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.

What do we offer at Ed Pratt Sports Therapy?

Just a quick post to let you know that the cost of sessions will be changing with effect from the 1st April 2019. The various costs of sessions can be found here.

Sessions with either Ed or Amelia include:
– Injury examination & assessment.
– Tailored rehabilitation to suit your needs and get you safely back to your chosen sport / activity as soon as possible.
– Bespoke exercise programmes, with video tutorials, and a free app so you can log your sessions.

– Follow up contact once you have finished your treatment / rehab to ensure your recovery is still progressing as planned.
– 12+ years of experience in treating sports injuries and working with athletes.
– Easy, quick online booking, with appointment confirmation and reminders.
– Both Ed and Amelia are members of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Welcome to our new Sports Therapist, Amelia Gill!

I’m really pleased to announce that Amelia Gill is joining Ed Pratt Sports Therapy! I’m really excited to be working with Amelia, she brings with her a great work ethic and patient centred focus. Amelia spent some time working in the clinics as a student and for me it was a no brainer, when she applied after she had qualified. Amelia graduated with a masters degree in Sports Therapy in 2017, which she completed whilst finishing her time in the military.

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Amelia Gill, MSc, MSST

Amelia served 6 years, with 4 as a physical training instructor, she therefore brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in exercise prescription. Take a look at her full bio on the about page.

Amelia will be starting officially in September and working out of the Bedale clinic two afternoons a week. Before the official start she will be covering a couple of days for me whilst I am on annual leave – Friday 10th August at Northallerton and Wednesday 15th August at Bedale. The slots are available via the online booking portal.

Sports Therapist Required!

Job Vacancy: Graduate Sports Therapist / Physiotherapist

Organisation: Ed Pratt Sports Therapy

Salary: To be negotiated.

Location: Northallerton, Bedale, Yarm areas.

Position: Part-time, associate Sports Therapist

Closing Date: Friday 13 October 2017

Job Description:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate Sports Therapist / Physiotherapist, working alongside an experienced sports therapist in both the clinical and pitch side environment. The therapist will be required to help in the development of three busy clinics and therefore must be flexible and available for evening and weekend work. The successful candidate will also be required to provide match day cover for a local rugby team and as such, a pitch side first aid qualification is essential and a sports trauma qualification desirable.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, patient communication, moving & handling skills, strong exercise prescription and manual therapy skills and a patient centred approach to rehabilitation.

Ed Pratt Sports Therapy is a well established sports therapy business in the local area with an excellent reputation. The successful candidate will initially be working part-time, but opportunities are a available for further hours based on performance and feedback. In-house CPD takes place on a regular basis.

How to apply: email CV & cover letter (demonstrating why you are suitable for the post) to ed@edprattsportstherapy.com.

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

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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.