Up and Running are a sports injury clinic providing expert treatment and sports specific rehabilitation. Whatever your injury, Up and Running aims to provide a complete service that will help you regain fitness and return to your sporting activity quickly. Their aim is to enable all clients, whatever their level of sport or fitness, to receive treatment and rehabilitation standards comparable to that enjoyed by elite sportsmen and women.
Owner Keith Walden has over forty years’ experience in professional sport and his CV is impressive to say the least; Business owner, University lecturer, former Portsmouth FC assistant manager and physiotherapist, co-writer and producer of the university course BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Vice-Chairman of the Society of Sports Therapists.
Festival organiser Luke Newton sat down to talk to Keith and James Morris to find out more about Up and Running and how they can help you:
Thank you both for your time! Keith, your experience is vast but what are your biggest achievements and proudest moments?
"My proudest moments are quite difficult to describe since they are both ongoing. Although involved in elite sport for fifty years now I was the inspiration for a new profession called "Sports Therapy". In the late 1980's, having completed my training as a Physiotherapist I realised that the training for Physiotherapists was aimed at the majority of service users within the NHS, not sportsmen and women. I felt that sportsmen and women required a much more specialised approach with preventative knowledge, specialised treatments followed by sports-specific rehabilitation back to optimum levels of fitness. The Society of Sports Therapists was formed in 1990 and now boasts 28 degree programmes world-wide with many more universities signing up to offer the degree. I am the Vice Chairman of the 'The Society of Sports Therapists'.
My other proud achievement is Up and Running (Sports Injury Clinics) Ltd. Formed in 1986, Up and Running has become synonymous with the very best care of for injured sportsmen and women. We have a team consisting of Graduate Sports Therapists, Physiotherapists, Sports Scientists and an Acupuncturist."
James, how long have you worked at Up and Running and what do you enjoy most about your job?
"I began working at Up and Running in 2011 as soon as I graduated from my Sports Therapy degree; initially on a part-time basis and it has all snowballed from there over the past 5 years. There are many aspects that I enjoy about my job but if I had to pick one I’d say that feeling when you are able to help a patient that has been putting up with a pain or an injury for a prolonged period of time."
James, what’s behind Up and Running’s success?
"There is a simple reason why Up and Running are so successful and that is because we aim to find the cause of the problem as quickly as possible; thus making the appropriate treatment more effective. We set ourselves a challenge of trying to fix each patient in just one session and whilst this is obviously not always achieved we strive to get each patient to a point where they no longer need to see us in as few a sessions as possible. Further to our success is the great team that we have in place here."
Up and Running is a thriving clinic and I guess the injuries you deal with are extremely varied! What’s the most common injury you deal with and what can people do better to avoid it?
"I’d have to say that probably 90% (maybe even higher!) of the injuries we treat all stem from the spine; which makes sense if you think that every muscle group in the body is innervated from a nerve that comes from the spine. The best way to avoid developing any back problems is to keep moving! As a nation we tend to leave quite sedentary lifestyles whether this be sat in on office all day, doing lots of driving for work or spending too much time in front of the TV!"
What advice would you give to anyone engaged in physical activity with regards injury prevention?
"If you are engaged in physical activity then listening to your body is the key part with regards to injury prevention. Early recognition of injuries, tightness or feelings of fatigue will result in a quicker recovery time and reduce the likelihood of re-injury. This will also make you aware of weaknesses that your body may have in training and allow you to address these adequately in your programme to strengthen your body further and prevent chronic injuries and symptoms. Listening to your body, taking an optimal amount of rest and adhering to the advice given to you will allow you to get the most out of your program and fitness regime."
How do you guys stay active and injury free?
"Fortunately we are in the environment where we can all work on each other as soon as we notice a slight niggle & that manages to keep us largely injury free! We also have the opportunity to keep active by being based in Roko Health Club which is ideal if we ever have a slight gap in the day then we can make use of the excellent facilities on offer at Roko."
You’ve been treating Team GB sportsmen and women recently. How did that come about and what other sportspeople have you treated?
"The elite athletes that we work closely with were clients of Up and Running before they joined up with Team GB. This shows how happy they all were with their treatment that they received from Up and Running. We have been able to advise them along their journey with Team GB and liaised with their coaches and support networks to help ensure that they are functioning at their fittest to allow optimum performance. Injury prevention is a big key player in this so allowing maintenance work as well as any injury management is vital to these athletes."
The Up and Running clinic is always buzzing. What else have you got going on?
"As well as our in-house business we have a large outreach program providing Sports Therapy and first-aid for a whole host of sports clubs and teams. This includes all of the Portsmouth Grammar School sports teams, St Johns College and the University of Portsmouth. We also attend regular race meetings for Portsmouth Athletics and Portsmouth North Sea; alongside looking after Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre. Our therapists James & Katie have developed a strong link with Hampshire RFU & they attend the rugby tournaments throughout the year."
Why should people come and say Hi at the Festival and what can we expect at your pitch?
"Everyone should come over and say hello whether they have an injury or not! We can discuss with anyone prevention strategies to remain injury free, or discuss what the most appropriate treatment is needed for various injuries whether these be sporting or occupational. We will also be carrying out some mini-treatment sessions to give people an idea of what they can expect from a visit to Up and Running Sports Injuries Clinics along with some Sports Massage. We are also happy to give advice on do’s or don’t’s in preparation for any events that individuals are training for."
Find Up and Running at Roko Health Club, 442 Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5EW
Reception Telephone: 02392 651 400 (8am - 9pm)