I hope you are all keeping well during this second lockdown.
Alongside my private work, I am keeping busy with my time working at Oxford United FC where I am still able to treat the players as part of the medical team made up of dedicated and talented professionals; Amy Cranston (1st team physio), Spike (Soft Tissue Therapist) & Nathan Benjamin Smith (Sports Therapist).
It's so vital to maintain a routine as close to normality as possible, even if there are some restrictions. Fingers crossed that change is just around the corner.
Since 2013 I have managed the NSPCC Sports Massage Therapy team of over 30 therapists treating over 400 NSPCC fundraising runners at the NSPCC post marathon reception.
This is always a highlight of my year, and this charity is very close to me as I ran 3 marathons for ChildLine (London, Edinburgh & Abingdon) from 2001 to 2005.
Fingers crossed that next year we all return to some degree of normality which will see everyone enjoying athletic events together.
After a very exciting night under the floodlights yesterday, it is back to my clinic for the next couple of days before returning to Oxford Utd on Friday to help the team physically prepare for Saturday's league game.
It is always a highlight to share the experience of a large occasion with Oxford Utd, and yesterday was no exception. To see the players all give 100% on the pitch over 120 mins is so rewarding for the medical team, and although the FA Cup run was a nice distraction, it is back to business and concentrate on the league and our aim of promotion this season.
Due to Friday's extra session with Oxford Utd, and I am also attending an athletics meeting on Saturday, mean that my clinic spaces are more limited than usual this week, so please let me know asap if you would like to book an appt.
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!