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Pasky gears up for Lions tour Phil is feeling lucky as he gets set for the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia HIGHLY RESPECTED Witty, Pask & Buckingham man Phil Pask is in a confident mood ahead of his third British & Irish Lions tour as head physiotherapist. Phil has been chosen to lead the medical team in Australia and is hoping it proves third time lucky for his side, having been defeated on two previous tours. The Lions play their first of six warm-up matches on June 1st in Hong Kong, and will face up to the Wallabies in three tests across the month-long jaunt, with tests being played on June 22nd, June 29th and July 6th. Before boarding the team plane, Phil agreed to write exclusively for the WPB newsletter, which can be read on page four. From all of us at the practice, we wish Phil and the side the very best of luck!!

LAUGH OUT LOUD - Phil Pask makes light work of stretching Ugo Monye’s hamstring (above), helps a player from the field (top right) and poses for the camera

Paul and Jean Witty : An obituary IT is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul and Jean Witty, founders of Witty, Pask & Buckingham Chartered Physiotherapists. Paul and Jean passed away within a couple of weeks of each other recently, and our thoughts go out to the family who have been devastated twice in such a short period of time. Current director Mark Buckingham looks back on the creation of the practice by two wonderful people who

became dear friends: “Paul and Jean established the practice in the early 1980s after leaving the RAF. Paul quickly gained a reputation for excellent diagnostic skills and treatment alongside a professional, friendly and caring approach. This was supported by Jean, who ran the practice administration. “Paul looked after the Northampton Saints for many years, which is where he met Phil Pask, who on completing his studies, joined Paul in the practice. Thus “Witty and Pask” was born. Continued overleaf

FOREVER IN OUR THOUGHTS - Paul Witty has passed away, along with wife Jean

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The Witty family can be extremely proud Continued from page one “Their reputation grew based on their inherent integrity and the waiting room was never a sombre place with Jean around. “When Paul decided to retire in 1999 I was honoured to be offered the opportunity to take on his role in the practice with Clare and Janice taking on the practice administration work from Jean. “Their support, advice and trust was always treasured and we continued to keep in contact, sharing holidays in Scotland, mostly fishing. “Paul was as ever the patient teacher who had the uncanny knack of knowing just where the fish were and plucking them out effortlessly. The loop of his line flowing high over his head under total control will live with me forever as an aspiration! “Paul and Jean were good friends and we shall miss them hugely. I thank them for believing in me and the Witty name will always be part of our practice. I hope the family can take pride from the sign A LASTING LEGACY - The Witty name will always be a part of the practice along the Billing Road. It is part of their parent’s legacy.”

Day to remember with England for David IT may have ended up as a disappointing Six Nations campaign for England, but WPB and Old Northamptonians Rugby Club physio David Bradbrook has reason to look back on it fondly. David spent a day with the England set-up prior to the match against Italy, after being invited down by England Senior Physiotherapist and WPB man Phil Pask. “I got there for breakfast with the squad at 7am, and then I went in and did a pool session with Phil,” explained Bradbrook. “He was showing me what he does with one of the injured players. It was dead easy for the player but I was puffing away! I went in the pool

and did the rehab too. “The facilities are amazing. There was a great big gym set up in a marquee next to the pitch. All the massive weights and all the top end stuff that is currently on the market is in there, and excellent treatment areas and stuff like that. They’re well looked after! “I went with Phil to Twickenham to do a bit more rehab there, too. Phil demonstrated the use of an antigravity treadmill where the player, in this instance Ben Morgan, was able run at reduced percentages of his body weight as he rehabilitates and recovers from injury. “The level of the rehab they do is on a different level, I imagine even to the footballers.

EXPERT EXPERIENCE - David Bradbrook spend time with the England Rugby squad recently “I picked loads of little bits up from Phil and the other physios, and the way they go about things that I can bring in to the practice.”

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British Athletics Doctor joins WPB BRITISH ATHLETICS Sports & Exercise Science Consultant, Dr John Rogers, has begun operating a fortnightly clinic at WPB and our neighbours the County Clinic. Dr Rogers was one of the first doctors in the UK to come through a training programme in Sport & Exercise Medicine, undertaking four years of higher specialist training in orthopaedics, radiology, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, general practice, public health, exercise and sports medicine. His expertise will be a huge asset to the practice, and WPB Director Mark Buckingham was delighted to see his good friend come on board. He said: “The arrival of John will see a wealth of knowledge and expertise come in to the practice. “John and I already refer patients to each other and have a fantastic

GOLDEN HANDSHAKE - Doctor John Rogers congratulates Mo Farah after his victory in the 10,000 meters during last summer’s Olympic Games working relationship, and the fact he has chosen to operate a clinic from our practice shows how highly he regards us. “Every now and again we have to refer people on to experts like John –

