belfast sports and spinal
Current position with Covid-19
At present we still remain closed for all face to face appointments, adhering to the current government social distancing rules…..but we are ready to open as soon as we are allowed to do so.
We have created new Covid-19 policies and procedure documents and provided all the necessary training to our staff. We also have at hand all the necessary PPE to keep everybody as safe as possible including non-contact thermometers, masks, gloves and aprons.
Virtual appointments remain our current way of assessing and treating patients and is an incredibly successful way to provide advice and rehab programs to patients in the safety and comfort of their own homes. If you can’t come to us, then we can come to you (through your screens at least). Please note that all major insurance companies are currently supporting this as a viable option for treatment and can still be accessed through the normal channels.
This is a learning curve with sacrifices and compromises for us all, but we will get through this and be in a better place on the other side.
YouTube Channel Up Grade
To back up the rehab programs that we currently provide, we have added significantly to our YouTube channel.
There are now over 160 rehab exercises to help assist you. Showing how the exercises are to be performed.
Tap anywhere on this box to take you to the channel and happy viewing.
As we progress through the ever-changing situation of the COVID-19 virus we want to communicate our current position.
We are currently closed to face to face appointments but are offering virtual appointments using Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp video to conduct assessments and review appointments. This gives us the ability to provide advice and exercise programs that are then backed up with email support.
Normal service will resume as soon as possible.
Stay safe, look after each other and we will get through this together!
Thank you for your understanding and support during this time.
We Are Recruiting
We would like to recruit a full-time physiotherapist to join the expanding Belfast Sports and Spinal practice.
Our current team consists of 3 Physiotherapists, a Podiatrist and also an office manager to provide administrative support.
Our patients can be self-referred or they can be referred via their GP or hospital Consultant or via private healthcare schemes and occupational health companies. Our client base is varied and we therefore encounter a wide spectrum of MSK conditions which provides us with an enjoyable and satisfying case mix.
Belfast Sports and Spinal prides itself on providing a highly professional, supportive and relaxed working environment. CPD activities are actively encouraged. The team meet twice monthly for a business meeting and also a clinical educational meeting which provides a valuable CPD opportunity.
Prospective candidates must have effective communication skills (both verbal and IT) and they require excellent interpersonal skills to enable them to work effectively within our successful team. They should have a strong desire to meet and also manage client expectations. The ideal candidate will be experienced in managing their own case load and working independently. Candidates will be required to demonstrate that they provide evidence-based treatment at a consistently high standard in line with HCPC and CSP guidelines.
The Belfast Sports and Spinal team are friendly, supportive and forward thinking and prospective candidates should reflect these core values.
Applicants must have:
• HCPC and CSP registration.
• A minimum of 3 years post graduate qualification with 3 years post graduate experience in a musculoskeletal background.
• Evidence of structured ongoing CPD with an emphasis on MSK learning.
• Ability to manage their own case load.
• A strong emphasis on manual therapy and knowledge of rehabilitation and exercise prescription.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Excellent computer and IT skills.
• A full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.
For further information or for willing applicants please send their up to date CV and covering letter to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by the 27.03.2020
ACPSEM Evening Lecture on BFR and Concussion
Evening lecture covering Blood Flow Restriction training current applications and research drivin protocols. Also covered chronic concussion assessment and treatment principles..
Performance Nutrition Seminar
Seminar covering Sports Performance Nutrition. Not necessarily a Physiotherapy remit but great to keep up with what’s going on in other associated fields.
ACPSEM Hip and Groin Conference
2 day conference covering various aspects of hip, groin and pelvic based injuries including assessment, diagnosis and current treatment principles.
Running Injuries and Performance Symposium
1 day conference covering various aspects of running based injuries including assessment, diagnosis and current treatment principles.
ACPSEM evening lecture, hip/groin and pelvis
Evening lecture covering aspects of hip and groin assessment and treatment principles as well as information on pelvic health.
Having not learnt his lesson the first time in Vichy, Peter takes on the first ever Ironman event in Ireland. Youghal Cork was a fantastic host, shame the weather was epic to say the least.
Tendinopathy Repair Masterclass
1 day course delivering a masterclass in Tendinopathy assessment, diagnosis and current treatment principles. Expertly taught by world reknowned Peter Malliaris.
Belfast Marathon 2019
In training for Cork Ironman, Peter takes on the new Belfast Marathon Course. It’s a fantastic new route although still remains challenging. The Belfast support where as fantastic as always.
Spinal Update Lecture
Evening lecture presenting current thinking on Spinal injury treatment and current Orthopaedic management.
Bike Fit @ Bicycle Coffee Shop
Down to see Sean at www.bicyclecoffeeshop.com to get the TT fitting for the up coming Ironman Cork
Peter takes on his second World Marathon Major, his time in the fantastic city of Berlin. Kipchoge setting a new world marathon record the same day in 2:02.
Orthopaedic Update Conference
1 day conference presenting current thinking on Orthopaedic injury treatment and current NHS management.
Spinal Update Conference
1 day conference presenting current thinking on Spinal injury treatment and current Orthopaedic management.
“Optimal Loading in Sport”. 2 day conference presenting current thinking on Sports injuries treatment and rehab progression
Vichy Ironman, France
After completing the Dublin Ironman 70.3 in August last year, the next challenge was to attempt a full Ironman, so with 1 years training under his belt Peter completed the Vichy Ironman on the 27.08.2017. The 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run being as challenging as it was amazing…Not for the faint hearted (or sane of mind)
In training for the France Ironman Peter undertook and completed the Gran Fondo Mourne Course. 174km with approx 8000ft of elevation climbed. A hard enough day in the saddle to be honest!
