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STA131 'Have Your Say' - Preparing Your Clinic for 2023

Happy New Year! As it’s the first Tuesday of the month, we bring you a 'HAVE YOUR SAY' episode in which host Matt Phillips is joined in the studio by soft tissue therapists to discuss real issues that affect our industry, with a particular focus in this episode on how soft tissue therapists can/should be preparing their business & clinic for the coming year. To help us, we are also joined by Tim Allaryce, Group Clinical Director, Founder of RehabMyPatient and NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur.

Guests in this episode: 

  • Gary Benson - Founder of the Sports Therapy Association (STA)
  • Catherine Rimer - STA Regional rep for Leeds/West Yorkshire
  • Nicki Mansfield of Mansfield Massage & Movement in St Ives, Canbridgeshire 
  • Scott Loynes:  Regional Rep Co-ordinator STA North East and Yorkshire
  • Tim Allaryce: Founder of RehabMyPatient and NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur

 

Topics discussed:

  • 8:23 - Is 2023 going to be a difficult year for Soft Tissue Therapists?
  • 11:30 - The value that Membership Associations will play in 2023
  • 14:50 - Catherine Rimer: the worry of high expenses
  • 17:14 - Tim Allardyce: how to keep expenses low
  • 20:50 - Gary Benson: Viability Studies
  • 22:05 - Nicki Mansfield: moving home & having a vision
  • 25:40 - Tim Allardyce: is now a time to put prices up?
  • 30:30 - Scott Loynes: Coffee Morning Chats for STA members
  • 38:20 - Gary Benson: tips for vision and the prices we charge
  • 44:30 - Nicki Mansfield: skills & specialisms
  • 49:05 - Should soft tissue therapists have websites?
  • 57:10 - Soft tissue therapists preparing for 2023: top tips     


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Our sincere thanks to al of the STA regional reps & members who joined us for this episode, as well as the great Tim Allardyce of Rehab My Patient and everyone who tuned in live to watch the recording. 

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STA130: Focus on Education Pt2: 'The ST School' with guests Anna Maria Mazzieri & Students

In Ep.130 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we bring you the final part of this month's 'Focus on Education' with special guest Anna Maria Mazzieri, Director & Lead Tutor of The ST School, a highly regarded group of training providers delivering the Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy (BTEC level 5) in Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham.

Having trained in Massage Therapy in 2002 and progressed into more clinical aspects of the profession (including the ISRM Soft Tissue Therapy Diploma and a BSc in Sports Therapy) Anna Maria champions its role in modern MSK care. Through her clinics and schools, she is driving a change in Soft Tissue Therapy practice and Training by pushing for Evidence Based Practice, a drive which she is now expanding to the wider industry with her involvement in developing a new curriculum for the introduction of Evidence Based Practice in one of the UK Soft Tissue Therapy qualifications.

Joining Anna Maria in this episode are past & present students of The Soft Tissue School Imi Testa, Jo Holloway and Michal Konopko.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • 10:00 Anna Maria Mazzieri: From the 'Massage Clinic' to 'Massage Training School' to 'The School' to the 'Soft Tissue Therapy School'
  • 12:00 Imi Testa: What to call oneself in the soft tissue therapy industry 
  • 13:50 Gary Benson: History of identity within training  
  • 15:46 Anna Maria Mazzieri: How courses are described at The Soft Tissue Therapy School  
  • 16:50 Michal Konolko: Words in Advertising 
  • 19:44 Jo Holloway: Selling what I do rather than what I am called.  
  • 24:00 Moving on from the traditional 'Monkey See Monkey Do' teaching of soft tissue techniques. 
  • 29:30 A look at Anna Maria's website & courses at thestschool.co.uk 
  • 32:49 Imi Testa: Personal experience of The 'Upgrade To Level 5' Course 
  • 40:45 Jo Holloway: Personal experience of The 'Upgrade To Level 5' Course
  • 48:40 The past & future for training courses
  • 55:00 CPD courses in early 2023 at The Soft Tissue Therapy School, including Angela Jackson 'Active Kids Are Not Mini Adults' and Matt Phillips 'Gait Analysis For Runners: A Modern Approach'

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Our sincere thanks to Anna Maria, Imi Testa, Jo Holloway and Michal Konopko for giving up their time to be guests on the show! 

Want to join the live recordings?
Episodes of the Sports Therapy Association podcast are recorded live every TUESDAY at 8pm on the Sports Therapy Association YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an STA member! If you cannot join us live, be sure to subscribe to the 'Sports Therapy Association Podcast' on all popular podcast apps to be notified when new episodes are available.

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STA129: Focus on Education Pt1: 'Movement Therapy Education' with guest Mike Grice & MTE Students

In Ep.129 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we bring you the first of a two part 'Focus on Education' with special guest Mike Grice, Director of Movement Therapy Education.