Busy times for Mark DESPITE having a waiting list longer than the average arm, Mark Buckingham has managed to fit in appearances for Great Britain and in the dock recently. Before anyone gets too worried, Mark was in court appearing as a medical expert in a case between Everton Football Club and a former player. Called up because of his excellent reputation and high level of experience, Mark was on

hand to provide expert knowledge to the court room and spent several hours providing critical information. On top of that, he recently travelled to Poland to make his 16th appearance at the World Cross Country Championships. Mark helped GBs promising junior women’s team stay in tip-top condition in order to pick up a bronze medal on a freezing course, with high winds making for a temperature of -15 degrees C.

whether they be weekend warriors, an individual who has started feeling pain unexpectedly or an elite athlete – and the fact that John is now on site will mean the quality of care we can offer will rise once more.”

Good luck to Jess and Naomi A WARM welcome to WPB’s newest recruit, receptionist Jess Smith, who will take over from Naomi Hinksman while she is on maternity leave. Naomi is expecting a second child with her partner Dan, and we’re delighted to have Jess on board to hold the fort in Naomi’s absence. We’d also like to wish Naomi the best of luck throughout the remaining term of her pregnancy, and look forward to welcoming her back at some point!

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Phil Pask On his feelings ahead of the Lions tour down under... SOMETIMES you have to sit back and reflect – this is one of those times. I am a very privileged person to be asked to go on this Lions Tour to Australia, to work with arguably ‘the best of the best’ of Rugby players and coaches from the British Isles. After the disappointment of New Zealand (2005) and having come so close in South Africa (2009) this is our chance of doing something special – to win a Test Series down under! Different coaches, and management, and the ‘Auld enemy’ as your new team mates makes this quite a different environment to find yourself in. Exciting and demanding, exhilarating and exhausting , enjoyable and stressful – all at the same time. Not a place for the faint hearted – player, coach or physio! Saints Captain Dils (Dylan Hartley), is so delighted to have been selected for the Lions. I don’t know about him but I will be very nervous to begin with – and this is my third Lions Tour and I have lost none of my passion and love for this game – and for what is undoubtedly about to come and hit us! I have always been worried crossing the Severn Bridge to play against teams like Aberavon or Llanelli for the Saints and then Wales with England – but it was a pleasure to drive across that muddy estuary and onto the Vale Hotel Complex near Cardiff, training headquarters of Welsh Rugby, to meet up for the start of the Tour. The Lions team starts with nothing – and at the end of the tour there is nothing. I have to decide what I will need for the tour, order it, use it and at the end of the tour redistribute what is left back to the Unions and the clubs. This means literally starting with a blank sheet and buying everything from couches to massage cream. We turn up at the Hotel and everything I ordered is there waiting for us in boxes. Amazing! The players were obviously a little nervous in the presence of not only a new group of top coaches but also their peer group – and ultimately their opposition for a test place. They need not have worried though – this is already turning into a very special bunch of people. After a few days together I have been delighted

to see how well everyone is getting along. It does help though when you have the experience of players like BOD (Brian O’Driscoll), Paully (Paul O’Connell) and Doc (Jamie Roberts) about. There is a real mix of these older guys from previous tours and the ‘young bloods’ of star quality players such as George North and Leigh Halfpenny. The Medical team is made up of Dr James Robson (Scotland), on his 6th Lions Tour, physios ‘Big’ Bob Stewart [Gloucester] and Prav ‘Panda’ Mathama (Wales) and massage therapist and my old buddy from England, Richard ‘The Pole’ Wegrzyk. We were the medical team from the last Lions Tour that gelled so well that Gatts (Warren Gatland) wanted to keep us all together. The only new member is the Irish Doc, Aena Falvey, a 6ft 3 explayer and boxer of note – good old boy to have around! We are a team within a team and are very comfortable in each other’s company – this allows us to set up a really effective treatment and rehab facility. The Vale hotel is a fabulous place, housing both the Welsh football and Rugby training facilities within its grounds. A massive indoor area the size of a football pitch and training facilities that the Welsh and England fitness guys, Adam Beard and Bobby Stridgeon have relished putting the boys through hell! No problems for Dils though as he is looking in particularly good shape at the moment. The team Chef is already hard at it; Fantastic food and a great selection. The nice thing is you can eat as much as you like – there’s no sugar or fat in any of it. Now this is very good news for the Hookers, Dils and Tom Youngs, as they do have quite a healthy appetites! The Plan is to have one week training in Wales, one training in Ireland and then off to Hong Kong to play the opener against a Barbarian side. Then onto Perth and 9 games in 5 weeks – a team built in a matter of weeks to play one of the best teams in the World in their own back yard. What a challenge! Watch this space!


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Witty, Pask & Buckingham Summer Newsletter 2013  

The summer edition of the Witty, Pask & Buckingham Chartered Physiotherapists newsletter.