Author Archive | Tom Goom

Adapt and Overcome – by Anji Close

Anji is a club runner for Tyne Bridge Harriers who has very kindly agreed to share her injury story with us. What shines through is her determination, positive attitude and commitment to staying fit, which she did largely through aqua training. For more information on this, visit Anji’s blog where she has details of training […]

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Back pain and running – acute management advice

Today's blog is the start of a series on lower back pain (LBP). It's a complex area and so needs to be looked at over several blogs instead of one monster blog! The first question with a back problem should be should I seek medical advice? The aim of this article is to help you […]

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Getting more than you bargained for…

I woke up this morning to my phone's usual angry buzzing, hit the snooze button as many times as I could get away with and then reluctantly rolled out of bed. There on my phone was a little white 1 in a red circle, resting quite happily on top of the little bird from my […]

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Taping for the knee

You may have seen elsewhere on the blog the use of a modified McConnell taping for knee pain; It’s very useful for ITB issues and patellofemoral pain (often described as runners knee) – follow the links for more info on both. Today I’m adding a more general tape for knee problems. It’s designed to offload […]

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Oops I opened a can of worms!

Yesterday’s blog on research in sports got an interesting response, from nodding agreement to being told it was “utter crap!” The critics said I was talking up the “personal anecdote” and that without research we can’t know about “causal inference” i.e. what really has created the change we observe. Two good points, to be fair. […]

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Research isn’t everything…

BBC’s Panorama this week exposed the paucity of evidence behind some of the products involved in sports. I have to say, overall, I wasn’t impressed with the programme – they had an agenda and fought to find evidence to suggest these products didn’t work. A more balanced view would have been more helpful but it […]

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