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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My experience with a Pilates Reformer at The Pilates Studio, Yarm.
So when Helen Smith owner of Yarm Pilates studio first described the Pilates Reformer to me, the mental image it conjured up was not exactly enticing and thoughts of medieval torture kept popping into my head:
Medieval rack has definite similarities!
Helen, however, assured me that it was great for loads of different exercises and so we arranged a time for me to have a go. What I found surprised me, other than the similarities in size and shape, it was nothing like a medieval rack!
Under Helens guidance, we started to go through just a few of the many exercises you can do on the reformer, working the legs, trunk muscles and arms. The Reformer adds adaptable resistance to the movements (by adding / removing springs), which change the feel of many of the common Pilates exercises. I found that there were definite similarities to some gymnastics strength training exercises, such as weighted mobility drills.
Using the Reformer was an interesting experience and hopefully, we’ll get a few more sessions in to really get to grips with it. It won’t be for everyone (nothing ever is), for those who have tried Pilates, I would definitely recommend it as a way of adding a bit of a twist. Helen is a great teacher who focuses on and promotes movement rather than holding a bracing, which is great to see. I did end up in some rather strange and unflattering positions though!
Pilates Reformer rollbacks.
The Pilates Studio, Yarm is located on Yarm High Street and offers several friendly Pilates classes with great instructors to suit all levels, as well as 1-1 Reformer sessions. My clinic is at the studio on a Thursday afternoon / evening and appointments can be made via the Book Online button.
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…
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).
So 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.
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.
UK Indoor silver medalist and sponsored athlete Scott Lincoln.
Today, 16th February 2015, marks 5 years since I went self employed and into my 8th year since graduating. Below are 5 thoughts on the work I do:
1. The more I learn, the less I realise I know. I try to keep on top of current research as best I can. I focus on areas of interest and new injuries which crop up in the clinic. I use journal articles, podcasts, Twitter, CPD courses and more. All of it brings more questions.
2. Surround yourself with the right people. I just want to be a sports therapist and count myself very fortunate to have had great help in marketing, business planning and design. You know who you are, so thank you. Most of all the support from family and friends cannot be understated. My beautiful wife Gemma who is a voice of reason, reality and organisation!
3. I am learning to question more and reflect on my practice. It is not enough to just take at face value what your told or what you read, we need to question it, reflect on what went well and what didn’t. We all have our own bias and influencers. On Twitter (@EPSportsTherapy) I am influenced by the people I follow and the information they post, but they also help me to critique, discuss and question further (although I should maybe join in the debate a bit more often)!
4. There is no magic bullet! I will work hard to help my patients to get the result they need and if I can’t help them I will try to put them on a path to someone who can. If you are injured and seeking treatment, be wary of the “twice a week for six weeks” or “instantly fix your problems” models. They don’t work. To recover you must also put the hard work in.
5. I love what I do. I realised this within 3 weeks of starting my sports therapy degree and I still do now, over 10 years later.
Finally, thank you to all my patients, past and present, for the support you have given me. I will endeavour to help as many of you as I can with future injuries, although I hope you don’t need my services too soon!
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
This week we’ve heard from Fergus Roberts, and now ahead of the British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool this weekend its time to hear from his older brother Doug (left). I’d like to thank them both for their open honest answers and the insight into their sport.
1. How did you get into triathlon?
Triathlon seemed an obvious thing for me. I was swimming at my local club, running for Richmond and Zetland Harriers and biking with my parents. Someone suggested that I should try one which I did and won my first event. From there I have been hooked.
2. Mid way through the season, how have things gone so far?
The beginning of my season started off quite well winning some early season races and gave some top athletes a run for their money out in a senior European cup in Spain. However the past 5 weeks I have been unable to run so I haven’t finished a race since the end of May.
3. What’s your strongest discipline?
I usually say to people that I’m quite consistent at all three disciplines and that I’m only good when the three disciplines are put together. However at my fittest I would say my run has always been a strong point and many of my races have been won by this.
4. Do you have any pre/post race superstitions?
No, although I usually race best after a good breakfast.
5. Any advice for aspiring athletes starting out in their first season of multi-sport racing?
Consistency is key! 8hours of training every week is better than 14 one week then 2 the next. Also try to make the training and racing fun, meet up with people and find inspiring routes on the run and bike.
6. So far this season you’ve made several trips to Europe, what’s the best/worst thing about travelling?
The best thing is defiantly experiences different place and cultures and cycling and running in some brilliant countryside. The worst thing is waiting in hot sweaty airports for connecting flights etc. I usually bring a good book or update my ipod with a few videos.
7. What are your aims for the future?
My long terms aims are to represent Scotland and Great Britain at a world level at either the Olympics or Commonwealth games.
8. What’s the best advice you’ve had regarding your sport/racing?
Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing or else you will never achieve your full potential.
9. Who are your sporting/non sporting heroes?
Lance Armstrong was a huge sports hero in my house when I was growing up, I used to get nervous every year for him racing the tour de France. Even though things have changed slightly now and he has admitted to doping, I am still inspired by his dedication to training and attitude to winning. Alistair Brownlee has also had huge influence on my comeback to the sport and my younger brother Fergus.
10. You come from a sporting family how did that influence you growing up?
Having an active and sporty family was a huge influence and is probably the main reason why me Ferg and Jessie are all competing at an international level across Europe. At a young age cycling holidays in the Alps or running up and down hills in the Lake District and Scotland didn’t feel like training but it was giving us a huge endurance base that helped when it came to swimming, cycling and running in a race. Some days I will maybe lack the motivation to go out training, but seeing other members of my family going out training gives me that kick up the bum to get it done.
11. What kind of diet do you have to follow?
My diet is generally sorted for a made healthier by my mum. We are not over excessively strict on what we eat but as a whole I prefer fruit and veg to chocolate and sweets. My diet contains a lot of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes.
12. How does what you eat affect your performance?
Generally eating unhealthy makes me feel lethargic and sluggish during training or racing. Your body works similar to a car. If you put the wrong fuel in then the performance will deteriorate significantly, but with the correct fuel and care then it runs smoothly and efficiently.
13. What support did you get at school and do you feel this has helped you?
My school days were another important factor in my development as an athlete. In secondary school at Allertonshire my P.E teachers Chris Byrne and Sandra Horner were brilliant in terms of cross country and athletics encouraging me to compete at a national standard and to continue with my sport. They taught me that being good at something takes lots and lots of dedication and it’s only the tiny minority that continue after they leave school. Several of my teachers at College had an influence on my development. Matthew Uffindal who taught me A level P.E introduced me to the outdoors which I pursued through to degree level and Steve Merrifield always had time to chat about his experiences as an elite basketball player and he helped me decide on a career.
14. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Concentrate on your own race, your own strengths and how you’re going to win it. Let the competition worry about you and wonder what shape you’re in. If you have prepared well you will race well and deserve to.
15. What advice would you give to a young person considering competing professionally?
It’s not about having the talent to compete professionally it’s whether you have the guts too. It takes months or years of dedication and commitment to become the best with lots of low points, but those single high points will out way them all.
16. What is the biggest challenge you face as an athlete?
Believing in myself that I can beat people. Even in local races which I know I can win comfortably I start to doubt myself and to worry about others. I have become better over time but I do still struggle with self-confidence.
17. How important is it to have support from Ed Pratt Sports Therapy?
Having the support from Ed is brilliant. He doesn’t just help to heal and fix my body but also to prevent future injuries from occurring. He also has great knowledge of the sport and what it Is like to compete at an international level. Having people like Ed supporting me as an athlete is key to success and the level of trust between the athlete and physio is key when the times get tough with severe injuries.