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Returning to lecture at Oxford Brookes University

Full use of the props.

Demonstrating the importance of keeping aligned posture when delivering babies.

In full flow!

Stressing the strength of an aligned shoulder joint.

2019 Midwifery Lecture for Oxford Brookes University Midwifery Students

I was honoured to be invited back to Oxford Brookes University to deliver my 'Birthing Positions for Midwives' lecture and workshop for the 3rd year midwifery students.

This was designed by me last year to express the importance of keeping an aligned posture whilst working as a midwife to prevent back pain caused by the various positions midwives work in just prior to graduating and starting on their long and rewarding careers.

 

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2019 NSPCC Gherkin Challenge

You need a head for heights!

The Gherkin Building

The 2019 NSPCC Gherkin Challenge

On Sunday I enjoyed managing the NSPCC Soft Tissue team for my 7th Gherkin Challenge and as you can see from the photo you need a steady head for heights to work on the 40th floor of the exclusive Gherkin building in London.

My team of 11 fantastic therapists treated just under 200 fundraisers who have run, walked or pulled themselves up the stair bannister of the 1030 steps of the Gherkin building to raise much needed funds for this wonderful charity.

It is always a fun event and the sports massages received at the top of the building were very welcome and much appreciated, followed by a nice glass of champagne.

This year I enjoyed recruiting & managing the NSPCC Soft Tissue teams for the London marathon and Gherkin Challenge for the 7th consecutive year and I am already looking forward to next years events.

 

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Supporting Kiboi Primary School, Kenya

Next shipment ready to go!

Together with Jonah Chesum at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Proudly wearing Oxford City FC kit for both pupils and teachers.

Putting the kit and footballs to good use!

I am very fortunate to be able to support the children of Kiboi Primary school, Kenya with another donation of sports equipment.

My link with the school came via a friendship I made with Kenyan athlete Jonah Chesum during my time working as part of the medical team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Since 2012 I have provided football kit for the boys and girls (shown in the photo), sports equipment including balls, bibs and cones but today's package is one of fun equipment including frisbees, balls and skipping ropes to allow the children some much needed fun time playing outdoors!

 

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7th season with Oxford Utd’s first team and enjoying every minute!

7th season with Oxford United’s first team and enjoying every minute!

7th season and still going strong!

It has been 7 years since I received a call from Oxford United football club asking me if I could help the medical team provide soft tissue therapy for the first team and it has been a major part of my work ever since!

My work at Oxford Utd fits in very well alongside my private clinic in Headington & my theatre work as I work at least one day a week at the OUFC training ground helping the players recover from their previous game and also to assist with their preparation for the coming fixtures.  I also help the full time medical team to support the injured players recovery which can include soft tissue therapy, scar work, fascial gliding therapy and mobilisation.

I also attend home matches at the Kassam stadium where I work alongside the medical team in preparing the players for their fixture which usually includes a lot of soft tissue work and after a couple of hours my work is done and I get to enjoy the game.

I am very fortunate to work alongside a very professional and efficient full time medical team at Oxford United and being able to be a part of such a great team makes my position very enjoyable and rewarding - especially seeing our hard work rewarded when players return from injury and being able to share in the success of the team which so far includes a promotion and 2 Wembley finals and I'm sure that there's lots more to come!

 

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Footballers & Acrobats!

Footballers & Acrobats!

This week I have been quite busy alongside running my Headington practice working as a member of the Oxford United FC medical team ensuring that the first team players are supported in their fitness and wellbeing to aid both post match recovery & match preparation and also provide help through injury.

I have also been providing professional treatment to visiting professional acrobats performing at the Oxford Playhouse theatre where their show 'Humans' highlights the potential in both movement and strength of the human body and boy wasn't is absolutely breathe taking and I could see why professional acrobats like Piri (in the photo) needed some professional soft tissue treatment to help him perform to the 100% physical capacity required for his performance which included supporting 2 people on his shoulders!

 

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Players wanted for Headington Youth U16’s Football Team

Headington Youth U16’s football team

Players Wanted for Headington Youth U16's Football Team

I have been a youth football coach for over 10 years and I am currently managing the Headington Youth U16's football team where I am looking for at least 3 more players to help increase our friendly squad in preparation for the coming season.

We train 6.30pm - 8pm on Friday in Risinghurst where we will also play our Sunday league games in the Oxford Mail Youth League.

If you are a boy or girl footballer who will be in school year 11 for 2019/2020 and want to enjoy playing in a friendly and supportive team with the emphasis on supportive team work and not just 'winning at all costs' and with the playing time shared equally throughout the team please contact me via chris@back2best.com / mob. 07905808612

My U11's were voted the Oxfordshire FA Respect Team of the Year (out of over 400 teams) a few years ago and I still apply the same principles of fair play and respect with my team today, so if you just want to enjoy your football in a non pressurised environment then Headington Youth U16's is for you!

 

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Another success story!

Austrian Ironman Medal

Helping my clients to achieve their goals.

It is always wonderful to see my clients achieve their specific goals and today was no exception.

Someone I have been treating to prepare for their first Ironman came in to thank me as they completed the Austrian Ironman under their target time of a very respectful 14 hours with their well earned medal and also to give me a present of Pumpkin oil as a gesture of their appreciation which was so thoughtful and very appreciated.

I am privileged to be able to share in many of my client's journeys and to help them achieve their goals, whether it is winning a medal, completing a race, recovering from an injury or living without postural pain and when they send me a 'finishing line selfie' or pop in to say thanks is just the icing on the cake!

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Back for my 7th season with Oxford United FC!

Oxford United FC

Back for my 7th season with Oxford United FC!

It was great to return to Oxford United to work alongside the OUFC medical team after 6 weeks away today.

This time of year the majority of the soft tissue treatment is to help maintain the player's physical condition while they train at an increased level in order to achieve maximum fitness and start the season as strongly as possible.

It is always enjoyable to work alongside the medical team again especially the 'boss' Amy who is the 1st team physio, Spike (who I have had the pleasure of working alongside for the past 7 years) and Nathan the Sports Therapist.

When I return after the pre season break I always find it strange to not see the 1st team players who have left the club but then again it is always nice to greet the new arrivals who will soon become familiar faces and the relationship of athlete/therapist forms where we can both identify what types of treatment they find most beneficial.

My time at Oxford United equates to one full day at the training ground and attending the home matches and is a very rewarding part of my career and it fits in well with my time as a professional Soft Tissue Specialist allowing me time to run my clinic in Headington to treat those who need my help including; professional athletes, semi pro and amateur athletes, recreational sportspeople, office workers for postural pain and absolutely anyone else who would like to benefit from a professional soft tissue treatment/sports massage.

Here's to a successful 2019/2020 season for Oxford United!

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