to run your first 10K but not sure about how to do so safely? Well you have come to the right place. Below is 5 of the most common mistakes and misconceptions people make when training for a running event:

1 – Failing to warm up and cool down

It is so easy to forget or neglect to warm up and cool down before going out for a run. Warming up is vital to help prepare your body for the stress it is going to be put under when running. I would recommend a gentle jog then completing the lunge matrix, calf raises and leg swings, to get your muscles prepared. Not only will you find the warm up will help prepare your body for the training session it will also allow you to get in the right mind set for the run ahead. Cooling down after the run will allow you to gradually reduce your heart rate back to normal and stretch out you muscles.

Lunge matrix – (Credit: Coach Jay Johnson).

2 – Incorrect footwear


A lot of you (including myself) may have a trusty pair of trainers which you have worn to death but just can’t seem to part with them. When our trainers start to wear out they lose the shape and support which we need to prevent injury when running.

When it comes to choosing some new trainers I understand there are many different types and deciding which ones are best for you can be tricky. Personally my best advice is to go to a running shop and get a good pair of trainers to suit you, go for comfort first, then work from there. Trust me you will thank me later.

3 – Increasing milage too rapidly

So you’ve finally decided to enter your first 10k race, but now it’s getting closer to the event your 3 and 5k training sessions just aren’t going to cut it anymore. A lot of you panic (I myself have fallen victim to this) and jump straight into 10k training. Though doing this you are putting a lot of stress on the body

In the sporting world there is a basic rule stating you shoulder increase your training session or weekly mileage by 10% only. Personally I think this is a good rule to follow making sure you gave yourself adequate recovery time in-between each training session.

4 – Ignoring any little niggles or twinges

The majority of us will have little niggles and twinges from time to time especially when starting out running and it’s important to understand that REST is not always the answer. Although for a lot of injuries this will help in the first instance; when you get back out running the injury will more than likely re-occur and get progressively worse. This is because there is usually a reason for the injury occurring in the first place; whether it be bad running technique, a muscle imbalance of even an incorrect training program. This is why it is important to get any niggles of twinges checked out as soon as you feel them occur in order to prevent them from advancing into a more serious injury.

5 – Neglecting strength training 

So you’re doing everything by the book; wearing the correct footwear, warming up and cooling down before each session, increasing your running distance and speed slowly and giving your body enough time to recover in-between, yet your still getting little niggles and twinges. Why? Well it’s rather simple, you need to incorporate some strength training into your program. This is because if your muscles are weak more often than not they can’t take the demands we put on our bodies when running.  Don’t panic, strength training doesn’t always have to mean lifting heavy weights, in fact using your own body weight is one of the best forms strength training you can do. Exercises such as calve raises, Nordic curls and bridges are excellent to incorporate into your training. As an added bonus you will also find that strength training not only helps with injury prevention it can also contribute to your overall running performance.

So to conclude: Make sure you warm up and cool down after a running session, get yourself a pair of good running trainers, increase your mileage at a steady pace giving your body enough time to recover, get any niggles of twinges checked out, incorporate some form of strength training into your program and most importantly ENJOY YOURSELF.

Thanks Josie Grieve.
Sports Therapist

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Josie Grieve (MSST)

Josie works out of the Yarm clinic every Tuesday. To book an appointment you can easily book online here.

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,

10 tips for starting exercise safely in the New Year

I’ve seen it regularly on Twitter and Facebook, where people are announcing a time for change and to get fit again. I’ve also seen several posts about how it’s not necessarily a good time to make a New Years resolution. In reality does it matter whether it is a good time or not? This is the time of year where people are looking forward and want to make changes after the binge eating of the Christmas season.
So with this in mind, I thought that I would post 10 simple pointers, which may help keep you injury free and motivated, if you are someone who is starting exercise after a long break:

1. Take it steady

– Start slow and gradually increase your exercise volume. I regularly see people who have “caught the bug” and don’t want to stop or done way too much too soon. We would would love to see a nice linear progression, but the reality is often much more complex.


Credit Adam Meakins, @AdamMeakins,

2. What are you trying to achieve?

– For some people goal setting can be really helpful, but keep it realistic and start with bite sized pieces. You can always adjust them if they are too easy.