Sporting Low Back Pain Course
2 Day course led by Dr Phil Glasgow, World reknowned Physiotherapist. Dealing with assessment and treatment of Lower back pain with an emphais on the sports person
Dublin Ironman 70.3
After 13 months of hard training Peter finally suited up for his hardest challenge to date and completed the Dublin “Ironman 70.3” in 5 hours and 34 minutes.
The 1.2 mile sea swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run proving to be every bit the challenge it sounds but definitely a day to remember and not forget.
Like all good things in life every once in a while, it deserves an upgrade and Belfast Sports and Spinal is no different.
We have now moved to new premises on the Ormeau Road giving us 4 large stand-alone treatment rooms and a large rehabilitation space where we will be running Pilates and Yoga from in the near future. It also benefits from significant parking on site and in the near vacity and has full disabled access throughout the building. For some pictures please clck on our “Instagram” page.
Needless to say, we will still be providing the same expert level of care just now in much larger and better facility.
Many thanks for your continued support and we hope we don’t need to see you but if we do, we hope you will feel at home in our new premises.
Peter completes the second of the 2 marthons in 8 days in 3:26. The wind blew him about a bit but at least the great people of Belfast were out in force providing their usual fantastic support to all those taking part.
Peter compeletes his first of 2 marathons, 1 week apart in the epic event that is the London Marathon. He also undertook raising over £2000 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice in doing so.
ACL Rehabilitation Course
Course providing new innovations in the rehabiliation of ACL reconstrucion surgery and how to best faciliate return to sport and full function
Both Peter and Barney complete the Dublin Marathon. Barney completing his first full in just over 4 hours and Peter taking 10 mninutes of his PB in a time of 3:23.
Course provided by our friends at Northern MRI on advice on how to read and interpret an MRI result.
Belfast 1/2 Marathon
Both Peter and Barney take to the streets again for the Belfast 1/2 Marathon in prep for the Dublin full marathon next month
In order to get a fuller understanding of plyometric, resistance training and weight lifting principles and technique, Peter undertook the foundation UK Strength and Conditioning course in SINI.
YouTube Channel goes live
The Belfast Sports and Spinal “YouTube” channel goes live to show you in live action the exercises prescribed to you in the clinic.
Barney runs Belfast 1/2 Marathon
Barney tackles and succeeds in running his first road 1/2 Marathon, under no pressure from Peter to do it we might add.
"Robustness in Running"
Peter attends a course entitled “Robustness in Running” by world renowned runnig and sprint couch Frans Bosch. Looking at running technique and biomechanics to assess for areas of weakness and how to establish a better running gait.
Bitten by the Marathon Bug Peter starts this year off with running the Paris Marathon. A fantastic marathon for any of those looking a great European run! Great route, great support, fantastically well organised, all round crackin marathon!!!
Peter runs the Causeway Coast Marathon
On the sunniest day in September we took part in the hardest but most stunning run you could imagine, The Causeway Coast Marathon running from Portballintrae to Ballintoy and back over some of the most angulating and arduous terrain Ireland has to offer. Fantastically organised by 26 Extreme.
Peter runs Belfast 1/2 marathon
Peter takes part in the first Belfast 1/2 Marathon and records a PB of 1:35. Great event as always.
Peter Runs Belfast Marathon
For some reason Peter thought that it would be a good idea to run 2 marathons is quick succession. So back on the roads again after taking a week off post Barcelona, he built his training back up again and completed Belfast marathon 6 weeks later in a PB of 3:33. In doing so he managed to raise nearly £1500 for the Belfast Royal Victoria Neonatal Unit.
Peter Runs Barcelona Marathon
After missing out on Dublin marathon in 2012 Peter decided to run 2 marathons in 7 weeks in 2013 to catch up. He completed his first in Barcelona on the 17th of March.
Peter Runs the Dublin Marathon
After years of thinking about it Peter finally got himself organised and managed to run his first Dublin marathon over Halloween, a scary thought! In doing so he also managed to raise £1066 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and would like to thank everybody who generously supported him.
Belfast Sports and Spinal would like to introduce and welcome Barney Kennedy as it’s new member.
Barney is a Chartered and State Registered physiotherapist who is well experienced in working in the musculoskeletal and sports medicine field of physiotherapy. He is currently available through the week Monday to Friday including evening appointments.
AOCP National Conference
The Association of Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (AOCP) national conference.
Update on new developments in the care and treatment techniques of orthopaedics and fractures to give the staff at Belfast Sports and Spinal accurate, up to date knowledge of what is happening at NHS and Private Practice level regading fracture care and first line fracture treatment.
First Aid/Manual handling update
First aid training and manual handling update undertaken with “Revive Healthcare Training”.
"The Golf Athlete" course
Peter has just attended and completed a 2 day course intensive course on assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the golfing athlete.
A course designed to fully assess anybody at any level of golf to establish areas of existing or potential weakness and therefore establish a treatment programme to address current problems and prevent new ones from occurring. Essential in improving your golf swing and technique and keep you playing for longer injury free.
Further details can be found at :
Belfast Sports and Spinal opens....
After 3 years of planning, Belfast Sports and Spinal opens its doors on the 6th of April, 2009