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Harris & Ross at Summer Social

Posted on June 15th, 2017

Earlier this month, practitioners John Gripper and Tom Burden made their way down to the Capital. Their skills were requested for this year’s Summer Social– and to also spend the day basking in the sun…It’s a tough life for some…

On a Saturday morning at the beginning of June, two intrepid members of the Harris & Ross team caught the 6.10am train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, before hitching an Uber across town to Richmond Athletic Ground. The Summer Social was about to begin! A festival combining live music from top DJs and sports; with Rugby 7’s, Hockey 7’s and CrossFit competitions, tag, dodgeball, volleyball and netball matches.

Two physios heavily laden with massage beds and an arsenal of taping and strapping equipment, trundled into the ground like a couple of pale English Sherpas. They arrived just in time to see the British and Irish Lions close out a poor victory over the Provincial Barbarians on the big screen in one of the fan zones. Thankfully, the sun was shining in South West London.

Having been greeted by the Red Bull team, the boys made their way to the Red Bull Energy Zone to set up for the day. Players competing in the tournament could hang out on the beanbags, enjoy a Red Bull and use the services of the Harris & Ross team.

Although various levels of competitions were taking place in Richmond, the primary reason for attending was to provide sports massage and physiotherapy to the elite Rugby 7’s teams. Strapping was essential, as the players felt they needed more support and stability, in any (and every) joint in the body. It’s common for both male and female Rugby players, to be taped rather heavily, predominantly around the shoulders, ankles and knees, as well as a few fingers along the way.

During a 7’s game, the type of injuries incurred are the same in a 15-a-side Rugby, but largely the risk is decreased due to there being less collisions. Therefore, most injuries sustained are soft tissue related. And for those teams who make it deep into the tournament, there is a higher chance of getting cramps!

It was a great day out and everyone who attended enjoyed the atmosphere and activities on offer. As the games were coming to a close and it was time for the H&R boys to leave, it seemed the party had only just begun. We look forward to attending next year.

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