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Publisher TOR DAVIES BSc (Hons)

Art editor DEBBIE ASHER Sub editor ALISON SLEIGH Journal watch BOB BRAMAH

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COMMISSIONING EDITORS Brad Hiskins - Australia & NZ Whitney Lowe - USA & Canada Humphrey Bacchus - UK & Europe Glenn Withers - Worldwide Dr Marco Cardinale - Worldwide Dr Thien Dang Tan - USA & Canada Dr Joseph Brence, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT, DAC


Bob Bramah MCSP, MSMA Paula Clayton Stuart Hinds Rob Granter Michael Nichol



Joan Watt MCSP, MSMA Dr Greg Whyte PhD, BSc (Hons)

BSc (BASRaT), MSc MSc, FA Dip, Mast STT


JUL 2014

So with this issue we’re entering our 16th year of publishing and

I’ve indulged in some reflection of this time on page 33+34. In sportEX medicine I’ve used my editorial to reflect on what this time has meant for our readers. Physical therapy has sadly got caught up in turf wars between professions, manual therapy on the other hand is going from strength to strength. In May we attended the inaugural Fascia Symposium which is to be held again in 2 years time. It was well attended with around 320 delegates from across the world and the speaker quality was superb. Having been involved with the Sports Massage Association from it’s inception and therefore having been very tuned in to the concept of fascia, it’s exciting to see so much happening in this area. Massage and manual therapy is really starting to fly. Not only is the evidence base for the benefits of massage growing steadily, but the almost daily discoveries about the interconnectedness of the body through the myofascial system, is even more exciting and we will be developing this area of content strongly in sportEX dynamics over the coming years.

For me the subject of massage and manual therapy is is only going to get hotter and I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing what comes from the next 15 years of publishing!

Tor Davies, physio-turned publisher and sportEX founder is published by

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sportEX medicine - ISSN 1471-8138. Written specifically

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4 Journal watch 8 Kinesio taping 13 Fibromyalgia

This quarter’s latest soft tissue research

Find out why it is used and how to apply it

Chronic pain is a big problem in the UK. Improve your understanding of the conditions that cause it

CONTENTS 17 Treating persistent pain

Empathy improves treatment outcomes

23 Teaching and learning anatomy 27 Fascial stretching

Multimodal learning improves recall

Follow the 10 principles of Fascial Stretch Therapy for quicker results


A look back over the last 15 years of sportEX

excellence sports

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