Osteoporosis talk

We are delighted to let you know about a forthcoming informative talk. Sportswise has teamed up with the National Osteoporosis Society to hold an evening event about living with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects over three million people in the UK, with over 500,000 people receiving hospital treatment for fragility fractures as a result of osteoporosis.

A date is yet to be confirmed but if you would be interested in attending this free event, then please register your interest with our reception team on 01323 745970 or by emailing reception@sportswise.org.uk.

National Osteoporosis Society

Staff news

Huge congratulations to Sportswise receptionist Lori who got married over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

All the team send her and husband Sam lots of love and happiness for the years ahead. Many of us were able to be part the celebrations and think she was the most relaxed bride they had ever seen!

Lori and Sam's wedding

Lori and Sam’s wedding

Successful Wellbeing Walk

In its second year running, the Eastbourne and Lewes Walkfest got off to a fantastic start, despite the inclement weather! Last Saturday saw some members of the Sportswise team don their walking boots and waterproofs and host the first ever Sportswise Wellbeing walk.

As one of the many walks on offer over the festival’s ten day period, we set off on a 7 mile walk over the local downland, enjoying the beautiful views whilst learning all about how to maximise the health benefits of walking. One walker commented “Whilst my main reason for attending was to get out and do a nice walk with like-minded people, I also learnt a lot on how I can get the most out of walking. All of the Sportswise team were informative and we all enjoyed this event”

With just a few days left of the festival, please see the Walkfest website for further information on the walks available in its last few days.  We hope to see many more of you join us next year.

Sportswise Wellbeing Walk

Sportswise Wellbeing Walk

Supporting Eastbourne’s Select Soccer

Select Soccer Squad 18-19

Select Soccer Squad 18-19

Local youth football team Select Soccer now have the full support of Sportswise behind them as one of the team’s sponsors.  They currently run one U15’s team who compete within the Sussex Sunday Youth League.  Sportswise first heard about Select Soccer when treating one of its players who was recovering from a broken leg and growth irregularities. After attending the clinic on many occasions he and his mother spoke highly of Paul and the team here. With regard to the sponsorship support Team manager, Joshua Bullen, said:

“Each and every grass roots team rely heavily upon sponsorship from local businesses. It can sometimes be a difficult task in finding willing sponsors that are ready to pledge their support. But at Select Soccer we have been lucky enough to bring Sportswise onboard and in doing so they have enabled us to purchase training tracksuits for each of our eighteen players.
Having a business such as Sportwise involved is brilliant for us as a club and we can’t thank them enough for their support. I hope this will be the start of a very successful partnership between the two parties.”

The whole team at Sportswise wish them the very best of luck.

Marathons for Macmillan

The Amess family are regular patients at Sportswise and this summer we have been keeping the family in top condition for their three challenging walking marathons. Martyn, Su and Rebecca started back in June with the South Coast Mighty Hike from Brighton to Eastbourne along the South Downs Way. They followed this in July with the Thames Path from Windsor to Henley, and finally their last ‘Rob Roy’ challenge is at the end of the month, heading north from Loch Lomond.

The family chose to do something for Macmillan Cancer Support as they were a great help to Martyn and the family a few years ago. Martyn said about the walks ” Macmillan organise a fantastic event. With regular food stops, plenty of first aid cover (because you can never have enough blister plasters) and bubbles at the end!. We have already raised £1500 for Macmillan and will reach our target of £2000 by the end of the month. Across the three hikes alone, everyone taking part will help raise nearly £2 million for a fantastic charity.”

Rebecca, Martyn and Su are pictured below at the end of their first South Coast hike after 12 hours gruelling walking on one of the hottest days of the year – smiles etched on!

Amess family

Rebecca, Martyn and Su Amess

Staff news

We are sorry to share the news that Dr Polly Baker will be leaving us on 31st October 2018.  Polly has a young family and has been finding the journey and time away from family to be challenging. In the longer term she hopes to pursue an academic career in research and will also explore any other clinical opportunities closer to home. We wish her the very best for the future and hope to see her from time to time.

We are fortunate that Dr Siva will have more appointment availability from September 3rd and he will continue the procedure clinic with Professor Webborn but this will move to Friday afternoons.

Dr Polly Baker

Dr Polly Baker

Sportswise wellbeing walk

Sportswise are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Wellbeing Walk as part of the Eastbourne and Lewes Walkfest.  In its second year running we were approached by the team behind the festival for our expert help on the medical benefits of walking. This led to the Sportswise Wellbeing Walk.

The seven-mile walk will take place on Saturday 22nd September from 10am and will start and finish from the Sportswise clinic.  Participants will be led over the stunning local downland by our very own Dr Siva and physiotherapist Maryke Louw, who will also provide informative breaks along the route on the health benefits of walking. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending this walk, or any of the other walks on offer over its 2 week schedule, please book on www.eastbourneandleweswalkfest.org

walkfest

Walkfest

 

Bridgette makes Brighton

Following an ACL reconsruction, Sportswise patient Bridgette Hoad joined over 15,000 cyclists to complete the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday 17th June. Working with Maryke Louw and Dr Polly Baker she managed to get fighting fit and complete the 54 mile ride in 6 hours. Well done Bridgette!

Bridgette at London to Brighton finish

Bridgette at London to Brighton finish

Sportswise sponsors Eastbourne Triathlon

2018 saw the start of a new relationship between Sportswise and the Eastbourne Triathlon. As one of its sponsors we were invited to provide the sports massage pre and post-race on Sunday 10th June. It was a beautiful morning  on the Western Lawns, which saw nearly 300 competitors brave a 600m sea swim, 17.5km cycle over the South Downs, and finish with a 5km run. Physiotherapists, Maryke and Gaby, had a busy morning helping the triathletes to recover, using sports massage to help speed recovery.

As well as providing an esssential service at an event like this, it also gave us the opportuntiy to watch some of our patients in action, which is always great to see! We look forward to next year’s event and hope to see even more of our clients enter the highly rated 4th Eastbourne Triathlon.

Sportswise at Eastbourne Triathlon

Sportswise at Eastbourne Triathlon

New sports massage therapist

New sports massage therapist

Sea swim start

Sea swim start

Run to transition

Run to transition

Back pain talk

We held another successful patient talk last month on the topic of back pain. Sportswise consultant, Dr Siva, gave an interesting presentation on why we might get back pain, and what might help us if we do. He also provided us with some startling statistics on back pain. For instance did you know that:

  • Every year in the UK, 1 in 3 people will have back pain
  • 20% of those people with back pain see a doctor
  • Worldwide, at any one time, about 540 million people will have back pain

Physiotherapist, Gabriella Regan. then followed up with an interactive element of simple exercises we can all do to help alleviate the pain. We had fantastic feedback from all who attended and we hopeto host another talk on a different subject later on this year.

Dr Siva presenting at back pain talk

Dr Siva presenting at back pain talk

Gaby's exercise demonstration

Gaby’s exercise demonstration