Kevin’s story: My therapist helps me…

In the second in a series of case studies, the FHT looks at how sports therapy has helped real life client Kevin.

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To promote the health benefits of different therapies and direct people to the FHT’s independently Accredited Register when looking for a therapist, the FHT has launched a new campaign called ‘My therapist helps me…’, which draws on the experiences of genuine clients. To support each of the campaign’s adverts, the FHT is publishing case studies about the clients featured, to highlight how their therapist has helped them to live life to the full. Here you can read…

Kevin’s story

Kevin is 55 and lives in Belfast with his partner. He works as an Employer Engagement Officer with USEL, a not-for-profit organisation that employs, supports, and trains people with disabilities.

Kevin is a sports and fitness enthusiast. Over the past 40 years he has competed in badminton, athletics, rugby, volleyball and hockey. He also enjoys occasional water skiing, jet skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving, and regularly goes skiing with friends.


Tell us about your sports therapist, Nick, and your first treatment…

‘I help to run a rugby team in Ulster, which focuses on developing players who are relatively new to the game or have felt excluded in the past. Nick joined the team and it was clear we had a lot in common – from our diverse interest and participation in sport, to helping to support others for a living.  

‘My first session with Nick involved a really detailed assessment. He asked me lots of questions and carried out different tests and exercises to check my muscle strength, range of movement, and so on. He identified a hip impingement, which was being further aggravated by general wear and tear in the area. Nick worked on my hip mobility, using a range of techniques to improve my range of movement. He also massaged my quadriceps and surrounding muscles, and gave my body a general MOT. At the end of the session Nick showed me some exercises to use at home, between treatments.







Tell us how Nick’s treatments have helped you

‘My body has had some knocks over the years and I have a few injuries that raise their head from time to time. In particular I have osteoarthritis and sciatica, and both have been treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. In the long run, I will need a hip replacement but until then, I need to deal with pain and mobility issues, which is where Nick has been a huge help. He spends a lot of time working on my hip area, where I have an impingement issue, and also takes me through strength-building exercises to improve my range of movement. He’ll use other techniques, too – like taping, dry needling and cupping – if it will help a particular injury or problem I have.

‘General maintenance and injury prevention is also important, especially for a body that’s regularly put through its paces (something I also try to encourage in my team mates). For me, this involves having monthly leg, neck and back massages. Nick literally helps to keep my body in the best shape possible, so that I can keep playing the sports I love.’



In the long run, I will need a hip replacement but until then, I need to deal with pain and mobility issues, which is where Nick has been a huge help.’




How does Nick help you between treatments?

‘He will often send me diagrams and reminders of exercises I need to be doing between sessions. This helps to make sure I’m doing the exercises properly when he’s not there to guide me, and without this ‘homework’, recovery can take much longer. Nick will also ‘check in’ with me now and then, to see if I’m doing OK. He’ll also chat to me on the phone or online if I have any queries or I’m starting to feel demotivated. This can make all the difference if I’m starting to flag.

What are the qualities about Nick that make him a good therapist?

‘I have total confidence in Nick – he’s extremely knowledgeable and professional. Knowing that he is listed on an accredited register is also very encouraging and important to me.’





To find a therapist like Nick, visit



FHT 2017 Training Congress launched!

2017 FHT Training Congress

We’re thrilled to reveal that this year’s 2017 FHT Training Congress will be held at the Holistic Health show, 21 – 22 May, at the NEC Birmingham.

Featuring 32 educational sessions of CPD training over the two day event, the Training Congress is a fantastic opportunity to network, learn the latest therapy trends, grow your business with informative business talks and contribute towards your annual CPD quota.

We’ve organised a variety of different speakers to attend, giving sessions on a range of therapy subjects, with both hands on and theory sessions available, this year’s Training Congress is not to be missed!

Make sure you follow the latest updates here.

