Marie and I were invited to the Gala Diner which was raising money for the Yorkshire Young Achievers Charity ,www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk which is an organisation which helps to recognize and reward the endeavors of young people across Yorkshire. The money raised goes towards many local projects including: contributing towards a soft play area for John Jamieson School which includes children with physical and medical difficulties; a new wheel chair for a young disabled athlete enabling to continue the sport he loves, basketball and rugby; Support Dogs a charity which provides dogs to help children with autism and other problems that would otherwise restrict the children’s life and compromise their safety.
Not only was it a very enjoyable evening but it celebrated the fact that young people can show audacity and intergrity when it comes to having to face adversity just as much as any adult.
Thank you Mike Riley at the PGMOL for inviting us .
We are forever treating patients who feel almost embarrassed that they want to continue playing or participating in sport once they reach 50ish. People are more aware of their health and they feel that by continuing to participate in their hobby it will prevent future cardiovascular problems occurring .
This is a good ideology but we still need to remember that the body like any other” machine “, may need adjustments.
People are often surprised that as they have been running, cycling or playing a particular sport for most of their lives why should they develop for example a knee or back problem .
We explain that the chosen hobby doesn’t necessarily strengthen all the joints of the body and that other activities during their life needs to be considered.
So our advice is to have regular MOT’s on their body in order to fine tune muscles and joints as they did when they were younger. Training is needed probably more so now if we are able to enjoy a long and active injury -free life.
Last week we heard the tragic news that a close colleague of ours, Stuart Calder, an extremely well respected Orthopaedic Surgeon died tragically on a beach in Cornwall trying to save the lives of others who got in difficulty whilst surfing in the sea.
We have worked closely with Stuart for over 20 years and found him to be always professional and approachable. His loss will be an incredible loss to the Sporting and Orthopaedic world .
Our thoughts are with his family and also partner Nick London.
We are seeing a large increase in people taking up cycling as a hobby, particularly after finishing playing a contact sport for many years. This may lead to different muscle groups being used and different stresses being placed on joints that have had previous injuries. Cycling like swimming is a sport offer perceived to be an option which will not put too much stress on joints and may be taken lightly.
We are now beginning to understand that in order to gain the trust of cyclists that we need not just to have the knowledge regarding the injury itself but also the understanding of how the bike should fit the patient correctly. We are now able to assess the cyclist by asking them to bring the bike in and sit them on a Turbo. We find this to be very effective in managing as well as treating the individuals problem.
Musculoskeletal injuries in children has been an area long neglected . There is a real possibility of missing diagnosis in this vulnerable age group and a possible mismanagement of cases.
Recently we have attended a course run by Sid Ahmed who is an expert in this field. It highlighted problems particularly in the lower and upper limb including growth related problems which sometimes can be dismissed as growing pains.
It was extremely useful course which will enhance our ability to correctly prevent issues developing in the young sporting child.
We’d like to let everyone know that we have a new member of staff, Jamie Heaviside. He is currently a senior physiotherapist working for the Ministry of Defence in Harrogate working with staff and junior soldiers (aged 16-18). Recently he has been actively involved in a rehabilitation service improvement project within the Army Foundation College. He also developed his skills working in the NHS whilst also working privately for Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Athletics and professional Ice Hockey.
Jamie is working late evenings and Saturday mornings.