BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

Patrick Gillham

Pat gained a BA in Sports Science at Durham University and then an MSc in Physiotherapy at University of Birmingham. A Physiotherapist for 10 years working in a variety of amateur and professional sports as well as private practice, Pat is a keen and active golfer playing mostly in South West London.

Pat works at Pure Sports Medicine and utilizes a team approach to cover every aspect of a person's rehabilitation back to unrestricted performance. Pat has a Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Certification, and is a Consulting Physiotherapist for Full Potential Coaching, West Bromwich Albion FC academy, CA Brive RFC, Crystal Palace Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, and Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.



Articles by Patrick Gillham

Plyometric training…when does rehabilitation need a spring in its...

in Improve, Power development, Strength

The debate continues surrounding appropriate timing and volume for implementing plyometric training in return-to-play rehabilitation. Pat Gillham looks at the latest thinking ‘Plyometric exercise’ was a term coined in 1964(1). Plyometrics exercises exploit the benefits of the plyometric regime and involve the Stretch-Shortening Cycle (SSC)(2). Thanks to the muscles’ pre-stimulation during the eccentric phase, plyometrics... MORE

Lumbar spondylolysis in adolescent athletes: breaking the curse!

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Neck and back injuries

Pat Gilham considers the etiology, diagnosis and conservative treatment options for younger athletes with lumbar spondylosis. Spondylolysis is a fracture at the pars interarticularis of a vertebra. In the general population, the incidence of spondylolysis as a cause of low back pain is around 6% in adults and 4.4% in the paediatric population(1). However, in adolescent athletes,... MORE

The modern golfer part II: be strong, perform well

in Power development, Strength

In part one of this two-part series, Pat Gillham looked at injury incidence and prevention in golfers. In this article, Pat explores the role of strength and conditioning for enhancing golf performance. Simple physics tells us that by generating more force against the ground (vertical ground reaction force), we can increase velocity. This applies directly to... MORE

The modern golfer Part I: the biomechanics of injury...

in Anatomy, Improve, Prevent

In the first of a 2-part article, Pat Gilham explores the biomechanics of the golf swing and the implications for prevention. The golf swing is a multi-segmented and complex skill, which involves accurate body perception and well-coordinated muscular actions(1). It involves a kinetic chain initiated from movement of the legs and hips followed by the trunk... MORE

Lower leg pain in athletes: know the difference

in Acute injuries, Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries

Calf pain in athletes is common, but can be tricky to diagnose. Pat Gilham looks at the various conditions responsible, and what the literature says about an effective diagnosis. Calf muscle strain injuries are common across sports involving high-speed running or high volumes of running load, acceleration and deceleration – and also during fatiguing conditions of... MORE

Patellofemoral pain: soleus to the rescue?

in Joint injuries, Knee injuries, Leg injuries

Pat Gilham considers the issue of patellofemoral pain in runners. Can improving soleus capability of play more of a role in treatment? It is well understood that patellofemoral pain (PFP) has a high incidence rate among runners(1). There are many intrinsic factors which are believed to influence PFP in runners, including abnormal anatomical alignment and foot... MORE

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