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Up at the final training weekend at Loughborough before the internationals in France. I Managed to have a look at the new National Centre. Still a building site but it's going to be a very impressive building .image

England u18 - Development weekend - Loughborough

 I am up at the University of Loughborough this weekend. We are assessing 88 divisional athletes for a place on the u18 England development squad. The sports facilities at Loughborough are superb. Just about to enter second day of training. Some phenomenal talent amongst the divisions so should be a great squad to take to France at the end of this. I have just given a very well received presentation on nutritional requirements in rugby, sleep, injury prevention and discipline to all the athletes and management. Its great to be back in the England kit again, was never quite good enough to wear it as a player but being and England Rugby doctor is the next best thing.

Winter Sports Injuries



Many of us will be heading to the mountains this winter for a full week of high intensity exercise. Skiing and snowboarding places unique demands on the body. It is at altitude so there is less oxygen in the air to supply the muscles. THere is exposure to extreem cold and the air is very dry. Its much easier than you think to dehydrate on the mountain even if it is cold. Different muscle groups are used in the alpine sports and to get the best out of your holiday, some prior training and conditioning is well advised. 

Most injuries occur in the afternoon when the slopes are busy, when skiiers are tiered and the quality of the snow is variable ( slushy or icey). Whilst Apres ski is part of the holiday, mixing alcohol and extreem sports is not advised. Just like drink driving, the injury rate increases significantly.

We want you to have a great holiday and get the most out of your skiing. If you are unlucky enough to sustain an injury then we are happy to see you quickly on your return to assess, diagnose and treat you. 

England Woman's Rugby - Training Camp

 I just had a fantastic week at Bishop Burton College with the England Woman’s Rugby squad. We were looked after very well there and had full use of the superb college facilities.There was a great atmosphere in the camp, the work rate from the athletes was phenomenal. The full contact sessions against the Bishop Burton mens team showed off the skill, resilience and power of the Womans team. Really looking forward to the next camp at Surrey Sports Park in June.     

England u18 Clubs and Schools

I have just returned from a week in Marcoussis in France for the triangular tournament against the French and Irish. The results went against us but the squad performed superbly demonstrating the very best of the RFU core values. The aim of our programme is to develop and improve young players by exposing them to the elite environment. The system has an impressive track record with Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury being amongst our alumni. The management team and our fantastic coaches, Dave Reed and Giles Heagerty did an incredible job in developing the squad, skill-sets and players. Paris was looking particularly fine. I’m looking forward to next years tournament to be held In England where we will be looking to get even with our friends in France and Ireland.

England u18 (c&s) vs Bedford Blues Academy 30th March 2014

photo 2Just returned from another great weekend with England Rugby u18(clubs and schools) at the University of Loughborough. England physiotherapist Sally Tawhai and I worked hard on a few niggling injuries in the squad to ensure they were available for selection. The squad performed superbly at their first outing as a team and comprehensively beat Bedford Blues Academy. We are back again this weekend with the selected squad of 24 preparing for our campaign in France against the Irish and French later this month.

Sochi 2014: Pierre Vaultier wins 'miracle' snowboard cross gold


Pierre Vaultier of France wins a "miracle" Olympic gold medal in the snowboard cross, to complete an amazing comeback from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in December.

It can take an athlete up to nine months to recover from that injury, but Vaultier not only competed, he won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to cross the in first place.

Of the 38 athletes competing in the event at Sochi's Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday, 13 were disqualified or didn't finish as crashes and falls drew gasps and sharp intakes of breath from spectators.

The injury toll at the Winter Games is rising as bad weather and risk-taking by athletes combine to provide an element of danger that fans crave, yet has some competitors being carried off on stretchers. The number of athletes injured during Sochi 2014 isn't significantly different to the previous games in Vancouver four years ago, according to Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee. "Winter sports are not without their risks, but we don't see any difference between this games and the last one," he told reporters. "The ski federation, as I understand, is very happy with the venue."