Life's a Ball': Ian Liversedge: The Highs and Lows of a Football Physio

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Life's a Ball': Ian Liversedge: The Highs and Lows of a Football Physio

Life's a Ball': Ian Liversedge: The Highs and Lows of a Football Physio

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In the book, it was revealed that Gascoigne was smoking heavily at this point and liked “a few brandies” before a game).

Special interests: Hypnotherapy, peri-operative anxiety management anxiety management training and Course Director POEMS For Children Anxiety Management Training CourseStephen Hunt of Reading was running into the box and as goalkeeper Petr Cech went down to collect the ball, Hunt’s leg collided with Cech’s head. Towards the end of the book he describes meeting old friends from football when the conversation rarely touches on the game but is more about “the scrapes” they shared. But drinking exploits are the sort of tales that can only have been funny to those taking part and possibly not even then. Fans who followed Oldham in the period he describes might feel slightly short changed to find that many at the club followed a motto Liversedge characterises as “win or loose, have a booze”. These behind-the-scenes staff members work tirelessly throughout the week with the sole focus of having the team ready for a Saturday afternoon. Then, once the players cross the white line, there is little influence they can have on the ensuing 90 minutes. Life’s a Ball is good fun, unpretentious and gives the reader a gossipy insight into what goes on at a football club.

often think that Norman Medhurst (his assistant physio with England) and myself are like the civil service who carry on no matter whether the ministers, or in our case the managers change, and we keep on rolling along regardless of who is in charge and that’s the way it should be.” Each manager will have his own way of working with players and staff and it is vital you work within this philosophy without ever forgetting or compromising your duty of care to your players. job is frequently as liaison between the doctors who are there for medical illness and the manager who selects and trains the team. led to the chairman of FIFA‘s medical committee, Michel D’Hooghe, setting up a sub-committee to draw up a new code of ethics for managers and team doctors. During my 30 years in football I have often spent some of the close season either on a course or at a conference and news of medical staff dismissals is never far from the topic of conversation.It will be a footnote, no more than that, but the relatively unknown Merseysider just so happens to have made a significant contribution during one of the most interesting periods at St James’ Park.

After taking advice from a number of physios, he kept the menu heavy with carbs and proteins, cereal, wholemeal toast and fresh fruit.

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He recounts: “I was just about to wipe the floor with the kitchen staff when I heard a familiar voice coming from the other side of the room. it’s going to work it has to be based on the fundamentals of mutual trust, respect and understanding. Graham wanted to stamp his own authority on the club and that was his prerogative,”‘I know you wouldn’t want to be a number two’”.

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