Wearing running shoes without cushioning may reduce injury risk

Wearing running shoes without cushioning and landing on the balls of your feet puts less strain on the body, according to research from the University of Exeter.


The study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal  was designed to measure the loading rate of runners (when their feet hit the ground), a factor in injury risk.

Twenty-nine runners were involved in the study, with those wearing ‘minimal’ trainers recording significantly lower loading rates than people in standard running shoes.

People wearing cushioned footwear are said to land more often on their heels, known as ‘rearfoot strike’, while someone running without shoes would land on the ball of their foot, known as ‘forefoot strike.’ The rearfoot strike is believed to result in an ‘abrupt vertical impact force’, which is often missing from the forefoot strike.

Many runners experience injuries because they purchase inappropriate footwear, despite footwear being highly modifiable.

However, Lead Author of the study Dr Hannah Rice says,  ‘our research tells us that becoming accustomed to running with a forefoot strike in shoes that lack cushioning promotes a landing with the lowest loading rates, and this may be beneficial in reducing the risk of injury.’

Look out for an article on running injuries and prevention in the next issue of International Therapist, out in January 2017.


Golfers are more likely to have unusually shaped hip-joints

A number of elite golfers have been found to have unusual hips, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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The study from the University of Warwick examined the hips of 55 elite players, using MRI scans and aimed to ‘assess the morphology and pathology of golfers’ hips comparing lead and trail hips.’

The researchers found that many of the elite players had egg-shaped right hips, with the usual ball-shape on their left side.

It is not yet known if playing golf causes the unusual hip shape or whether people are more likely to reach a professional level with these hip shapes.

Playing golf may be a factor because of the huge force a player puts into the hips in the golf swing.

Read the full study

  • Click here to read an article about golf injury treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, featured in Issue 116 Spring 2016 of International Therapist.

Sports massage is added to FHT’s independently accredited register for complementary healthcare therapists

The FHT is pleased to announce that sports massage has been added to its Accredited Register, which is independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.

Sports massage is added to FHT’s independently accredited register for complementary healthcare therapists

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FHT members who hold a qualification in sports massage, accepted by the FHT for membership and insurance purposes, will now be automatically listed on the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, under sports massage.

Furthermore, the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register is the only Accredited Register to list sports massage as a standalone modality.

Practitioners listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register are part of a government-backed scheme to protect the public, which helps potential clients, employers and health and care commissioners to choose a therapist with confidence.

Jennifer WayteFHT’s President, Jennifer Wayte, says: ‘While body massage and sports therapy already appear on the FHT’s Accredited Register, we’re delighted to now add sports massage to the list. Not only will this offer more choice to those looking for practitioners on an Accredited Register, we hope it will also bring therapists offering this modality further recognition for their role in health and care.

‘Sports massage has many health and well-being benefits to offer, and not just to those taking part in sporting activities’, Jennifer adds. ‘For instance, many people experience minor aches and pains as a result of their work or hobbies – from painting and decorating, to gardening and fishing. Sports massage, alongside conventional medical care, can be an excellent way to help people address these day-to-day challenges. It can also be an effective form of preventative health care.’

For more information about the FHT’s Accredited Register, visit

Therapy Expo is back! And the FHT are proud partners for 2016

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Therapy ExpoThis year’s conference programme boasts over 40 hours of CPD education, including five dedicated education streams, covering: MSK, neuro rehabilitation, sports injuries, biomechanics and acute care and business development.

This is your opportunity to experience a clinical programme, delivered by a wealth of expert speakers, including: Paul Coker, Mike Antoniades and Mike Karski, and to enhance your career through workshops and specialist sessions. Book your £79 + VAT Early Bird ticket before the price increases to £99 + VAT on the 28th May, using the dedicated FHT registration link

Your conference ticket will also give you access to more than 130 companies who will be showcasing groundbreaking products and services.

