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Note to Forwards: The Natural Curve of the Spine Leave a comment Read more »

Note to Forwards: The Natural Curve of the Spine

Standing in the middle of a training field recently, working with correcting the mechanics, rather than the technique, of a kicker with the aim of preventing abnormal wear and tear of the lower joints, I struggled not to be distracted by the forwards. I love…


Post Activity Stretching: Are You Doing It Right? Leave a comment Read more »

Post Activity Stretching: Are You Doing It Right?

A player hobbled in to the clinic just after Christmas with discomfort in his calf area. He had been suffering ‘niggles’ for many seasons but, untreated, it had progressed to chronic pain. So much so, that he could no longer support his own weight. A…


Pre-Exercise Stretching for Rugby Players Leave a comment Read more »

Pre-Exercise Stretching for Rugby Players

This is a subject that crops up in my clinic on a regular basis. I am regularly asked questions like “Should I stretch to reduce injury?” and “What is best – static [active or passive], dynamic, ballistic or PNF?” As you can imagine, the answers…


The Sports Concussion Programme Leave a comment Read more »

The Sports Concussion Programme

Keeping the concussion discussion active and continuing on from last year’s article, I wanted to promote an excellent resource, easily accessible to everybody. It really is a link that I would love to see on every club and school website, encouraging all players, coaches and…


ACL Injuries: Guide to Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention Leave a comment Read more »

ACL Injuries: Guide to Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Everywhere I go these days I appear to come up against an ACL injury. This involves the Anterior Cruciate Ligament; one of the short ligaments that cross (hence ‘cruciate’) inside the knee inhibiting forward movement of the tibia (shin bone). It is also one of…


Tom Croft's Inspirational Recovery Leave a comment Read more »

Tom Croft’s Inspirational Recovery

So, what would you do? Picture it…you are having a great game but it all comes to an end as a badly timed tackle pushes your neck downwards into your chest. You know this is bad as it is taking some time to get you…


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