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Dr Greg Whyte PhD, BSc (Hons) Guest editorial

JULY 2013

At our annual conference in June, The Sports Massage Association (SMA) added the strapline “The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists” to its

marketing material. This small addition signals a sea change in attitude and ambition, particularly in the UK. For many years it has been clear that some of our members’ skills have not been adequately reflected in the descriptor Sports Massage Practitioner or Therapist and additionally our membership no longer simply comprises those individuals. Members can of course continue to use the title that suits them best, but it seems logical to make a change that reflects the broader ‘church’ that the SMA has become.

It also signals an era of cooperation and collaboration between those organisations that represent ‘soft tissue therapists’. If we are to progress as an industry for the benefit of our members, then the parochialism and defensiveness which has so often marred progress, must stop. We must find ways to cooperate and drive the profession forward. Dare I say it, but that there may also be a case for consolidation of some professional associations where it makes sense to do so.

The ‘small thinking’ has to stop – every continent has faced and in many cases still does face the same terminology issues – going forwards we need to work much more closely with Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa in terms of mapping education models as well as agreeing common terminology. Big ideas require ‘big thinking’ – are we ready for the challenge?

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4 Journal watch 7 Aquatic therapy 13 Fascial release

CONTENTS This quarter’s latest research It’s use in sports rehabilitation

An investigation into the evidence for its effectiveness

Any thoughts? Let’s Paul Medlicott, Chair of SMA, Chair GCMT, Profession Specific Board Member (Massage) CNHC

20 Maximising the gluteus: part 218 Kinesio tape The latest evidence base

28 Music, pain and sport TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SPORTEX VISIT The role of music in rehabilitation

The second part of this focus on how to treat problems associated with the gluteus muscles

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