Ep77 ‘Therapy Expo 2021 - Who To Watch?‘ with guests Mike Grice, Catherine Rimer and Stevie Barrat

In Ep.77 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we take one last opportunity to talk about the up & coming Therapy Expo 2021, happening next week on Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th at NEC Birmingham. Joining host Matt Phillips is Mike Grice, Director of Movement Therapy Education, STA regional rep Catherine Rimer, and STA member Stevie Barrat.

AND... in two week's time on Tuesday 30th of November in Episode 78 of the podcast, the same group will be back to discuss how the conference went!

We are obviously particularly excited this year as it will be a chance for listeners of the last 76 weeks of our podcast to finally meet up in person, in many cases for the first time face to face! Our podcast was born out of a demand created by the Covid-19 pandemic for communication, with therapists realising that much needed answers & support could be provided by talking with each other, as opposed to the traditional practice of keeping one's guard up in fear of losing clients!

Therapy Expo 2021 will therefore be a huge event on many levels. The Sport Therapy Association are the only professional association of our industry who have been at Therapy Expo every year since it first started in 2013, with a clear goal of providing face-to-face support for current STA members and be a clear, non biased source of information for soft tissue therapists interested in joining a professional association.

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Ep76 ‘Therapy Expo 2021‘ with special guest Liam Richardson, Head of Content.

In Ep.74 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we take a behind the scenes look at Therapy Expo 2021, happening THIS month on Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th at NEC Birmingham. To do so, we are joined by special guest Liam Richardson, Head of Content for Healthcare for CloserStill Media, the company that as well as organising Therapy Expo since the inaugural 2013 event, produces more than 80 over events in the UK and abroad, including The London Vet Show, The Pharmacy Show, Learning Technologies, The Dentistry Show, and more.

Topics discussed include:

  • How tricky was the decision to have Therapy Expo go ahead this year?
  • What Covid-19 precautions have been put into place?
  • How has Therapy Expo changed over the years?
  • What goals do you put into place when selecting content?
  • What are you particularly excited about this year?

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Ep75 'Safety In Practice: Female Sports Massage Therapists'

Despite it being 2021, we sadly STILL live in an age where Sports & Massage Therapists do not always feel safe during / after work. From inappropriate banter, comments & requests to stalking, attack & abuse, therapists within our industry are subjected to what many of us do not realise is shockingly common abuse, highlighting a total lack of understanding of what Sports & Remedial Massage is all about. 

In Ep.75 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we focus on safety at work for Female Massage Therapists, though the subject of safety of work is obviously one that can affect all therapists regardless of gender. We are joined live by nine female massage therapists, each of whom was kind enough to share personal details of their experiences and join each other in thought & discussion. The extent of this issue rapidly becomes apparent, causing us to seriously ask ourselves why this topic is so often ignored or swept under the carpet.

Warning: The subject matter in this episode may cause distress, so please check who is around you when you are listening. If you are affected by the content of this episode and would like support or simply a chat, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ep74 'Massage 2021 - Year of Change?' with special guests The Massage Collective

In Ep.74 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we welcome back to the show The Massage Collective - Anna Maria Mazzieri, Becky DeMott Horton & Matt Scarsbrook.Though it's not quite Christmas yet, with Therapy Expo 2021 just around the corner it gives us an opportune moment to look back at 2021 at consider changes we have seen in the Sports Massage Industry over the year.

Anna Maria, Becky and Matt started the 'Massage Collective' back in October 2020 and from the outset proved to be key players in the promotion & facilitation of a shift in how massage therapy is presented within healthcare provision. In this episode, Anna Maria and Matt (Becky could sadly not join us in the live studio) take a look at how far our Industry has come in a year, and what 2022 potentially holds in terms of goals, challenges and continued evolution.

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STA73 'Evidence Informed Pilates' with special guest Raphael Bender

In Ep.73 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we bring you an hour with special guest Raphael Bender, CEO of Breathe Education, a hugely popular Pilates training programme based in Australia, Melbourne. With a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, a Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science, a Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy and full Stott Pilates instructor trainer certification, Raphael is host of the Pilates Elephants podcast, along with co-host Cloe Bunter.

In this episode, Raphael talks to us about the phases of focus change that Pilates has gone through since its inventor Joseph Hubertus Pilates first developed what he called "Contrology" in the early 20th century.

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Ep72 'Tokyo: Working With Elite Athletes' with special guest Poora Singh

In Ep.72 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we have the great pleasure of welcoming special guest Poora Singh. As well as being Senior Osteopath for British Athletics Team GB, Poora is also the Lead Therapist for the PGA European Challenge Tour and works on the Race to Dubai Physio Unit with the World's Elite Golfers travelling worldwide to Golf events. He was part of the Medical Team for Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Poora has been the Consultant Osteopath to Birmingham City Football Club for the last 11 years and for Aston Villa Football Club for 4 years. In this episode, Poora shares some of his great experience of working with Elite Athletes, including his recent time with Team GB in Tokyo. He discusses the differences & similarities compared to working with recreational athletes, and offers advice for therapists aspiring to work in these elite circles.

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