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STA110: 'Have Your Say July 2022' with Matt Phillips, Gary Benson, Dr Fiona Higgs & Scott Loynes

In STA Ep110, we start a new series of monthly 'Have Your Say' episodes which will provide YOU the chance to to comment freely on this month's podcast episodes, and also any topics connected to the Sports Therapy & Sports Massage Therapy.

Joining host Matt Phillips of runchatlive is Gary Benson Founder of the STA, Dr Fiona Higgs of the Women In Sports Therapy Podcast and Scott Loynes Regional Rep Co-ordinator STA North East and Yorkshire

Topics discussed include:

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STA109: 'The Evolving Foot' with special guests James Earls and Lucy Wintle

In Part 3 of our monthly focus on 'The Foot & Ankle', we welcome special guests James Earls and Lucy Wintle in an episode entitled 'The Evolving Foot'.

James Earls is a hugely popular writer, lecturer and bodyworker specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. He is the author of internationally acclaimed books including 'Understanding the Human Foot', 'Born To Walk' and 'Fascial Release for Structural Balance'.

Lucy Wintle, co-author of 'Understanding the Human Foot' is the founder & owner of Canterbury Pilates, with a particular interest in integrating fascial movement. Lucy is part of a team designing and delivering in depth movement and anatomy courses to already qualified teachers.

Topics in this episode include:

  • A look at the books by James Earls, including news of Amazon bundle offer for 'Understanding The Human Foot' and 'Born To Walk' (at time of writing). 
  • How an understanding of the foot has affected the teaching of Pilates.    
  • How Anatomy has traditionally been taught in the wrong direction.
  • Impact on how we act in clinic.    
  • The value of story telling & play in education.          
  • Letting go of the fear of tweaking our approach
  • Evidence of the human transition to bipedal gait.
  • A look at footwear - 'Crocs & Skechers'
  • Details of courses run by Lucy & James

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Our sincere thanks to James Earls & Lucy Wintle for giving up their time to be guests on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast.

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STA108: Focus on Foot Pt 2: 'Plantar Fasciitis... Or Is It?' with guests Maddie Tate & Ian Griffiths

Our monthly focus on 'The Foot & Ankle' continues, and in this episode we turn our attention to the extremely common and yet notoriously tricky to treat condition known as 'Plantar Fasciitis', and how other conditions of the foot, ankle and indeed whole body need to also be considered when presented with common symptoms.

Joining us in this episode are Sports Podiatrists Maddie Tait of mtpodiatry.co.uk and Ian Griffiths of sportspodiatryinfo.co.uk. Maddie Tait and Ian Griffiths both have a huge amount of experience working with complex foot & ankle injuries. Maddie works closely with Foot and Ankle Consultants, Sports Medicine Doctors and Physiotherapists and has represented England in Hockey. Ian has spoken worldwide on the topics of lower limb biomechanics and foot orthoses, and is also a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, leading the biomechanics module on the MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • 'Plantar Fasciitis', 'Plantar Fasciopathy' or 'Persistent Heel Pain' - does the label we use matter? 
  • The importance of a thorough subjective assessment.    
  • Recognising red flags.     
  • Tests that could highlight when further investigation is needed.        
  • Calcaneal squeeze test for potential stress fracture.
  • Having the confidence to refer out.     
  • The relevance of lower back pain.  
  • Plantar fibromas.
  • Statins and heel pain.  
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other systemic disease.
  • Fatty pad degeneration & gait adjustments 
  • Reminder of risk assessments for Covid-19 

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Our sincere thanks to Maddie Tate and Ian Griffiths for giving up their time to be guests on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast.

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STA107: Focus on Foot & Ankle’ Pt 1: ’Foot Anatomy’ with guests Dr Emma Cowley & Nick Knight

This month on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we start a new focus topic: 'The Foot & Ankle'. Three episodes, each one bringing you expert guests discussing and sharing their experience & knowledge regarding 'Foot & Ankle' injury management.

