Will smith Concussion

Concussion is a 2015 movie staring will smith , based on the exposé “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who fights against the National Football League trying to suppress his research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain degeneration suffered by professional football players its well worth a watch as it looks in depth at the attitudes of professional athlete’s towards concussion

George north concussion

I was lucky enough to meet George and discuss his concussion history

North’s concussion history

The Northampton back suffered four head blows in five months between November 2014 and March 2015, leading to a spell on the sidelines that lasted from 27 March until 29 August.

  • 22 November 2014: North suffers first concussion in Wales’ 34-16 defeat by New Zealand
  • 6 February 2015: Suffers accidental kick to the head during first half of 21-16 loss to England, but after assessment returns to the field
  • 6 February 2015: Receives second blow to the head in second half of same Six Nations game
  • 27 March 2015: North is knocked unconscious scoring a try in Northampton’s 52-30 win over Wasp


The short video documentary was really useful and an honest look at concussion in modern day rugby and the BT sport interview highlights some of the experience from other professional players

Communication is key!

Today at Flow one of the clients was a England Deaf Squash player, this was particularly difficult to communicate as he could not tell us what was wrong and what treatment he needed, the therapist I was shadowing is actually learning sign language so that he can communicate efficiently with his client.

I just think it is good to reflect that you may not be able to communicate with your client for a number of reasons like language barrier or disability but with team work and a willingness to think outside of the box I think a good sports rehabilitator will be able to overcome most obstacles.

Base line tests

Before the patient participates in the McMillan exercise program it is important to record some baseline tests so we can establish any improvements that take place during the course of the rehab program. one of the tests used was the

Handgrip Strength Test  

The purpose of this test is to measure the maximum isometric strength of the hand and forearm muscles. Handgrip strength is important for any sport in which the hands are used for catching, throwing or lifting. Also, as a general rule people with strong hands tend to be strong elsewhere, so this test is often used as a general test of strength.

Helen C. Roberts, Hayley J. Denison, Helen J. Martin, Harnish P. Patel, Holly Syddall, Cyrus Cooper and Avan Aihie Sayer, A review of the measurement of grip strength in clinical and epidemiological studies: towards a standardised approach. Age Ageing (2011) 40 (4): 423-429.

Video of the test https://www.topendsports.com/videos/category/testing/strength/grip/

McMillan cancer clinic

Today I assisted with a McMillan cancer rehabilitation clinic the aim of the clinic is so that we can assist patients live a healthy lifestyle after cancer treatment

McMillan is a charity that helps people get their life back on track after cancer more information about them can be found on the following link https://www.macmillan.org.uk/?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjwxOvsBRAjEiwAuY7L8trgLgC-Ofv_KFcIqGbsuVR5nn36BTyd8qzJY6rNVJpMRfOu1E8ZPhoCeHEQAvD_BwE


First Event…….. Plymouth 10K

Today was My first event,

Myself and Fellow Rehab students were volunteering at the Plymouth 10k race

It was very unusual to me as any massage I had previously done had been in a clinical environment, it was fast paced and a high volume of clients.

rather than treating one client we had people lining up out of the door to see us,

it was all for a good cause as we were asking for donations towards supporting children in Nepal.

working in the field was good because it teaches you to plan ahead and bring everything you need, we had so many clients we nearly ran out of massage lotion so this would be something to consider for the future ……always making sure you have enough supplies to get you through the day and a little extra just in case


Sam Mullan

Hello! welcome to my blog!

I am a Student at Marjon University in Plymouth, Studying MSc Sports Rehabilitation

The purpose of this blog is to be a digital diary for my Placement hours as well as a tool to reflect on any experiences I may have

To infinity and beyond!