3. Listen to your body

– I say this quite often, but it’s your biggest clue to something going wrong. Yes the exercise will be/should be tough, but you should also be recovering in-between sessions, if not you may need to reduce the intensity or take a longer rest.

4. Make a plan, but a flexible plan

– Once you’ve made your goals, make you’re plan. When is your time for exercise going to be? With our busy lives, it can be hard to fit stuff in, so make time for yourself. Having said that I quite often see injuries where people have been unwilling to deviate from their plans, where a rest week/low mileage week might have been all they needed.

5. Exercise with a friend


Ullswater Trail Race

– This can be a fantastic motivator, if you’ve made that commitment to exercise, you’re less likely to skip a session.


7. Measure your progress

– Again this can really help to motivate (can also go the other way if things aren’t going to plan), but think about what you are monitoring. If it’s just weight loss, there are quite often other improvements in fitness before you will see much change in your weight. So do you see a reduction in your Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) for a particular exercise, can you do more reps/walk/run/cycle further in a given time?

6. Use an app/technology

– I quite often suggest apps such as the “Couch to 5K” running app as a way of gradually increasing running volume. Other apps such as Strava, Endomondo or MapMyRun can also be useful to help monitor progress or log activity.

8. Diet and exercise go hand in hand

– After the excess of Christmas, this is important to recognise, but I’m not suggesting you need to jump on the newest fad diet out there. Look at what you eat and be honest with yourself, make small changes first and then build on these improvements.

9. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

– Enjoy it! Find an exercise that you love to do and getting fit becomes so much more enjoyable. It should still be hard work though!

10. Keep it simple

– All of the above is so much easier if you keep it simple, find your way to exercising and fitness. I am a firm believer that there is a form of exercise out there for everyone, you just have to find yours.

On a final note: If you already have a niggle or injury which you feel is holding you back or even preventing you from exercising, get it checked out. At Ed Pratt Sports Therapy we can work with you to help prevent injuries, as well as treating current problems, with the aim of getting you back doing the exercise/sport you love.

Let me know what you think of the above tips and if you have any to add, which you think others will find useful add them to the comments box below.

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

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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!

No Phone!

Really sorry if you’ve been trying to get hold of me. I have lost my phone on holiday :-(. Normal service should be resumed Monday. In the meantime please email me ( Sorry for the inconvenience.


Who is Scott Lincoln?

So this post is mainly to raise awareness of my sponsored athlete Scott Lincoln, GB shot putter/builder. Scott is great to work with, he listens, does his homework and trains extremely hard (with very little funding compared to some athletes), whilst working full time as a builder.  I asked Scott a few questions about his training and competition. This is what he said:

1. How did you get into shot putt?

I was thrown into shot putt literally, a school teacher told me I was a big strong lad (told me I was a meat head) and to throw “this ball”. And went from there, I was unbeaten throughout school, and reached the biggest competition of the year, the English Schools Athletics Championships. After reaching English Schools 2 or 3 times, I was then put in touch with a coach at City of York A.C. I’m still with Paul now and never looked back, and progress every year!

2. What’s your training schedule like? (hours/sessions per week)

My training schedule is pretty intense as I work full time, so I train after work 5 nights a week, and then 2 sessions on a Saturday! So I train in York Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and at home in my gym Tuesday and Thursday, and a light session of stretching and plyometric work in a Friday. I litrally use my house to sleep and eat in, the rest of the time I’m putting the hours in the gym or at work!

3. How do you find balancing work and training?

It was always pretty hard to balance work and training, but once you get into rhythm and the routine of doing what you need to do, it gets easier, you have to start and prioritise, so a lot of my social life has been cut down, but I feel that the sacrafice is well worth it. Well worth the feeling you get when you medal, and improve!

4. Its the start of the season, how are things going so far?

Its still very early days yet as far as the season in concerned, my indoors have finished on a high, with a UK lead from over in Vienna, and followed up with a silver medal at the UK Senior Championships. My first senior medal! Feel a lot more is in the tank and I’m in the shape of my life and not only physically in shape, but my head is in the best place its ever been! Im looking forward to a good solid season outdoors, and push for the Number 1 spot!

