Mind Over Marathon

You don’t necessarily expect to hear something relevant to your PG Cert project when your catching up on TV on the iplayer but that’s just what’s happened. ‘Mind Over Marathon’ is a two part show on the BBC following ten people, each of whom struggle with mental health issues, as they train to run the London Marathon. In this second episode one of them is injured and she said: “my mood’s dropped as well…because you think, I was so excited and my confidence was getting better and now I’m like, I can’t do anything….I just feel like I’m not going to be able to do it.”

Rhian perfectly exemplifies how negative an injury can make you feel.


Deep Tissue Massage

I continue to see my physiotherapist as I wait for surgery and this week he tried something new…..deep tissue massage of my calf. It was very sore it has to be said but today I feel loose enough to go to the gym so hopefully it will have a positive effect. After coming home so sore though I did plenty googling of the benefits and side effects and came across some interesting articles:

Effects of massage on physiological restoration, perceived recovery, and repeated sports performance – http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/34/2/109

The sheer hell of a sports massage – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/11028757/The-sheer-hell-of-a-sports-massage.html

Sports Massage therapy for Recovery, Injury Rehabilitation and Better Athletic Performance – http://stretchcoach.com/articles/sports-massage/

Dance Assessor Duties

The SQA Dance examination diet is well underway and I have already been out to 3 schools with 4 scheduled for next week (3 of them thankfully have few candidates). I find examining vital for my own professional development and would encourage all dance teachers to do it. It makes you keenly aware of the marking criteria and what is required from the course, allows you to see beyond the four walls of your own dance studio and you have interesting conversations with other dance teachers across Scotland.

In teaching today, time is often cited as the biggest constraint on both development and on creativity. This visiting assessor process allows a small opportunity for that and it is wonderful to see so many schools now offering dance and so many talented young people showing their talents.

Peroneus Brevis

Given that my PG Cert project is based around physiotherapy I feel it is relevant to keep my blog updated with my own ongoing physiotherapy sessions.

In the last session I reported new pain – this time in the peroneus brevis muscle.


My physiotherapist said this is a natural response as we attempt to shift the weight from one side of my foot (where I have been walking for quite some time to take away from the neuroma pain) to the other. He was pleased in a sense as if I reported no pain at all the chances would be that I had been doing very little. The fact that I am pushing it and so recognising pain before altering accordingly is what he wants.

It is frustrating quite how much one 9mm nerve can cause though. The sooner I get my surgery date the better!

Before Physiotherapy Responses

Q1: On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the most painful and 0 being no pain at all, how much pain are you currently in when exercising?

There was a range from 3-9 of recorded pain before physiotherapy. 7 was the most ‘popular’ response with 33.33% of respondents citing it as pain and an average of 6.2 (it is this average I am going to monitor most closely).

Q2: On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the most painful and 0 no pain at all, how much pain are you currently in when sitting?

This question had a pain response rate from 0-7, the most ‘popular’ was 3 (33.33% of respondents) and the average is also 3.

Q3: My injury negatively affects my mood

Respondents were asked to rate this statement in accordance with their own experiences from a scale of strongly agree at one end, to strongly disagree at the other.

The responses were split ranging from strongly agree to disagree but with nobody choosing strongly disagree perhaps suggesting that to some degree we are all affected by injuries.

Strongly agree


Neither agree nor disagree


Strongly disagree
Total 6

Q4: My injury makes me frustrated

This was the strongest response so far with four respondents agreeing with this statement and two strongly agreeing.

Further questions might revolve around how feelings of frustration can affect mood and recovery…

Q5: My injury negatively affects my self-esteem 

An interesting split down the middle response here with 3 agreeing and 3 disagreeing.

Q6: My injury motivates me positively

A three way split on this one: two respondents each for agree, neither agree nor disagree and strongly disagree.

The interview questions may lead to more answers from this one.