In this first episode, we look at the ANATOMY of the foot & ankle, with special guests Dr Emma Cowley, Director of 4D Podiatry & Senior Teaching Fellow at Southampton University, and Nick Knight, MSK/Sports Podiatrist & Owner of NK Sports Podiatry.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Why is the foot such an area of mystery? 
  • How the human foot differs from all other animals.    
  • Stiff big toes and the Windlass Mechanism   
  • How has our understanding of foot anatomy & function evolved?     
  • Podiatrists, Physios, Sports Therapists - there's good & bad in all professions.  
  • How do you tell patients that your approach to the foot & ankle has changed?    
  • Why do many educating bodies still turn out outdated information? 
  • Cadavers, Sweden and drilling pins into people.
  • The importance of the words we use with patients.  
  • Reliability of tests for foot & ankle
  • Overpronation - should we still use that word?
  • Understanding 'pain' with the foot & ankle.
  • CPD opportunity: Improving your assessment skills with Nick Knight (face-to-face in Romsey, UK)
  • Research opportunity: Dr Emma Cowley's work at Southampton University 

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Our sincere thanks to Dr Emma Cowley and Nick Knight for giving up their time to be guests on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast.

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STA106: ’Mental Health for Business’ with guests James Chapman and Emma Wardle

Whether you are running your own clinic or working as part of a team, how much attention do you pay to looking after your own Mental Health? Would you recognise the signs if you needed help? Would you know who to go to for support & advice?

In Part 4 of our month's 'Focus on BUSINESS', the topic is 'Mental Health for Business', with special guest James Chapman of AllAboutTheMind.com. James is an instructor for MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and was a guest back in January 2021 in Ep.35 'Mental Health First Aid Training' talking about how as therapists we can support our patients/clients. 

We are also joined by guest Emma Wardle, a graduate Sports Therapist, business & clinic owner Based In Farnborough, and South East Regional Rep for the Sports Therapy Association. Emma is also a previous guest on the show, back in November 2021 in Ep75 ‘Safety In Practice: Female Sports Massage Therapists’ which we thoroughly recommend you listen to. 

* * * Apologies for the slight echo at times on the audio recording. * * * 

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Are mental health issues on the increase? 
  • How as therapists do we avoid 'taking our work home'.    
  • Are soft tissue therapists susceptible to mental health issues?   
  • Taking time between sessions.  
  • How much of an effect can recent world events have on our stress levels?  
  • Can Social Media have a negative effect on therapists' mental health?    
  • Specific tips for soft tissue therapists to self care & avoid burn out. 
  • How the 'Mental Health First Aid' course' can help therapists. 
  • The importance of listening to others when they try to help.   
  • The role of medication
  • How to contact James Chapman & Emma Cowley  

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Our sincere thanks to James Chapman and Emma Wardle for giving up their time to be guests on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast.

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STA105: ’Social Media Marketing for Business' with special guest Gilly Woodhouse

In Part 3 of our month's 'Focus on BUSINESS', the topic is 'Social Media Marketing for Business', with special guest mentor and business development strategist Gilly Woodhouse.

Gilly Woodhouse is a Coach, Speaker, Trainer & Author who has been helping clinics become fully booked and profitable since 2013. With particular focus on guiding clinicians on how to avoid wasting time & money on stuff that doesn’t work, Gilly discusses in this episode ways that soft tissue therapists can streamline their business and social media marketing, save time, and be more efficient and profitable.

Topics discussed include:

  • The fear of using social media effectively 
  • How to choose which social media platform you shoud; use to market your business  
  • Listening to & using the language of your clients to help with your marketing 
  • Successful marketing can be the same for any type of therapist   
  • What does a 'bad' social media presence look like?
  • Typical mistakes business owners make when posting on social media 
  • How important is the time of day you send out posts? 
  • How much personal information should you share in your marketing? 
  • Understanding the 'Know-Like-Trust' principle 
  • Should you tailor your posts according to which platform you use?
  • Using Facebook Communities for networking 
  • Is there a danger of posting too much on social media?
  • Should soft tissue therapists still have a website?
  • Is Wordpress the best platform to use for websites?  
  • Writing blogs for Linkedin
  • How do you check if you are getting a return on your use of social media?
  • Check out Gilly Woodhouse's '90 Day Recession Proof Program' for your business (details on website link below)

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Our sincere thanks to Gilly Woodhouse for giving up her time to be a guest on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast!

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