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Squash training: pre-season preparation

We have still have some great weeks of summer ahead but the start to squash season is now just six weeks away. Hopefully if you followed my last blog you started doing a few weights in July to build up your strength for the season. As I stressed in the prior blog, although strength is important it does not replace running, ghosting, and hitting lots of squash balls! In the end, the key to performance [...]

By | 2018-08-20T20:37:08+00:00 August 20th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Summer squash training – get strong and get fast.

To become a great squash player at any level you need to play lots of squash - this is a given. We also know by training different systems we can become more mentally and physically resilient. Building a base of strength and a strong cardiovascular system is a great way to improve speed, increase physical resilience and lessen burnout from too much squash. I discussed ways in which to become a resilient squash player in [...]

By | 2018-07-23T20:48:57+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – June

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full life. Exercise: run, run, run your way to healthy knees:) But wait I thought all that pounding was bad for your knees?? This was the narrative for many years. Running was bad for your knees and if they hurt you should do something else. Like most things in life it is still a balance. In [...]

By | 2018-07-11T22:24:12+00:00 July 11th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

What is Cognitive Functional Therapy

My viewpoint of Cognitive Functional Therapy. Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) is the combination of bio-pyschosocial care (not bio-medical), cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and exercise. It is a comprehensive and sound therapy model:) The model has been proposed and developed by Peter O’Sullivan. He created the model primarily for chronic low back pain but I see commonalities in the CFT approach with those of Jeremy Lewis, Adam Meakins, Greg Lehman, Bahram Jam, Sandy Hilton, and [...]

By | 2018-07-11T21:25:51+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Sport Injuries: Lateral elbow pain

If you play competitive sports you have felt the inevitable pains that can come with too much activity. Often these pains are felt in your tendons. In this blog I will discuss how the latest researching is guiding our treatment of lateral elbow pain, while weaving in my own experience with this injury. Tendons transmit forces between muscle and bones. We don’t yet fully understand tendon pathology (the injury process), but research is providing greater [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:31:37+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Education, Health questions answered|0 Comments

Why you don’t need manipulation, massage or mobilizations to be a good physio.

In this blog I argue that even under the guise of a good scientific explanation manual therapy (massage, manipulation, ART, fascial release) should be used sparingly, if at all. The blog is written in a question and answer format as I think this best illustrates my counter arguments. I don’t want to be in a fight with “manual therapists” as I know awesome, respectable therapists who use these techniques. I do however, think it is [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:54:20+00:00 May 24th, 2018|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Sport Injuries: Low back pain.

Back pain inflicts western society more than any other disability. It is a huge burden on our system and sadly it is a largely manageable and preventable injury. Why has it become so out of control? There are appear to be numerous factors contributing to the ballooning costs (not in any order of importance). We assume a simple cause and effect but multiple factors are often at play. A bio-pyschosocial approach is more comprehensive and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:38:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – May

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full life. Grub: Nutrition is a daunting field to master. Endless ideas on micronutrients (vitamins), macro dosages (carbs, fats, proteins) and so called superfoods, to ameliorate your health woes. I didn’t grow up with this complexity. I grew up believing food was simple - something we did as a family, mostly at home, and quick and dirty was sometimes, [...]

By | 2018-07-11T22:05:32+00:00 May 18th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

The Vancouver Squash League: It rocks!

Beer league squash finals - does it get any better?? I argue that in the amateur sports realm not much:) I have played a lot of sports in my day but few compare to the fun of Monday night league. It combines individual intensity, team camaraderie and social beers, much like rugby. The bonus of squash is you play the game well into your 60s and 70s. The league works like this. Every Monday from [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:38:30+00:00 May 17th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Strength training: Six patterns to know

I see far too many people spend hard earned time in the gym on exercises that don't provide enough benefit. As long as you are healthy and have experience lifting weights consider sticking to these six patterns to give you the most out of your workout. Of course the best picked exercise don't matter if we don't adhere to plan, so make sure you create a plan that is realistic, enjoyable and flexible. If it doesn't [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:39:01+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Education|0 Comments