2017 Reflection Wrap Up

2017 has been a very productive and progressive year for me, with many good features carrying on into 2018 as well. I read a few other blogs and always enjoy the “End of Year Reflection/Summary/Toast/Contemplation etc..” and thought with all that has happened over the past year I would start the same.

Martial Arts

I guess the big news is that towards the end of the year I have began working with the UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) providing content for their members on reducing injury risk in BJJ. The UKBJJA are the equivalent of the FA but for BJJ. This had been in the pipeline since the end of last year, and for a while I thought was not going to happen, but credit to new CEO Mike Williams for taking me on, they even generously gave me the title of “Physio Consultant”. The videos for now will be only be available exclusively for UKBJJA members, though sometime next year will begin to become globally available.

I still continue to support Tsunami MMA Cambridge & Comberton Judo Club. I would like to congratulate the new Dr Bob Challis for achieving his PhD, as well as for working with the Athlete Analyzer Group and creating/molding the potentially first load management and monitoring app for judo. So far my experience with it has only been positive, time will tell how far this goes.

Online wise I added the “Knee Injury Prevention for Martial Artists” this year, plus added references to the shoulder and injury prevention principles articles.

Martial Arts Athlete Knee Injury Prevention 2017

Martial Arts Athlete Shoulder Injury Prevention 2017

Martial Arts Athlete Training Injury Prevention Principles

I also need to thank Matt D’Aquino of Beyond Grappling who promoted me several times and got me far more visitors than I could achieve at the time on my own. I even had the pleasure of producing this video on “Shoulder Stability Drills for Judo & BJJ” for his website and YouTube page.


The other big news is that I am a current contributing writer for Bass Guitar Magazine, discussing topics on reducing risk of injury for bassists and likely issues they could face. This process again started much earlier in the year, and thanks to editor Joel McIver for giving me the chance to combine my interests and provide lots of info for the bass playing community, this is again set to continue long into 2018 all being well. I own the copyright for the articles and am free to upload them once that months issue has passed, so look out for them being released online soon.

In November I also got to attend a day of “Critical Thinking in Music Education & Health” in Manchester and even got to be on the panel at the end of the day for some brief questioning. Well done to Raluca Matei for putting on great event and being the first music healthcare conference I have been to which challenges some of the assumptions of healthcare professionals working with musicians, hopefully this will be repeated next year down south.


During the day I still work for the NHS, and in July moved my base closer to Cambridge and home, I also have been given a role in managing our teams social media representation (you can tell its me when there’s lots of emojis used).

I have also read/flicked through quite a few good books this year, here’s a run down (not including any fictional/autobiography texts).

Why Men Lie and Women Cry – Allan & Barbara Pease

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

The Definitive Book of Body Language – Allan & Barbara Pease

How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be – Jack Canfield

The Platinum Rule – Tony Alessandra & Michael J. O’Connor

Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo – Ian Harris

Linchpin – Seth Godin

Testing Treatments – Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, Iain Chalmers & Paul Glasziou

Health Behaviour Change – Stephen Rollnick, Pip Mason & Chris Butler

Aches & Pains Three Book Collection – Louis Gifford

Crooked – Cathryn Jakobson Ramin


Add on top I got engaged, bought our first house and a cat, it’s been pretty hectic.

Much to look forward to 2018.

Have a nice day,