Movement Therapy Education is a specialist training company delivering therapy education. Started by Mike Grice in 2003, its courses are designed to bridge the gap between the fitness industry/sports massage and clinicians. Their mission statement: “to teach the skills that help therapists who have not been to University to develop their clinical, critical thinking and research skills to ensure they can communicate effectively with those working in Allied Healthcare.”

Mike Grice is a Registered Osteopath with over 20 years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry. He lectures on the FdSc and BSc Sports Therapy programmes at University College Birmingham and throughout the world in Anatomy and Intrinsic Biomechanics Coaching. Mike is a lead tutor/instructor for Elite Therapy Education, Biomechanics Education, Oxford School of Sports Massage (OSSM), RockTape/RockBlade and NAQI and regularly teaches courses for Premier League and Championship football clubs.

Mike regularly presents at conferences including Therapy Expo, FitPro, International Fitness Showcase, Good Health Show and the IOC world conference for Injury Prevention in Monaco. He also runs Movement Therapy Clinics in Birmingham where his team put all that Movement Therapy Education teach in to practice.


Joning Mike Grice in this episode are past MTE students Jack Woolhouse & Jai Mistry, and current MTE student Julie Duff.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • 7:20 Mike's involvement at Therapy Expo 
  • 13:00 Jack Woolhouse - did MTE Diploma Course 4 years ago, now works with Mike in Harbourne Clinic  
  • 14:40 Jai Mistry - did MTE Diploma Course 2 years ago, now doing a pre-reg MSc Physiotherapy
  • 16:20 Julie Duff - started MTE Diplom this year 
  • 17:50 The advantages of being to able to evolve a course
  • 18:50 Why Jack & Jai went on to do further studies after the MTE Diploma  
  • 21:40 The Research Methods Module
  • 29:05 The history of Level 3 Courses in UK 
  • 36:00 The value & challenges of paying for a course   
  • 40:55 The difficulties of standardising L3 courses
  • 47:15 How did the MTE Diploma help prepare for the Physiotherapy MSc?
  • 1:04:40 Green, Amber & Red zones of learning 

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Our sincere thanks to Mike, Jack, Jai and Julie for giving up their time to be guests on the show! 

Want to join the live recordings?
Episodes of the Sports Therapy Association podcast are recorded live every TUESDAY at 8pm on the Sports Therapy Association YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an STA member! If you cannot join us live, be sure to subscribe to the 'Sports Therapy Association Podcast' on all popular podcast apps to be notified when new episodes are available.

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If you appreciate what we do, please take a couple of minutes to leave us a rating & review on Apple Podcasts. It really does make all the difference in helping us reach out to a larger audience. iPhone users you can do this from your phone, Android users you will need to do it from iTunes.

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STA128: ’Cognitive Biases & Judgement Noise’ with special guest Tristen Attenborough

In Ep.123 of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we bring you 'Cognitive Biases & Judgement Noise' with special guest Tristen Attenborough.

With a record number of presentations at this year’s Therapy Expo, one speaker that definitely caused a stir was Tristen Attenborough. His presentation “In my experience... the world is more or less flat” delved into cognitive psychology - how we perceive the world, remember things and make decisions. By delivering insight into topics such as memory, cognitive biases, judgement noise and intuition, Tristen presented the argument that by understanding our fallibilities we can become better therapists.

Owner of Move Massage Pro in Northamptonshire, Tristen is committed to developing evidence-based practice. He was awarded an MSc in Pain Management (with distinction) at Cardiff University in 2021.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • 7:00 Is the therapy world ready for Tristen Attenborough?
  • 8:50 Unifying Psychology and Massage Therapy
  • 11:25 How do we communicate science better?
  • 12:00 Pre-ordained mistakes we make because we are people
  • 14:40 Shout out for Bronnie Lennox Thompson - Pain geek, PhD, passionate knowledge translator
  • 16:08 How valid is 'experience'? 
  • 19:30 Perceptual errors: optical illusions
  • 23:00 Cognitive Biases & Logical Fallacies
  • 24:45 Confirmation Bias, Sterotyping, Gambler's Fallacy, 
  • 27:00 Pareidolia - seeing faces in clouds and dog's as*es
  • 32:00 Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, Charles Neer & Missing Data
  • 37:06 WW2 Planes, Bullet Holes & Abraham Wald
  • 41:25 We're only 'seeing a slither of reality' in clinic
  • 47:40 Don't automatically take credit for a great patient outcome
  • 49:50 Imposter Syndrome & Dunner-Kruger Effect
  • 54:00 We need a Part Two!
  • 60:20 What questions do you have for Part 2? 

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Our sincere thanks to Tristen Attenborough for giving up his time to be a guest on the show. For Part Two, please email YOUR QUESTIONS to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Episodes of the Sports Therapy Association podcast are recorded live every TUESDAY at 8pm on the Sports Therapy Association YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an STA member! If you cannot join us live, be sure to subscribe to the 'Sports Therapy Association Podcast' on all popular podcast apps to be notified when new episodes are available.

