Ride of the Lions 2015 WATERLOO 200

Ride of the Lions 2015 WATERLOO 200

Paul Sidi of Chertsey and Woking based Practice SIDI PHYSIO was once again keeping the wheels turning on the Waterloo 200 Ride of the Lions (ROTL) charity bike ride tour; a two day, 200 mile cycle led by a host of rugby legends. 10 ex British & Irish Lions and four wounded veterans formed part of a 100 strong team raising money on behalf of Walking With The Wounded, a charity that helps to retrain and re-skill our wounded troops and support them in finding new careers outside the military. The star studded line-up of rugby stars included Roger Uttley OBE, Peter Winterbottom MBE , Mike Teauge, Steve Bainbridge, Ben Clarke and Dean Richards of England, Rob Henderson of Ireland, Rodger Arneill and Roger Baird of Scotland. Daffyd James of Wales was due to start but had to pull out due to imminent knee surgery. These Legends were riding alongside 100 members of the public as well as several wounded soldiers. A touch of glamour was also added by supermodel Jodie Kidd, who rode alongside the rugby greats on the Dover to London leg and required treatment using Rocktape to ease neck and shoulder pain. The event marked the 200th anniversary of the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 with the route mirroring that taken by Major Percy who was entrusted by the Duke of Wellington to take his written notice of victory (his Dispatch) by horse and carriage to the Prince Regent in London; who was eventually found at what is now the East India Club. SIDI PHYSIO’s lead physiotherapist is Paul Sidi, ex...
What’s it like to work in elite sport?

What’s it like to work in elite sport?

By Georgina Ewer, Head Physiotherapist for London Welsh RFC I always aspired to work full time in sport and having studied physiotherapy in Cardiff, the rugby capitol of Wales, what better a place for me to get involved with the sport of rugby. I studied at Cardiff University from 2003-06 and shadowed physio’s at local rugby clubs throughout my training. Upon qualifying I worked in the NHS for just shy of 5 years, again supplementing this experience with part time rugby at the Cardiff Blues Academy and the age grade international women. My main move into sport came from a post at the University of Bath Sports Injury Clinic where I grew immensely as a clinician. My time here included 3 years with the British Bobsleigh squad and commencing an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy which I plan to conclude this year with a study into the effects of Kinesiology Taping Following my first season as Head Physio at London Welsh RFC I have transferred skills from previous posts and added this to my rugby specific knowledge with a big focus on emergency trauma management within the RFU. Working in full time sport is tough and life consuming, certainly not glamorous but the rewards from being part of the team keep you going through the highs and lows. If you are looking to work in an elite sports environment, then voluntary and/or paid grass roots level work and hours of hands on experience in a sporting environment, along with hard work and a willingness to throw a hand to anything will be your basic necessities. Clinical skill set and expertise...
ROCKTAPE at the Merdian Crossfit Regional’s

ROCKTAPE at the Merdian Crossfit Regional’s

I have just finished being part of the Medical team looking after Athlete Services at CrossFit Regional’s in Denmark 2015. There was a team of 20 led by Danish local Per Rosenquist Kyed and ROCKTAPE Instructor Rob Crowley. The team included Massage Therapists, Sports Therapists, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors all of whom were all working for Rocktape. We began the process with the Clinical lead, ‘Rock Doc Rob’ showing our team the correct and most effective taping strategies for CrossFit athletes. Rob is a Chiropractor and CrossFit athlete himself, so he not only talks the talk, he walks the walk too! Most of the team had already been trained on the FMT 1 & 2 courses, but it was nice to refresh the skills. Rock Doc Rob’s golden rules are: •    Round the edges of the tape •    Stretch the body part before taping •    Don’t touch the sticky part of the tape •    Don’t tape on tape The treatment area was perfectly placed as we were imbedded in the athlete warm up area. The treatment areas were separated into two, an eight bedded massage area and a single bedded ‘Mobility’ area. The Mobility treatment area was for quick treatments/taping and the massage area was used for all treatments including taping. Thankfully there were no serious injuries, just tight sore muscles pumped with lactate. It was great to see so many British teams and individuals make it to regionals. The Rocktape team would like to think that we made a good contribution towards injury prevention and performance enhancement in all the athletes we treated. Big thanks to Simon, Pedro, Jade...
ROCKTAPE Applications in Elite Rugby Union

ROCKTAPE Applications in Elite Rugby Union

Bob Stewart, Head Of Medical Services, Gloucester Rugby Having used Rocktape over the past 3-4 years in a professional rugby environment, I can honestly say that it has proved it’s worth. I have used a variety of clinical applications to enhance both rehabilitation and performance. Whilst from an evidence-based practice perspective there currently appears to be little benefit in using kinesiotape specifically in comparison to other tape, I have found it very effective from a practice-based evidence perspective. Even in pro sport, we are in the business of modifying pain, optimizing movement and improving function. If I can alter subjective and objective markers through effective taping on a case-by-case basis then I will do so. Some individuals respond unbelievably well to taping just as others sometimes don’t. Being selective in how and why you apply the tape and to whom will benefit both your patients and your outcomes. Be objective. We use the Oedema Control Tapings consistently in the acute setting to good effect – particularly around acute joint / ligament strains ( ankle / foot ), haematomas ( thigh / biceps ) and post-surgical ( shoulder, hands, ankle ). I have had some great results using the tape to supplement the manual therapy that I primarily use. It works incredibly well when applied to neural and fascial interfaces – the tape has allowed me to get more effective carryover on a daily basis which is essential when you have short turnarounds. We’ve also used it to good effect in improving joint position and thus muscle activation especially around the shoulder and PFJ. The tapes flexibility allows the players...
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