5. What’s the best bit of advice you’ve received?

I’ve had quiet a bit of advice and motivational speeches from all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds, I study a lot of inspirational people, such as Mohammed Ali, the things he says are just genius! Something along the lines of “I hated every minute of training, but I told myself, struggle now and live the rest of your life a champion” I mean come on, thats a strong saying, everyone has bad days, but its dealing with those bad days with advice and motivation like that that makes you still produce the goods on a bad day! One of the most ridiculous sayings I ever heard also has stuck massively in my head every day, it was Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton winter olympic gold medallist) she said she was told a quote, and it was so stupid but stuck in her head as well as mine, its “am I struggling here… yes, well dig deep and just get it done” and it just stayed there in my head!

6. Who are your sporting hero’s?

I’ve got a few sporting heros, a lot of them are not in the world of my sport, but other sports, I have a hero in Reece Hoffa (world medalist shot putter) had that chance to train with him in the early part of my career, and that was an amazing experience and if it wasnt for him and his coach I wouldnt of turned to the rotational technique I dont think. But my main sporting hero is a guy called Tai Woffinden, he’s a pro speedway motorcycle rider, he has shown that hard work pays off, he publically showed on social media him put in hard work and digging deep, and his debut year back in the World Championships, he proved the bookies 55/1 odds wrong and became the first British World Champion in a long while.

7. What’s the biggest challenge you face as an athlete?

I think its staying mentally strong, what I mean by that, is not to get too far ahead of yourself. It is very easy to try to push too hard and chase targets, but your best performances come when you are most relaxed. Also staying injury free is a big part, you have to be sensible and listen to your body, its like anything, if your struggling your body will let you know it needs to rest. Along with them is having to work full time rather than train full time, all the best in my sport, train every day twice a day. And that gives them a very big edge!

8. How does your diet affect your sport?

Well I was always ignorant when it came to diet, always thought i could eat what I wanted, and perform how I want, but I found out the hard way in 2013, I was exhausted all of the time, I was nodding off nearly as soon as I sat down after work and then had to go training. After finding a small bald patch on the back.of my head, me and my parents thought it was time I should get it checked out, it turned out to be a lack of Iron in my body, I was told I need alot more green veg! So that was a massive turn around in my career! I have a spinach smoothie every morning, a bright green drink and thats like rocket fuel! I’ve also been working on eating properly at breakfast, and mostly keeping the calories up to stop me losing weight! I’ve been working with a couple of nutritional experts, and that seemed to have progressed my throwing massively.

9. How important is it to have the support from Ed Pratt Sports Therapy?

Ed Pratt, he is a vital part of my team, any niggles, injurys, or even just an occasional losen up, he is there, he gets straight to work and puts in the hard graft to get me fixed up as quick as he can, which is vital for my season. If I have niggles during the season, I need them to be sorted very quickly! There are many times he has given me advice and also shown me views from the outside looking in if you know what I mean! This is vital to be able to move forward.

Dreams Can Come True!

Excuse the cheesy lyric title of this post, but those who know and have been in clinic the last couple of weeks will know that I’m a very excited boy! On Sunday 3rd May at 11:00, Northallerton RUFC are going playing in the National Junior Vase Final at Twickenham against Battersea Ironsides.

The club has asked me to go as part of the squad and help their regular therapist Debs Morgan. This is an absolute dream for me, as a rugby player and sports therapist, to be able to walk out the tunnel of the most famous rugby stadium in the world! I would like to thank the club and Debs for allowing me this opportunity.

The support the club has received from local businesses and the people of Northallerton and the surrounding area has been fantastic. If you would like to keep up to date with the scores throughout the game you can follow the Rugby club on Twitter @northrugby or via their open Facebook page here

So to get you in the mood here is Northallerton Coach Alec Porter discussing the final on BBC’s Look North:

Alec’s Interview08:58

Northallerton have had a fantastic cup run this year and on the 9th May will be playing in the final of the Yorkshire Trophy against Wetherby. I wish them all the best for both finals and can’t wait for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of rugby.