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Dr Joseph Brence - DPT, COMT, DAC Susan Findlay - MSMA Stuart Hinds - BSc, SMT Brad Hiskins - BSc, RMT Whitney Lowe - LMT

Anna Maria Mazzieri - ITEC MISRM CNHC Reg. Paul Medlicott - MBA, MSMA John Sharkey - MSc Joan Watt - MCSP, MSMA

Editorial The world of soft tissue therapy has long espoused an ethos of

continuity and connectiveness related to the human body. The concept of continuity is easier to agree with than describe, particularly at the clinical practice level. We can appreciate that a patient’s right shoulder pain could be due to an issue some distance away in the contralateral hip. Medicine has long influenced the education of soft tissue therapists. We align ourselves to be seen as complementary rather than alternative to medical practitioners. Hence we learn traditional anatomy based on parts, some connected locally some less connected. This is at odds with what we firmly hold true, which is that everything is connected. Recent and current articles in sportEX dynamics by myself, Antonio Stecco and the most recent in a series by Jo Avison, are providing us with a new and rich language allowing a more comprehensive understanding of how the body is connected. New models including Levin’s BioTensegrity provide research-based explanations of anatomy and living motion that are a reflection of our profession’s long held ethos that the body is one. Myers model based on myofascial trains is also an important piece of this jigsaw. Perhaps the time is nearing when our profession will influence medical training and the medical curriculum so that we may claim responsibility for changing out-dated terms such as “musculoskeletal”. Any thoughts?

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CONTENTS 13 Taping 8 Biotensegrity Part 3 4 Journal watch

The latest soft tissue research Levers or closed kinematic chains? K-tape stretch properties 18 Swedish massage in sport

Use of ‘Swedish’ techniques in treating injury


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