Clinical Sports Medicine represents a glorious phase of learning and growth for me in this industry. 22 years ago, I was newly qualified and hungry to devour huge tracts of information - make myself the best I could be.
It was like a learning paradise to see pages loaded with diagrammes, photos, and new concepts on the nature of sporting injury and the interventions required.
Sean Fitzpatrick is one of the most successful rugby captains of all time, having played for the sporting team on the planet that possesses the highest win ratio of any team, the New Zealand All Blacks. He played 128 times for New Zealand, 51 as captain.
An episode of the latest Dr Who series was one of the most compelling pieces of drama I’ve seen for a long time. The blending of science fiction with historical reality not only created a compelling drama but also provided a real life insight on enduring issues such as racism, social mores and especially, leadership.
In a galaxy far away, leadership was such a simple, binary process; the order is issued and obeyed without question. Options were fewer; the world was far less connected and invulnerable to rapid disruption.
Our globally connected digital world has turned this on its head!
If you ever want to hear from one of the ‘grandfathers’ of the functional world, then Gray Cook’s book, Movementwill give you a sharp insight into the world of human movement. It makes captivating reading for any health and fitness professional.
Recently I booked into Specsavers for an eye test. I had this black ‘floater’ in my left eye, which I had had for over a week and I was growingly increasingly concerned. The physical tests were explained clearly and inspired confidence and the third person I saw gave me such an informative insight into my predicament and left me relieved. Contrast this with the experience I have gained in visiting numerous gyms in the last two years…
Anatomy Trains is not a new read. It’s first edition hit the stands in 2001. 17 years later, it remains a fantastic and consistently thought provoking text. For anyone involved in delivering fitness and healthcare, it should be on the ‘must read list’.
Why? Because it delivers fabulous insight into the connectivity of human soft tissue and the way humans move.