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Chapter 5: Everybody Deserves a Second Chance in Life

Photo by Alex King on Unsplash It’s only the second day of Pepper’s dream job, and already it feels like an eternity. Pepper hardly slept a wink last night, her mind racing from reflecting on what was a nightmare first day, Pepper, reluctantly dragged her body out of bed at 5am, showered, cleaned her teeth, swigged down a cup of green tea, limped ...

Chapter 4: When Seconds Feel Like A Lifetime

Pepper’s heart was pounding, she was waiting for Francie to pick up his phone. With every ring her mind waterfalled out of control, she wondered if she had messed everything up, her dreams, the perfect job opportunity? The phone rang out, Francie didn’t answer, she sank deeper into her chair. How will she tell the Gaffer that Francie is not coming ...

70 is the new 40

We seem to live in a world where the accepted norm is that we should do less as we grow older. Increasing age is matched with decreasing activity levels and a mindset that somehow doing less will be better for us!!! The reality is that moving less as you grow older will not prevent or reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, dementias, osteoart ...

Chapter 2: In The Shadows

Picture by: manu mangalassery, Pexels Francie’s dream of playing for Manchester United sprouted the day his dad gave him his first football shirt. Now he eats, drinks, sleeps football, almost to the point that it is unhealthy, almost to the point that his dad wished he never introduced him to it. On the other hand, it is a passion they share, a bo ...

The Team behind The Team

The concept of this series of short stories is to illustrate how to integrate the best clinical practice, research and evidence based guidelines into every day scenarios faced by Sport & Exercise Medicine practitioners in a way not seen before. The idea is to keep the stories faced paced and entertaining, evidence informed and clinically useful ...

Chapter 1 - The Adventures of the Great Francie McGroin

Chapter 1: Francie & Pepper In his mind, he feared the worst, his season, his career, his professional contract hopes had all been destroyed before it has even started. He was destined for the knife, but desperately longed for a fairytale ending…... Francie, has just turned 17 years old, although you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking him to ...

The Running Economist: How to Prevent Running Injuries - A Must Read

Injury Prevention: The Dream The concept of “PREVENTING RUNNING INJURIES” is still very much theoretical. Great strides are being made on the subject of running injuries, however “Injury prevention” at present is an aspiration rather than a reality. Rather than taking the dogmatic stance of “injury prevention”, I believe that a more plausible way ...

Running: Don’t Give Up on a Lifetime of Adventures

Photo by David Marcu on Unsplash So it’s coming up to Christmas already which is an exciting time of the year: parties, maybe a winter break in the sun or snow and the intention to get back into running for the New Year possibly. This piece of writing is dedicated to those runners who are struggling with an ongoing niggle or ache or an injury whic ...

Common Running Injuries

So following on from our last blog on running, below is a brief description of the common running injuries that we see at 108 SEM Clinic and some useful ideas to help you manage your pain levels. No harm in giving them a try and see how you get on. Exertional lower leg pain This is a form of exercise induced leg pain and is more commonly seen i ...

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