07 Nov

Is too much sport bad for children? Are they overtraining?

Is too much sport bad for our children? Are they overtraining? Last week I presented a lecture at Surbiton Hockey Club on how to train effectively as a young athlete.  Often if your child is sporty and loves sport then they end up doing A LOT of it. They maybe on the hockey team at […]

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23 Sep

Why do young athletes need to warm up?

Why do young athletes need to warm up? Why do young athletes need to warm up? At the end of last season, I treated a young athlete who sustained a calf strain at the start of an important match. It seemed a typical scenario, arriving at a fixture with very little time to warm up […]

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23 Sep

3 great strength exercises for young hockey players

3 great strength exercises for young hockey players Strength exercises for young hockey players is an area that is starting to be recognised more and more. Often strengthening starts when a player is injured and has to strengthen to get back to fitness. So, why is strength important? and won’t they get strong from just […]

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23 Sep

3 great calf stretches for young hockey players

3 great calf stretches for young hockey players In my previous blog I started talking about factors that may help to reduce overuse knee injuries on young hockey players. One of these is stretching. Why is stretching so important for kids who do a lot of sport? The process of much of our growth happens […]

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16 Sep

Knee pain in young hockey players

Knee pain in young hockey players Knee pain in young hockey players is something that I see quite regularly in my clinic and in sporty kids. When we are talking young, I mean any age from 10-16 years old. It is far more common in girls than boys. There are many reasons a young athlete […]

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09 Sep

Start of the hockey season advice

Its the start of the hockey season and we’ve just had our summer holidays, perhaps there have been some summer camps but its certainly been more low key than term time. Getting back into exercise at any level needs to be taken slowly at any level of play. The two most common times of injury […]

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15 Jul

3 Drills to help  prevent knee injuries in Field Hockey

3 Drills to help  prevent knee injuries in Field Hockey Knee Injuries  in field hockey are very common especially in the younger players 11+ years. This is because the sport demands on the knee joints are high. Lunges as we reach for the ball, running, sprinting and changing direction are all factors that can lead […]

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03 Jun

Sports Massage and Hockey

Having played hockey for over 20 years I can, personally, attest to the long and short term impact that this intensive sport can have on the body and why sports massage is beneficial.  From veterans, trying to maximise the longevity of their ability to enjoy and compete in the sport, to junior players coping with […]

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20 Mar

The Young Athlete

As parents we feel proud when our children take an interest in sport, especially if we enjoy it in our lives and see the benefits it brings. But children and growing teenagers are susceptible to injuries and we must be aware of some of the factors that can cause these injuries, and ways we can […]

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