Q / A with Scot McAllister, Head of Physiotherapy Academy Manchester City F.C.
Question 1: Dear Scot, could you please tell us if there is any peculiarity in the level and quality of physio development in the ManCity club approach which caused such an increase in successful results previously?
Our approach to biomechanical assessment within the Manchester City Academy is an ever-evolving process. One where we try to reflect and evaluate the effectiveness of what we do constantly. It is important to understand that in the developing athlete, especially young children, that the body is changing and growing and the athletes themselves develop at different rates. This provides a challenge to us where we want a thorough, evident, and clinically relevant process that our staff feel provides useful information relevant to the individual and larger groups within the Academy.
Question 2: Do you see a rising interest in physio and biomechanics? Would there be continuing investments from technological companies in the future to come up with new devices?
I see the greatest challenge to technology companies for the future in being able to develop technology which gathers accurate information that the players themselves are able to collect independently and understand so they are able to apply this knowledge to their own performance and management.
Question 3: Are biomechanics studies and analysis useful for physiotherapy?
Biomechanics studies and analysis are useful for physiotherapy only if the data is applied to the clinical and performance setting. We need to see more research undertaken whereby the researchers really understand the challenges in the performance setting that practitioners and clinicians are dealing with. Research which doesn't offer answers to improving practice and performance is therefore potentially useless.
Question 4: Which innovation in technology or philosophy of physiotherapy do you foresee in the future?
I think in terms of innovation, it would be useful to be able to get accurate biomechanical information from 'live' performance, either from competition or training which allows us to know exactly what is happening to our athletes and performers to better programme rehabilitation. In terms of philosophy, I will allow my presentation in March to show you the philosophy we have as a performance team within the academy at Manchester City!
Question 5: What is the role of biomechanics analysis within the coaching process? How would you suggest developing skills to present insights back to managers, coaches, and players?
Biomechanical analysis should make the coaching process simpler and not complicate it. It must also be such that the coach and player understand it's relevancy to performance.
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