Scott Wilson
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
Feel Great For Sport
North-East physiotherapist Paul Gough offers tips on keeping your body in prime condition

Feel Great For Sport with Paul Gough

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.


Warming down properly is vital for recovery

7:24pm Friday 8th November 2013

GETTING just this one thing wrong in sport can really damage your chances of taking part in it.

From 0 to 5k in five weeks - week four

12:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

To cross the finish line of a 5k run in under 30 minutes is no mean task.

Five steps to running 5K - week three

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.

Week 2: Paul Gough's guide to running

8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013

So we're aiming to get you in shape for one of the 5k runs happening across the North-East.

How to be ready to run 5k in 5 weeks - week one

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.

Don't let injuries linger - even top triathletes like the Brownlee brothers can't afford to

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.

Essential last minute tips for the Great North Run

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.

Why Rooney has made the right choice in skipping England World Cup duty

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.

Protecting your lower back is crucial to avoid injury

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.

Vary your routine to avoid becoming a lazy runner

8:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

One of the problems with running is that it's very easy to become lazy.

How to cope with training in a heatwave

10:00am Saturday 6th July 2013

A heawave is on the way to the North-East. And with it comes an increase in the number of calls to my physio clinics.

Tennis elbow doesn't just affect SW19 stars

8:00am Saturday 29th June 2013

KNEE, shoulder, hamstring and even neck injuries. You've likely to have read about or seen all of them happen at Wimbledon this week, ending no less than seven top players' tournaments.

Does Kinesiology tape make a difference?

8:00am Saturday 22nd June 2013

This time last year saw the introduction to that coloured support tape you're probably now seeing lots of on a grassroots sports pitch.

Goalkeeping coaches are vital at any level

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.

Make the right choice and rest over summer

8:00am Saturday 8th June 2013

The end of the football season offers you the choice of a complete break to give your body a rest, or choosing to do something else to keep you fit and active.

Why Hignett and Cooper are the right pick for Pools

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?

Players can benefit from a woman's touch

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.

Changing surfaces can cause endless issues

8:00am Saturday 18th May 2013

As the grassroots football season comes to an end, it's possible you're already considering other ways to keep fit and stay active through the summer months.

Exercise is vital for keeping stress at bay

8:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

Finding the time to keep fit is the often the number one obstacle to a person being as fit as they would like.

Keep things ticking over by competing in a triathlon

10:38am Monday 6th May 2013

If you ever find yourself on the treatment table of a physio room, one of the reasons could be that you're suffering from an over-use type injury.

All you need to know before marathon run

4:11pm Friday 26th April 2013

When it comes to preparing for a marathon, you might think there's no such thing as over preparing? But this isn't always strictly true.

How to prepare your body for those late kick-offs

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.

Stretch to reduce the risk of becoming hamstrung

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.

Five steps to help you play on like Beckham

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.

Making a splash in the pool can help prevent injuries

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.

The perils of playing on with a foot injury

10:00am Saturday 16th March 2013

One of the most painful moments on a football field has to be that situation where you strike the bottom of your opponent's boot and the top of your foot impacts directly with their studs.

The answer to the question -

9:00am Saturday 9th March 2013

TAKE one look at the injury list of teams in the North-East this weekend and you'll likely find a swell in the number of players missing through knee injuries.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin

10:00am Saturday 2nd March 2013

The way that you sit might not be something that you've ever considered being an important factor in your performance in sport.

Knee clunks and clicks are a sign of wear and tear

4:38pm Sunday 24th February 2013

For many, the clicking and clunking of their joints as they hurry around a football pitch is a pretty normal occurrence.

Heavy pitches and cold weather.... watch how your Sunday team is affected

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.

Don't be put off by knee problems

10:00am Saturday 9th February 2013

An inevitable consequence of a prolonged career in a really physical sport is problems with your knees.

Time for a winter break to recharge the winter batteries

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.

Life in the fast lane can have its pitfalls

8:00am Saturday 22nd December 2012

As sport and the athletes performing evolve, so too are new types of injuries becoming more common.

The joys and merits of the magic sponge

10:00am Saturday 15th December 2012

One of the stereotypical images of grassroots sport is the sight of the slightly overweight trainer wearing the padded jacket, carrying the bucket and sponge.

Managerial changes can spark injuries

8:00am Saturday 8th December 2012

Managerial changes at this time of year are not a surprise. Often the only surprise in the Premier League is that there haven't been more managers relieved of their duties at this stage.

Adapt your training drills to different situations

10:00am Saturday 1st December 2012

ROUTINES in sport are vital and often a good routine is one you should stick with. But what happens if your routine has changed and a few months later you are off track?

Can Fast Freddie Flintoff land a knockout blow ?

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.

Warm-up properly to avoid muscle strains

10:00am Saturday 17th November 2012

Muscle strains in sport are inevitable and often unavoidable even at the very top level.

Warm up properly to avoid muscle strains

8:00am Saturday 17th November 2012

Muscle strains in sport are inevitable and often unavoidable even at the very top level.

How the right posture can help reduce the risk of injury

7:23pm Sunday 11th November 2012

Lengthy lay-offs are not exclusively confined to sports stars at the very top.

Time is the only healer for rib injuries

8:00am Saturday 27th October 2012

Whether you're playing for the national team or your Sunday morning team, at times both can get over competitive and physical.

Plan your routine and stick to it

8:00am Saturday 20th October 2012

Having a consistent and effective routine in any sport you play at grassroots level is needed to give yourself the best chance of success.

No reason why clubs can't get instant information

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.

Don't underestimate a hamstring strain

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.

Over-thinking will impact performance

11:21pm Sunday 23rd September 2012

Participating in a big sporting event like last weekend's Great North Run or playing in a major football tournament can strangely test your physical ability more so than when the pressure is off.

Great North Run - Final preparation is key, but enjoy the day

10:00am Saturday 15th September 2012

Working hard and preparing smart.

Try something different to keep it fresh

10:00am Saturday 8th September 2012

The secret to getting fit for any sport is to steadily and progressively increase your training plan. The secret to staying fit is to vary that training plan as much as possible.

Blade debate cuts deep after Rooney gash

10:00am Saturday 1st September 2012

Robin Van Persie's recent transfer to Manchester United brought with it widespread comment that the fee was excessive for a player with a chequered injury past.

Appliance of science in sport is essential

10:00am Saturday 25th August 2012

'The sports science guys' and 'execute'. Two phrases that were repeatedly said by the top athletes at the Olympic Games.

Even Usain Bolt needs to warm up correctly

10:00am Saturday 11th August 2012

The weekend of a new season is a magical time for all those involved.

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