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CONTENTS 7Falling short4Journal watch

12MET versus PNF 17 Prove it! – part 2

Thoughts on a post card (or email) please? Bob Bramah MSMA, MCSP

Welcome Where do all the graduates go? We are certainly not short of sporting organisations in the UK. The Central

Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) which is the national alliance of governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK lists 316 members - organisations as diverse as The Football Association, British Water Ski and the Ramblers who together represent 150,000 clubs across the UK and some 8 million regular participants in sport and active Leisure.

Every year, private schools, local further education colleges and the universities turn out thousands of students newly qualified in massage, sports therapy or physiotherapy. Their qualifications range from Level 2 vocational qualifications through to masters degrees. But where do they all go? They are clearly not getting hitched up with the clubs. Anyone who works as a volunteer at one of the many charity sports events such as the London Marathon know that the athletes they treat post-race tell them that despite being affiliated to a sports club they receive little or no massage or sports injury treatment.

A look at some of the latest research Are practictioners failing gifted athletes? A comparison of these two manual

techniques and a look at the current evidence base for each

A look at all sources of CPD for your portfolio

21 The massage therapist’s 24 London 2012 update

survival guide

How to sustain your career as a massage therapist

The latest news about volunteering for the London 2012 games 26 sportEX update A look at the latest developments from sportEX

excellence sports

promoting in


activity health

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