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

Eastbourne Tennis

Polly was at Eastbourne Tennis again this year! And what a hot week of tennis it was. Dr Polly Baker is the lead doctor for the players and works alongside the WTA and ATP to keep them fit and healthy! Prior to this she and Dr Siva attended the Grass Court tennis conference at the All England Lawn Tennis Club as speakers. Whilst at Wimbledon they got a sneak preview of the new locker rooms!

Eastbourne Tennis 2018

Eastbourne Tennis 2018

Polly & Siva at Wimbledon

Polly & Siva at Wimbledon

Sip smarter

With summer now upon us we need to think even more about our fluid intake. Sportswise dieititian, Lesley Houston, gives us some advice on keeping adequately hydrated.

Good hydration is one of the most important aspects of the diet – drinking enough liquids to keep fluid levels in the body topped up helps to ensure all bodily functions are supported to take place as normal.

Adults need to drink around 1.5 – 2 litres of fluid daily. A typical glass / mug is approximately 200mls so this equates to around 8-10 drinks daily.
Children need slightly less, around 6-8 drinks a day until teenage years when their requirements are the same as adults.

The more water we lose through sweat the more needs to be replaced.
When on holiday in a hot climate, living in a hot country, or losing more fluid than normal during sports activities, you will need to drink more fluids more often to replace what is lost through sweat.

Ideas to help…..

– Carry a water bottle with you during the day to help remind you to drink.
– Refill your water bottle at lunchtime and again on way home from school / work.
– Many bottles are now available that keep drinks colder for longer.
– Use a straw – for some people drinking through a straw makes drinking more much easier.
– Add slices of apple, orange or lemon to jugs of water for extra flavour.
– Chop fresh mint and put into water in ice trays to make minty ice cubes and add to drinks.
– Make fresh fruit smoothies, adding lots of crushed ice instead of yoghurt or milk.

water

water

Keep on running

Congratulations to Sportswise patient Sam Lowden on finishing in the top 250 in the Marathon des Sables recently. Sam saw Sportswise physio Luke Carter prior to leaving, as he had been struggling with his achilles.  Battling injury, sandstorms and temperatures of up to 40C, Sam finished the 250km race in early April. It is regarded as the toughest foot race in the world as it consists of six marathons in six days in the Sahara Desert with competitors required to carry all their food and equipment.
He was undertaking it as part of a sibling challenge with his sisters to raise funds for The Royal Marsden who cared for their cousin Caroline before she died, aged 29. Alice has just completed the Brighton Marathon, leaving Emma to complete the challenge by running the Edinburgh Marathon in May. Altogether it will total 344.4km and 12 days of running, with three different marathons in three different countries. Any support would be gratefully received from the family at their Just Giving page.

The Lowden's

The Lowden’s

Polly presents at Brighton Marathon conference

Dr Polly Baker presented at this years Brighton Marathon conference.  This conference occurs annually the day before the marathon and is aimed at informing and educated those healthcare professionals about the latest evidence and news related to marathon and sports medicine.  Polly presented her research findings from the 2017 Brighton Marathon Heart study investigating the troponin elevation seen after exercise.

Troponin is a heart protein seen in large quantities in the blood following a heart attack and has also been seen following prolonged and/or strenuous exercise.  The significance of this rise in troponin is uncertain and in order to explore this further the 2017 Brighton Marathon Heart Study investigated factors predisposing to a troponin rise following the marathon and also the trend of troponin levels over time.  Intensity of exercise was shown to directly correlate with the degree of rise of this protein and over 24 hours levels were shown to peak and then fall.  This trend of troponin levels is in contrast to that seen in a heart attack and is thus thought to be non sinister in nature.  Although this research has answered many questions and informed doctors on how to manage those completing exercise with a suspected heart attack it has also raised more to answer!  A further project is currently in the planning stages so watch this space for more information…

Polly Baker

Polly Baker

Sport Relief mayhem

Sport Relief winners

Sport Relief winners

The end of March saw the Sportswise team join forces with its University of Brighton colleagues in aid of Sport Relief. We enjoyed a family-friendly afternoon of competing in a traditional sports day, with 10 events including the egg and spoon, sack race, dressing up race and a fruit and veg relay! We had enormous fun, saw the competitive side come out of a few, but most importantly managed to raise a fantastic £625 for Sport Relief 2018. Pictured above are the winning Green Team captained by university technician Bill Norton

Nick in PyeongChang

Professor Nick Webborn has been involved with the British Paralympic Association for over 25 years as a medical officer. Having been elected in 2017 as president of the association, he attended the Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang as head of the British delegation.
The 2018 Winter Paralympic Games proved to be the most successful ever for a British paralympic team with 17 athletes competing across five sports and returning with a total of seven medals, all from Alpine skiing. Nick was most delighted to be able to see one of his former patients competing.
Nick met local boy James Whitley (pictured below) when he was just eight years old helping him to recover from a horrific boating accident. During the period of James’ rehabilitation, it became clear that James was a keen ski racer even at that young age and so Nick introduced him to the concept of competing in Winter Paralympic sports.  The following year he gave it a try and the rest, as they say, is history.  James finished 10th in the downhill and slalom in a very competitive field and he was absolutely delighted with his results and is looking forward to improving on this in Beijing in 2022.
The last of the GB medals was won by Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe winning gold in the slalom with the final run of the British athlete on the last day of competition!  Great Britain also competed in Para snowboard for the very first time and in Nordic skiing for the first time since the Nagano games, twenty years ago – Nick’s first Winter Games!  GB were represented by para athlete Scott Meenagh who was injured by an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Nick also knew Scott through the Invictus games.  Scott competed in Toronto in 2017 where Nick was the Chief Medical Officer. It’s a small world!

James Whitley

James Whitley

Back pain talk

Sportswise invites you to a free of charge informal evening talk on back pain, to be held on Wednesday 16th May at 6.30pm

Presented by Sport & Exercice Medicine consultant Dr Siva and physiotherapist Gabriella Regan, they will provide information and advice on things you can do to ease the pain and how to keep your back in good condition.

back pain

back pain

To book a place please contact the reception team on 01323 745970 or email us at reception@sportswise.org.uk