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Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks back at the highs and lows of the week in sport
Northern League chairman Mike Amos on grassroots sport and that of yesteryear
North-East physiotherapist Paul Gough offers tips on keeping your body in prime condition
Paul Gough is well known in the North East as a top sports Physiotherapist, previously working with Darlington FC and Middlesbrough FC Academy and famously being choosen by Paul Scholes to be head medical man at the Man Utd legends soccer camp in the USA. Paul now runs a quartet of prviate Physiotherapy Practices across the North East and writes exclusively for the Northern Echo.
7:24pm Friday 8th November 2013
12:00am Saturday 26th October 2013
12:00am Saturday 19th October 2013
So you've hopefully completed a successful week two of your training with the big prize waiting for you at the end being to be in good enough shape to cross the finish line of a North East 5K park run, in under 30 minutes.
8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013
2:30pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
Daily fitness rituals can transform your health. Doing something on a daily basis to keep fit will boost your energy, keep you supple, improve heart and lung function and the best of all those benefits are free.
7:00pm Friday 20th September 2013
Injuries can hang around. And nearly always longer than you expect. Too many people at the grassroots level of sport make the mistake of hoping in vain that tomorrow will be the day that the problem just goes.
4:09pm Friday 13th September 2013
The starter is checking his gun, the marshals are getting set, uniforms in check, TV cameras on stands, Red Arrows at the ready, diversion signs in place, roads slamming shut and the spectators are preparing their vocal chords to cheer you on.
1:27pm Friday 6th September 2013
Head injuries in a contact sport like football happen, there's nothing new there. It's often the case that even from the most innocuous of collisions, the player should miss the rest of the current game and even the next one just to be safe.
7:31pm Friday 9th August 2013
Overuse injuries in pre-season are nothing new. It's highly unlikely that there's not at least one person in your team who isn't suffering from something shin splints, a tight Achilles, runners knee or generally struggling to cope with the pace and the hard ground.
8:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013
10:00am Saturday 6th July 2013
8:00am Saturday 29th June 2013
8:00am Saturday 22nd June 2013
8:00am Saturday 15th June 2013
THE sight of a specialist goalkeeper coach in grassroots clubs is becoming ever so familiar. And hats off to clubs in the North-East that are recognising the importance of the technical aspects of the role of a goalkeeper, just as much as they would any other outfield player.
8:00am Saturday 8th June 2013
4:06pm Sunday 2nd June 2013
Choose a young, motivated and super keen manager on his way up, or an experienced but recently sacked manager fresh off the merry-go-round of failure. Which would you rather have at the head of your team?
8:00am Saturday 25th May 2013
Since Sir Alex Ferguson's appointment as Manchester Untied boss some 27 years ago, aside from the emergence of foreign players, European football, academies, Sky Sports and even compulsory seating for fans, back room and medical teams have also developed expansively.
8:00am Saturday 18th May 2013
8:00am Saturday 11th May 2013
10:38am Monday 6th May 2013
4:11pm Friday 26th April 2013
10:00am Saturday 20th April 2013
After a pretty harsh winter and the likelihood of many games having been postponed, there's a good chance that you'll be involved in a flurry of midweek evening fixtures - and it brings a whole new set of factors you should be aware of if you want to prepare properly.
10:00am Saturday 13th April 2013
One look at the Premier League injury table this week and both Sunderland and Newcastle are pretty close to being on top - not a healthy place to be in the build up to one of the most important games of the season.
8:00am Saturday 6th April 2013
If you're in your mid to late 30s, you're possibly adapting to life in the Friday night over-35 league or contemplating the inevitable transition to continue your football career with those in the 40+ age bracket.
2:27pm Sunday 31st March 2013
CRISTIANO Ronaldo and swimming pools. A familiar sight in the close season as the Real Madrid superstar is pictured in the fabulous hotels of places like Las Vegas or Los Angeles. But the former Manchester United star is part of a growing group of players spending more time in the swimming pool, during the season.
10:00am Saturday 16th March 2013
9:00am Saturday 9th March 2013
10:00am Saturday 2nd March 2013
4:38pm Sunday 24th February 2013
8:43am Sunday 17th February 2013
As the season approaches its final quarter an interesting thing will often happen in the professional game as the number of injuries reduces and the amount of players available for selection increases.
10:00am Saturday 9th February 2013
4:39pm Sunday 27th January 2013
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 are having upon your energy and motivational levels.
8:00am Saturday 22nd December 2012
10:00am Saturday 15th December 2012
8:00am Saturday 8th December 2012
10:00am Saturday 1st December 2012
10:00am Saturday 24th November 2012
Alternating between sports is not such a big thing. At grassroots level it's happening on a regular basis, and should be encouraged, as kids look to develop their fitness and find the sport they can excel at.
10:00am Saturday 17th November 2012
8:00am Saturday 17th November 2012
7:23pm Sunday 11th November 2012
8:00am Saturday 27th October 2012
8:00am Saturday 20th October 2012
10:00am Saturday 13th October 2012
In recent years you've probably heard more and more from Premier League managers criticising the impact that international duties are having upon their players and more specifically, causing injuries.
10:00am Saturday 6th October 2012
Some injuries can bring an inconvenient end to a game. Some injuries can halt seasons, and some can devastate careers. Over the last decade or so in the North-East alone we've seen some very talented players who, through no fault of their own, just can't manage to avoid injury.
11:21pm Sunday 23rd September 2012
10:00am Saturday 15th September 2012
10:00am Saturday 8th September 2012
10:00am Saturday 1st September 2012
10:00am Saturday 25th August 2012
10:00am Saturday 11th August 2012
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