The boys here at PhysioRoom.com have a զriendlyՠgame of football each Tuesday evening. We have divided ourselves into two teams of five and play a series of matches, where the first team to win seven games secures bragging rights and a meal and drinks at the expense of the losing opponents. We did originally play the first to five matches, but it was decided this was making the mini tournaments too short, as each team took turn to dominate in a series.
As I recovered from my sprained ankle, I gradually reduced the wearing of an ankle support, until I wasnִ wearing it at all for speed sessions on the road and gentle training runs off road, but was not sufficiently confident to leave my ankle unsupported during longer or harder training sessions on the fells.
Although I celebrated my 60th birthday in 2010, I am still active and competitive, these days concentrating mainly on running and cycling. To mark my birthday, I completed three big challenges:
- Ran the Pendle Way, a local long-distance footpath (43 miles) in 9 hours;
- Completed the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge (47 miles) in 14 hours;
- Cycled from Coniston to Interlaken (1,000 miles in 10 days) to take part in the Jungfrau Marathon, which I completed in 4hours 11 minutes.
Iֶe always tried to keep active whilst keeping a busy lifestyle. I try to achieve this through regular trips to the gym and a weekly game of five-a-side football with friends. When I was 17, I broke my left ankle in two places whilst playing football, which left the joint weak and delicate.
As compiler of the English Premier League Injury Table on PhysioRoom.com, I often get asked questions about the rehab of Premier League football players, whether it be on the PhysioRoom.com site, via @physioroom on Twitter, PhysioRoom.com Facebook page or in my regular appearances on Talksport.