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Publisher TOR DAVIES BSc (Hons) Editor BOB BRAMAH MSMA, MCSP Art editor DEBBIE ASHER Advertising manager PAUL HARRIS 020 8144 3391 Sales and marketing LISA NAJI 0845 652 1906 Subscriptions SANDRA GREATOREX 0845 652 1906



Steve Aspinall BSc (BASRaT), MSc Paula Clayton MSMA, MCSP Steven Cluney MSMA Dr Marco

PhD, MSc, BSc

Cardinale Dave Clark

MSc, BSc (Med Hons), BPE

Stuart Hinds Dip SST Brad Hiskins BSc, Dip SST Ian Jeffrey


BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE, CSCS

Michael Nichol BSc (BASRaT) Joan Watt

Dr Greg Whyte PhD, BSc (Hons) Welcome

Welcome to the autumn edition of sportEX dynamics. I’m a founder member of the Sports Massage

Association and practitioners often ask me. “Why should I join the SMA? What will I get out of it?” My answer is that I can’t tell them why they should join. I can only tell them why I’m a member. 1. I’m passionate about what I do.

2. I’m passionate about the use of massage and soft tissue techniques to help athletes reach their goals.

3. I want to be in an organisation of like minded people.

For me the SMA fits the bill. Does it do everything I want it to? No. Does it do what it does quickly enough? No. Can it get better at what it does? Yes. My answer applies not just to the SMA but to BASRAT, the Campaign for Real Ale or any other special interest group you can think off. None of them are perfect. They are small, generally run by amateurs and need their members to contribute. They are not big enough to be everything to everybody but one day with the members support they might be. To paraphrase President Kennedy, “Ask not what your group can do for you but what you can do for your group”.

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CONTENTS 4Journal watch

clients should we apply it? A new less is more approach.

A look at some of the latest research

7Stress reduction programme 10Evidence-based practice 14Modern myofascial release

How stress-reduction strategies can benefit What is evidence-based practice and why

An overview of all aspects of this condition within this sport

20Soft tissue treatment for the17Travelling with teams Effective and successful team travel

AFL hamstring condition 24The trials and tribulations of teaching sports therapy

A personal account of the transition from clinician to teacher

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