Today's post comes from Andreas Bjerregaard who is a physiotherapist and personal trainer in Copenhagen. As well as running his own clinic and being a FIFA 11+ instructor, Andreas volunteers his physio skills for the Homeless World Cup. Andreas blogs about his work here. I work on how people can change the lives of homeless people through football. Right now the tournament (www.homelessworldcup.org) is being hosted in Santiago, Chile. I am part of a physiotherapy team from Denmark and Norway who are treating players from all over the world. On busy day we would have 150-200 treatments with all kinds of injuries: dislocated fingers and shoulders, broken bones, major acute ligaments … [Read more...] about Connectivity – Contributions from the Network #3 – Andreas Bjerregaard
I start a week of teaching on the social determinants of health on Monday with our 1st year physiotherapy students. It's part of a course/module we run at AUT called 'Physiotherapy and Health Priorities' and it looks at applying public health principles to our practice. Social determinants aren't something that physios have spent a lot of time studying in the past, and it's a bit alarming to see how little research is out there that points to a role for the profession. We're not even driving the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff on this issue: we're the people who pick up the patients who have left the ambulance after its already crashed. Clearly this is not a wise or enviable … [Read more...] about Social determinants of health and physiotherapy
Sitting, we are told, is the new smoking (see, for example recent articles in Runner's World, Wired, LA Times.) Apparently, 'Sitting for hours on end, every day, is bad for your health. Sitting at work is bad for you. Sitting after work is bad for you. Sitting is the new smoking, except that the furniture lobby probably isn't as powerful as the tobacco one' link. Now while I don't for one moment decry the volumes of research that are supporting this recent phenomenon, my question is why now? Why has prolonged sitting become what Gilson, Straker and Parry recently described as 'a contemporary and highly topical area of study within public health research'? It's not like people … [Read more...] about Sitting is the new smoking…really?