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Rich with Team GB

I decided to write this piece on Richard Husseiny, our Sports Therapist / Rehab Specialist, who is also a Strength and Conditioning Coach to Olympians. He is hopeless at blowing his own horn (as many of us are) and I feel that people should know that there is a practitioner right on their door step, here in Brighton and Hove that has trained the Olympic Team GB and that could help them (yes, that includes You).

Richard has been part of the Coast Team since the day it opened, 7 years ago. He started with us as a Sports Massage Therapist while studying for his BSc as a Sports Therapist. On completion he went straight on to a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning Science which he completed last year. I think he’s itching to do a PhD so watch this space.

 

There was always something special about Rich. You could see he had a passion for what he did and a desire to learn more. That hasn’t changed over the years, if anything, as his knowledge has increased so has his hunger to learn even more; a sign of a truly good practitioner.

Richard Husseiny

 

While he was completing his studies also found the time to work with various high performance sports teams including Premiership football, Super league rugby, diving, tennis, equestrian disability and wheelchair basketball.

In 2004 he began working with Fulham football club as a sports massage therapist and with the rehabilitation of injured players. He continued to work with the club as strength and conditioning coach to the academy players through to 2008. In 2008/09, Richard joined Harlequins RL (now London Broncos) based at the stoop in London. He assisted in supporting all of the age group teams from academy through to the senior team including international grade athletes.

Currently, Richard is a part of the English Institute of Sport and is working with Team GB athletes in diving, wheelchair basketball and equestrian disability sports.

Richard has been an integral part of the diving squad aiming at podium success at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  He is responsible for the physical preparation of the world class athletes, and in his time has established performance gains as well as making each athlete more robust, allowing for consistent & quality training time. And in this Olympic year, all senior divers he has worked with have not only qualified, but have achieved career best scores in the main competitions leading up to the games.

Richard also works with disability athletes in equestrian dressage and wheelchair basketball. Working with athletes that have differing extents of paralysis or conditions such as cerebral palsy, has given him challenges needing an innovative approach; it has also given him great rewards. Again, the Paralympic athletes he has worked with have all qualified their place in this year’s Paralympic Games.

Richard has vast experience of the needs, pressures and demands of elite level sport but that experience can be applied to anyone at any level so don’t feel that you can’t use his knowledge.

If you want to do better at whatever level you are at, or you want to prevent an injury or rehab an existing injury, then Rich is your man. He is passionate about his field; he challenges convention in his approach and has a track record of winning solutions so he can find a way to help you.

Written by Anne French

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Many of you are possibly flying off to find the guarantee of some sun. That usually means travelling a fair distance. Sitting for long periods of time, whether on car or airline journeys, can increase risk of developing blood clots, also unknown as deep vein thrombosis. Simple exercises, done regularly each hour during a journey, can help blood circulation and reduce risk of developing clots.

 

Here are a few simple exercises that you can do:

Seated leg exercises

  • Rotate your feet at your ankles, 10 times clockwise then 10 times counter clockwise.
  • With your feet flat on the floor, lift your heels as high as you can and then your toes. Repeat each 10 times.
  • Make fists and place your hands on the outer sides of your knees with your feet flat on the floor. Activate your leg and buttock muscles to push your legs out against your fists. Hold this for five seconds, resisting the movement by activating your arm muscles. Relax, move your fists to the inner sides of your knees. This time push your legs together and resist this movement with your arms. Again, holding for five seconds. Repeat each movement 5 times.
  • Cross one leg over the other, place your hands around your knee and bring your knee up and towards your opposite shoulder. Hold this stretch for 20 seconds. Then repeat with the other leg.

 

Standing Leg Exercises

  • While standing, lift yourself onto your toes, hold for the count of three; repeat five times.
  • Hold on to the back of a seat while standing on one leg; bend the other leg behind you, grab the ankle and pull your heel towards your bum to stretch the front muscles in your thigh. Then do the same to the other leg.

 

Travel Tips to Aid Blood Circulation.

  1. Once every hour, get up and walk around the cabin.
  2. Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable while seated.
  3. Wear compression socks.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  5. Avoid dehydrating products such as alcohol, caffeine, decongestants and sleeping pills.

Enjoy your holidays.

Written by Anne French

 

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