Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Start of the 2013/2014 Domestic Season

Hey everyone...

Yes, cricket season is here and what a wonderful time for all of us!! The domestic season has started and we've already seen the bizhub Highveld Lions compete in the CLT20. To my teammates that represented South Africa alongside the Unlimited Titans on the world stage: bad luck boys - let's get back to winning ways in the Momentum Cup!!!

So, I get to Potchefstroom on Wednesday morning and start our training session - ready and excited to get onto the field and start the season. Surprise, surprise!!! My season will not yet start after all... I tore the same meniscus which kept me out of action for five months last year. Now, despite the fact that it is a crap feeling and as frustrating as it might be, I must really commend the medical staff at Mooimed Clinic and Discovery Medical Aid for their swift, efficient and just great service.

I got to the clinic at 11:30 in the morning, had everything organised by 12:30 and was out of surgery by 20:00.

So, this blog is not about the cricket at all, but about a very positive experience I had with modern day medical technology, efficient staff and a great surgical team. Also, I have just yet again realised how important it is in modern day sport to have all of these things in order. Like I said, it is the second time that I have had surgery on this knee and both times the time span between me getting injured and getting out of the hospital/clinic was less than 24 hours!! Added onto this, is that not once have I had to pay anything myself - I was fully covered by the medical aid. This is a great assurance in a time where the only thing you want to be thinking about is what impact this injury will have on your season, or career.

I also watched the DVD of my surgery - wow!!! Tell you what, we have moved forward in medicine when it comes to the technology... As I'm sitting watching Nadal and Djokovic beat each other up on the tennis court (Nadal himself having suffered from serious knee problems as of late...), I can only wonder how long my dad's recovery was after his knee surgery. I look at the scar on his knee and then look at the two small incisions I have and think: what the hell did they cut through in the past?!? Don't get me wrong, it's not like I am saying that surgery in the past was less efficient, or bad!! What I am saying, is that it is wonderful how people dedicate their lives to the continuous improvement and enhancement of techniques etc so that anyone can have an increased  quality of life!!

I take my hat of to these people!!!

Lastly, if there was anything I learnt from this week again, it is this...

Make sure that you have your health covered. Whether you are a professional sportsman or woman, working in high risk jobs, or whether you are an ordinary guy - life does throw funny things your way whenever it wants - normally when you least expect it, or can afford it. Make sure that you have the right insurance and cover that you will need - it leaves you with a lot of  re-assurance when you have the right insurance...

Health definitely is Wealth...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Stability Training

Stage 1: Stable 1
This stage is to get to know the difference between stability and mobility – any and all questions the client has, must be answered here.
Make sure the client has a full understanding of what he/she is about to start doing.
Both feet and/or hands on a stable surface.
This should be seen as the phase of correct recruitment, correct activation and implementing of the correct firing patterns.
Also – differentiation and dissociation should be mastered in this stage as to move on to the next stage.

Stage 2: Stable 2
Both feet and/or hands on a stable surface.

Stage 3: Unstable 1
Both feet and/or hands on an unstable surface.

Stage 4: External Forces & Perturbations
These should be applied firstly to Stage 1 and then progressed through Stage 2 and Stage 3.
Therapist/Trainer starts applying pressure on various areas and in different directions as to upset the stability of the client.
Also, elastics may be used to gently pull in different directions at various points to upset the stability of the client.

Stage 5: Activities
Catching, Throwing, Hitting and Kicking Activities
Start in Stage 2 and progress through to Stage 3 and Stage 4

Stage 6: Stable 3
One foot and/or hand on a stable surface

Stage 7: Unstable 2
One foot and/or hand on an unstable surface

Stage 8: External Forces & Perturbations
These should be applied firstly to Stage 6 and then progressed through Stage 7.
Therapist/Trainer starts applying pressure on various areas and in different directions as to upset the stability of the client.
Also, elastics may be used to gently pull in different directions at various points to upset the stability of the client.

Stage 9
Catching, Throwing, Hitting and Kicking Activities
Start in Stage 6 and progress through to Stage 7 and Stage 8

In Supine:
TA Activation
Pelvic Mobility – Posterior & Anterior Tilt
Glut-Hamstring-Lower Back Firing Pattern
Segmental Bridging
Dead Bug and its Progressions
Double Leg Bridges
Double Leg Bridges with Sideways Walk
Single Leg Bridges
Single Leg Bridges with Straight Leg Movement
Single Leg Bridges with Hip Rotation
Single Leg Bridges with Straight Leg Fly
Double Leg Supine Plank
Single Leg Supine Plank
Reformer Work