2016 highlights:

  • Learn from a programme of CPD training
  • Learn from world class speakers and experts in their field
  • Network with over 2,500 colleagues and peers
  • Five dedicated education streams cover MSK, neuro rehabilitation, acute care, business and sports and biomechanics
  • Experience a real cryochamber
  • Research and source new products and services from over 130 industry suppliers
  • See live demonstrations of the latest technologies the industry has to offer
  • Gain specialist CPR and anaphylaxis training
  • Discover the secret to retaining clients and attracting new ones

NEW FOR 2016! Your pass will gain you entry into the first Annual Kinesio Conference.

For more information, visit We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Therapy Expo – find the FHT at stand TA32.

Support MND Association at the London Marathon

Calling all qualified Body/Sports Massage FHT members. Last minute space on therapy team supporting MND Association at the London Marathon – can you help?

Calling all qualified Body/Sports Massage FHT members. Last minute space on therapy team supporting MND Association at the London Marathon – can you help?

Date: Sunday 24 April, 2016

Venue: Regus Building, 1 Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BW


11.15am on-site briefing
12.00pm lunch
13.00-13.30pm (approx) first few runners could start coming through (there are some very speedy ones in the team)
14.00-16.00pm busiest times
16.00-17.30pm (approx) late runners and closing

Treatments: Ideally, approx 20 minutes per runner. Primarily leg massages.

Expenses: You will be reimbursed £50 for your travel expenses.

Events crew t-shirts: You will be provided with an MND Events Crew t-shirt to wear on the day.

For more information and to take part please contact Trudi Sadler, Events Manager, Motor Neurone Disease Association: T. 01604611834 E.

New research published on head injuries in football

Heading the ball is less likely to lead to a concussion in football than player to player contact, according to a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Researchers monitored girls and boys high school football across the United States between 2005 and 2014, recording the instances of concussions.

Results showed that 627 concussions occurred among nearly 1.4 million athlete exposures among girls, while 442 boys sustained concussions in nearly 1.6 million exposures. This revealed that girls had a greater rate of head injury than boys, with nearly 5 out of 10,000 girls and almost 3 out 10,000 boys sustaining concussions. Furthermore almost 70 per cent of concussions among boys and over 51 per cent in girls were the result of player to player contact. Heading the ball was responsible for almost a third of concussions in boys and over a quarter in girls.

Researchers concluded, ‘Although banning heading from youth soccer would likely prevent some concussions, reducing athlete-athlete contact across all phases of play would likely be a more effective way to prevent concussions as well as other injuries.’

Click here to find out more about the study


Conquer your obstacles with our Reebok Spartan Race prize draw

Conquer your obstacles with our Reebok Spartan Race prize draw

Reebok Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With over 130 events in 17 countries during 2014 alone, Reebok Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Reebok Spartan Race aims to get people off their couches and help them lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

Enter our prize draw for a chance to win a FREE Reebok Spartan Race by emailing with the subject ‘Conquer your obstacles’.

Closing date: Friday 29 May 2015

FHT members can also enjoy 10% off any race with the code BLOGGER15

For further details and to enter a race

Competition open to existing FHT members aged 18 or over, except those who are FHT staff members, their families and friends. Only one application per member. We regret only the winner(s) will be notified. Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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Top twenty fitness trends for 2015

Top twenty fitness trends for 2015

The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Health & Fitness Journal has released it’s ninth annual ‘Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends’, showing what’s set to drive the market this year.

The top twenty fitness trends for 2015 are:

1. Body weight training
2. High-intensity interval training
3. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
4. Strength training
5. Personal training
6. Exercise and weight loss
7. Yoga
8. Fitness programs for older adults
9. Functional fitness
10. Group personal training
11. Worksite health promotion
12. Outdoor activities
13. Wellness coaching
14. Circuit training
15. Core training
16. Sport-specific training
17. Children and exercise for the treatment/prevention of obesity
18. Outcome measurements
19. Worker incentive programs
20. Boot camp

Access the full survey results

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