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STA127 ’Have Your Say’ - Post Therapy Expo Episode

The 'Have Your Say' episode on the Sports Therapy Association Podcast is normally recorded on the first Tuesday of the month, but with the recently attended Therapy Expo 2022 at the NEC Birmingham (November 23rd & 24th), we thought we'd record the episode a week early to give YOU the listener the chance to share your thoughts & reflections!

The STA has proudly been a part of Therapy Expo every year since its launch in 2013 at Manchester Central. In 2015, when Therapy Expo moved to the NEC Birmingham, the STA followed, with a clear mission of supporting its members and helping raise standards within the industry. This year, like last year, we had our dedicated 'STA Open Theatre' with two days of quality speakers taking to the stand:

STA Thetare Both days

In this episode, host Matt Phillips of Runchatlive is joined by STA regional reps and members to reflect on how the two days and went and discuss what could potentially be done to make Therapy Expo 2023 even better. Matt is joined by: 

  • Gary Benson - Founder of the Sports Therapy Association (STA)
  • Catherine Rimer - STA Regional rep for Leeds/West Yorkshire
  • Leslie Campbell of Leslie Campbell Massage in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • Stevie Barr of Fit Thru Life, based in Glasgow
  • Simon Webster - Sports Therapist And Fitness Coach from Bournemouth
  • Ryan Smith - STA Regional Rep East of England and co-host of 'Let's Be Frank Podcast'
  • Dr Fiona Higgs - Director of Move Well Learning & co-host of 'Women In Sports Therapy Podcast' (WIST)


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Our sincere thanks to al of the STA regional reps & members who joined us for this episode, to everyone who tuned in live to watch the recording. A huge thank you to all of this year's fantastic speakers in the STA Therapy Update Theatre, and to Therapy Expo for working with us once agin to help promote excellence in the soft tissue therapy industry. 

Want to join the live recordings?
Episodes of the Sports Therapy Association podcast are recorded live every TUESDAY at 8pm on the Sports Therapy Association YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an STA member! If you cannot join us live, be sure to subscribe to the 'Sports Therapy Association Podcast' on all popular podcast apps to be notified when new episodes are available.

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STA126: 'The Endurance Physio' with special guest Mike James

One week til we pack our bags & head up to Therapy Expo 2022 at the NEC Birmingham, November 23rd & 24th. The STA has proudly been a part of Therapy Expo every year since its launch in 2013 at Manchester Central. In 2016, when Therapy Expo moved to the NEC Birmingham, the STA followed, with a clear mission of supporting its members and helping raise standards within the industry. This year, like last year, we bring you our dedicated 'STA Open Theatre', offering you two full days of quality speakers.

Over the nine years of Therapy Expo, speakers have come and gone, but one that has stood the test of time and will be once again both chairing and presenting this year is Mike James 'The Endurance Physio'.

Mike holds a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and Bachelors degrees in Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Science. He is a former military Physical Training Instructor who has spent over 20 years working with novice to elite endurance athletes. He has a long career as an endurance athlete completing over 100 marathons and ultra-marathons, 14 Ironman Triathlon and many other ultra-distance events. He is Director of The Endurance Physio, providing treatment to athletes and education for clinicians working with endurance athletes. 

In this episode of the Sports Therapy Association Podcast, we chat with Mike about his extensive career and how over the years he has modified his working practice to suit the time at hand. Mike gives some excellent advice on how soft tissue therapists can be successful in giving their career longevity, and stay up to date with modern practice.

Mike also tells about his presentations at this year's Therapy Expo, all in Theatre B:

  • Wednesday 09:55– 10:25: 'Supercharging your subjective: how to avoid the biggest mistakes we all make at the start of an assessment.'
  • Thursday 10:35– 11:05: 'Making the other 167 hours matter: why it's so important to influence what they do when they aren't in clinic and how to do it.'
  • Thursday 14:10– 14:40: 'Give less but do more!: the only three exercise progressions you'll ever need for any exercise.'

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Our sincere thanks to Mike James for giving up his time to be a guest on the show. Remember, Mike will be presenting in Theatre B at Therapy Expo on the Wednesday 09:55– 10:25 'Supercharging your subjective: how to avoid the biggest mistakes we all make at the start of an assessment' and on the Thursday 10:35– 11:05 'Making the other 167 hours matter: why it's so important to influence what they do when they aren't in clinic and how to do it.' and 14:10– 14:40 'Give less but do more!: the only three exercise progressions you'll ever need for any exercise.'

Want to join the live recordings?
Episodes of the Sports Therapy Association podcast are recorded live every TUESDAY at 8pm on the Sports Therapy Association YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an STA member! If you cannot join us live, be sure to subscribe to the 'Sports Therapy Association Podcast' on all popular podcast apps to be notified when new episodes are available.

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