All change ! Extra daylight means extra fitness

5:17am Saturday 28th March 2015

The clocks are about to change. And with that change this evening, one or two new fitness habits come with it.

Lifting the lid on late fitness tests

7:01am Saturday 21st March 2015

I was looking through the Premier League injury list this week and there was one thing that stood out more than anything else – the term ‘late fitness test’.

A step by step guide to recovering from hamstring injuries

The Northern Echo: HAMSTRUNG: Newcastle United's Rolando Aarons tussles with Liverpool's Steven Gerrard		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:11am Saturday 28th February 2015

TWO weeks ago I wrote about Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury and since then I’ve been flooded with emails from readers wanting to know more about how to successfully recover from one.

Make sure you know the ins and out of hamstring strains

The Northern Echo: HAMSTRUNG: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard suffered a hamstring strain this week	Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

7:02am Saturday 14th February 2015

IF there’s one injury you just can’t predict, it’s a hamstring strain.

It's a slippery slope if you don't vary running terrain

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5:18pm Friday 6th February 2015

THIS question came in via email from a reader: “Paul, any tips for recovering from an ankle sprain quickly? I’m a middle-distance runner and couldn’t resist the temptation to get out and do my usual route despite the ice on the ground. The ice unfortunately, got the better of me. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.”

Don't knock the idea of a mid-season sunshine break

3:28pm Friday 23rd January 2015

AT the end of a week featuring a day dubbed ‘Black Monday’, there’s a good chance that you’re now much more aware of the effect that shorter days and darker nights can have upon your energy and motivational levels.

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to winter weather conditions

7:01am Saturday 17th January 2015

I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in Australia last year.

Hanging your running shoes is knee good in the winter

The Northern Echo: Leaders 334 Max Pearson (Tynedale) eventual winner, 312 Reece Curtis (New Marske) 3rd, 296 Josh Cowperthwaite (Middlesbrough AC (Mandale)) 2nd and 305 Taylor Glover (Morpeth Harriers) soon after the start of the boys under-15s North Eastern Cross Country

7:02am Saturday 20th December 2014

Let me talk to you about knee pain.

What to buy a runner for Christmas? Our physio's top tips

11:08am Friday 12th December 2014

LET me share with you some Christmas shopping tips for new and old runners that you won't find on Amazon.

Tis the season to stay hydrated

The Northern Echo: BOTTLED IT: Arsene Wenger kicks a bottle of water away during an Arsenal game, but physiotherapist Paul Gough has stressed the importance of taking on fluids after going for a night out

4:14pm Friday 5th December 2014

IT'S that time of year, when peak performance on Sunday morning is exchanged for a big night out with work colleagues – that usually involves lots of alcohol.

Wilshere's 'glass ankles' don't do him any favours – so how does the Arsenal midfielder go about fixing them? Our physio expert explains

The Northern Echo: INJURY: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere sits injured on on the pitch. The midfielder will be out for approximately three months after undergoing successful surgery on his left ankle, Arsenal have announced

1:18pm Friday 28th November 2014

EVEN if you’re big Chelsea fan, you’ve got to feel for Jack Wilshere.

Better to be safe than sorry when head injuries happen

The Northern Echo: DOUBTFUL: England’s Dylan Hartley, pictured playing against New Zealand last week, suffered a head injury

7:02am Saturday 15th November 2014

The subject of head injuries in sport is in the news again.

Invest in the right clothing to keep your going through winter

The Northern Echo: WRAP UP: Invest in some winter exercise clothing to keep you motivated throughout the cold months

8:04am Saturday 8th November 2014

THE dark nights are well and truly here and the temperature is beginning to plummet.

The secret to avoiding stiffness this winter

The Northern Echo: KEEP ON MOVING: The 100th Darlington Parkrun took place last weekend							Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:02am Saturday 1st November 2014

ONE of the questions I always get asked is, “What do you do to keep fit?”

How to avoid the dangerous footwear trends of today’s society

7:01am Saturday 25th October 2014

LET me tell you a nice story that might help you keep more involved in sport.

Feel Great For Sport: Take time to plan your exercise properly

7:01am Saturday 18th October 2014

I’VE been struggling with a foot injury over the past few weeks.

Feel Great For Sport: Be wary of muscle imbalance when running

7:01am Saturday 4th October 2014

NOW the summer is almost over, I want to talk about an injury I’ve seen lots of, especially since the recent Great North Run.

Cheese is no way to treat an injury

2:50am Saturday 27th September 2014

I’VE heard of cheese and wine being mixed together at posh dinners or reception parties, but never in a physio room and for fixing injuries.

Feel Great For Sport: The recovery secrets the pros use

The Northern Echo: ACHILLES NIGHTMARE: Ex-England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is currently in rehabilitation following surgery on an Achilles injury.

7:02am Saturday 20th September 2014

HERE is something for you to keep safe in your sports bag this week.

Feel Great For Sport: Get ready for winter

7:01am Saturday 13th September 2014

SO, the seasons are changing and winter is on its way.

Paul Gough
Feel Great For Sport

The Northern Echo: Paul Gough

Former Darlington Football Club physiotherapist Paul Gough offers advice on how to stay fit and fresh for longer

Sport Columnists

The Northern Echo: Scott WilsonScott Wilson
Wilson's World
Chief sports writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.

The Northern Echo: Paul FraserPaul Fraser
Fraser Kicks Off
Chief football writer Paul Fraser keeps an eye on the region’s football scene and considers whether Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough do things right.

The Northern Echo: Mike AmosMike Amos
Backtrack
Award winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.

The Northern Echo: Paul FraserPaul Fraser
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.

The Northern Echo: Paul GoughPaul Gough
Feel Great For Sport
Award-winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.

The Northern Echo: Ian WatsonIan Watson
Darlington Football Club
In his weekly column Ian Watson gives his thoughts on the team’s push for promotion and behind-the-scenes-tales from Quakers.

The Northern Echo: Chris MasonChris Mason
Spennymoor Town Football Club
Weekly column from Moors captain Chris Mason who has made over 200 appearances for the Evo-Stik First Division North club.

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