Athlete Matters are one of the leading sports physiotherapy providers based in the North West with clinics in Worsley, Cheadle and Preston. The clinics specialise in the treatment of runners in particular with clients coming from all over the UK and further afield. Their work includes supporting the Great Britain athletics team at altitude camps in Iten, Kenya and Font Romeu, Pyrenees and at championship events such as the World Cross Country and World Half Marathon championships - and past Greater Manchester Marathon winners.
"When I won the Manchester Marathon in 2012 and 2013, it was touch and go whether I'd even be on the start line. Duncan and his team at Athlete Matters made sure I was on the start line and ready to run! The post race massage certainly accelerated my muscle recovery, and ready to return to training for the next one!"
Dave Norman, Greater Manchester Marathon winner 2012 and 2013
Whilst the staff at the clinics have treated World record holders, Olympic and World champions they are also very adept at ensuring that recreational runners get to the start line against all odds or allowing them to get to work on Monday morning after race weekend.
Should you be unfortunate enough to sustain an injury in preparation for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon (or another event) and would like to see one of Athlete Matters' physiotherapists you can contact them using the details below or check out the common ailments page:
South Manchester Sports Injuries Clinic (Cheadle): Tel: 0161 637 3633 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.smsiclinic.co.uk
Worsley Physio & Sports Injuries Clinic: Tel: 0161 702 9474 Email: email@example.com Website: www.worsleyphysioclinic.co.uk
Or for a general enquiry please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Athlete Matters we prefer to treat you fit, rather than put you back together again once you are injured! Many times we have seen people training really hard for a marathon and then get injured in the last month with an injury that could have been avoided with preventative measures. We have worked in a preventative capacity with most of the country’s top runners including Olympic champions and World record holders as part of our work with UK Athletics.
Many athletes now visit our physiotherapists for injury prevention – prehabilitation.
We offer a screening service to identify potential problems, which includes a filmed biomechanical assessment, whilst running on a treadmill. Some of our staff are active in researching running injuries and running biomechanics, particularly in the way the pelvis and thorax move during running related to injury. From this assessment we can prescribe you with specific exercises to avoid injury.
Many of our physiotherapists are also fully trained sports masseurs (Sports massage Association level 4) and are trained in the use of the Kinnective massage instrument meaning we can release tight and aching muscles and speed recovery. We recommend massage monthly as a minimum, but more frequently if you can manage it.
Our well established weekly core strength class is designed for runners to improve control around the hip and pelvis and has been used by hundreds of runners to reduce injury and in doing so improve performance.
Running school -as fully qualified athletics and triathlon coaches some of our staff combine their knowledge of physiotherapy and running injury with training theory to teach running drills to promote good technique and prevent injury.
As part of your marathon training expect to get a few aches and pains. Athlete Matters have put together a selection of information leaflets about the more common running injuries. If your condition persists, it would be wise to book into one of Athlete Matters' clinics for expert advice and treatment (full contact details).
Common Injury Information Leaflets