In Side-Lying:
Thoracic Rotations
GlutMed Activation
Burn-Outs at 45 degrees
Side Plank
Side Plank with Clam
Single Leg Side Plank
Single Leg Side Plank with Burn-Out
Single Leg Side Plank with Burn-Out at 45 degrees

In Prone:
Rhomboids, Lats, Trapezius Activation
Serratus Push-Ups
Multifidi Activation
Glut Activation
Glut-Hamstring-Lower Back Firing Pattern
Dissociation between Lumbar Extension bmo Lumbar Mobilisers and Hip Extension bmo Gluts and some Adductors
Plank – Elbow
Plank - Hands
One arm or One Leg Plank
Superman Plank

In Four Point Kneeling:
Thoracic Mobs
Hip Extensions
Clam/Hip Extension Combo
GlutMed Swivels
Single Leg GlutMed Swivels
Same-Side Superman

In Sitting:
All the Different Activations
Scapula Setting
Pelvis Mobility – Posterior and Anterior Tilt
Weight Shifting
Lifting One Leg and Weight Shifting
Stand Up/Sit Down
Stand Up/Sit Down – Single Leg

In Standing:
Single Leg Balance
Wall Squats
Single Leg Wall Squats
Single Leg Squats
Step Ups/Step Downs
Golfer’s PickUp
March/Golfer’s PickUp Combo
747 with Thoracic Twists
747 with YTWL

Friday, May 17, 2013

Re-inventing the Wheel...

Good morning everyone....

So, for a while now I have been wondering about how functional we are training as sportsmen and what could be done about it.

Let me just make it abundantly clear that I am not doubting any trainer and/or therapist that I have worked with past or present. What I have been thinking of, however, derived from the fact that during my time as a therapist - I have seen to many lower limb injuries happening while nobody was near the guy injuring himself... I have been a massive supporter of the mentality of prehabilitation, instead of rehabilitation and because of this combination I have been searching for something supported by outcome based research - something tried and tested...

Yesterday I joined an institution and someone I regard as one of the better trainers currently in the country and it all started coming together. It turns out that what I have been thinking about, has been implemented into their training for some time now and has actually been around for a while now... You could imagine my relief realising that I haven't been too far off with my thinking.

As a sportsman, we seldom remain on our heels for more than a couple of seconds - in fact I sometimes wonder if you ever end up on your heels at all!!! We are always on our toes, or at least on the front part of our feet... Have you ever tried running on your heels?!?!? And how often do we do something in only one plane or one dimension - no sport I know of is one dimensional....

I've therefor been in search of a multi-dimensional, actively stabilising, explosive way of training for a while now and I think I am in the process of finding this. If you read through this, you will easily see that nothing I have said so far, has the potential of re-inventing the wheel. But, it has confirmed that what I have been searching for has been tried and tested and that it has been backed by some serious mind power for some time now!!

So, this has given me the confidence of incorporating this more and more into rehab, prehab and everyday training - so, lets hope all my questions get the answers I would like...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Introduction to my blog...

Hello everyone...

I have decided to add this blog to my site, because I felt there was a need to also give you a look into the more personal part of what I do, what I plan and not just some articles on physiotherapy. So, alongside the articles that will be available on a monthly basis (I hope...!!),  I'm hoping to also give you a look at the life of a professional sportsman and physiotherapist. Thus, if you see any miss-spellings and bad grammar... Blame the auto correct on my computer and not me...

So, tomorrow will be my first month as a Private Practice Owner - a month of Liberty!!!!

When you read my story on my website, you will see that I mentioned that no book or lecture room could prepare you for the organised chaos of the real world out there. Tell you what, I think I have just realised that I have taken the next step in adulthood by becoming my own boss - what a feeling...

Yes, a great feeling it is, but one must always remember that once you become your own boss - you take on the responsibility and duty of not just a therapist.... No, you instantaneously become a manager, a financial advisor, a strategic planner and a businessman...

This month has taught me a lot - from how much work goes into getting your rooms ready for treatments, getting all your stock organised, making sure you plan right as to when you will need what in your rooms, who will be your target market, how to market... All the way through to how much patience you actually should have to keep calm when working with other people you rely on and which you have no control over... Something I have found I need to practice a little more!!!!!

All in all, through all of what has happened in the last month I must say the most forthcoming feeling
has been the one of knowing that you are busy building something for yourself and for the ones that you love most and care for the most. It is very true when they say that once you have the opportunity to follow your passion by applying it in real life as your career of choice, you have won most of the battles and a big part of the war... I must also acknowledge that I wouldn't have been able to do this without the help and support of the people close to me who stood by me through all the planning,
decision making and preparation...

So, I'm looking forward to sharing some of the more interesting things in my life with you through this blog - one of which is the start of our winter training program. I saw an outline of it last week... I'm going to tell you all about it next time!!!