Three years ago today Sports Solutions opened its doors. Thank you Gino for all the hard work you've put into our 2nd clinic. We are grateful to our team, colleagues and patients that have supported us through this journey. We have learned tremendously.
At the heart of it are our patients. All our efforts to update, improve and progress is to help make life better for you.
Podiatrist Ian Griffiths feels the word "overpronation" should be banished. In fact, he feels the term "overpronation" should be erased from current day usage in both the medical and lay communities. Surprised that this is coming from a podiatrist? Please read on.
Overpronation has often been blamed for causing injuries. In fact, there is little evidence that excessive pronation causes injury for that matter. Griffiths' view (and yours truly as well) is that pronation is only one of many factors to consider when assessing an injured patient.
In truth, pronation is completely normal. Majority of data collected suggests that the average normal foot position is actually mildly to moderately pronated and not "neutral". In fact, some studies even suggest that a pronated foot type can be protective against injury.
This does not mean that you will not suffer from pain or injury associated with your foot movement or pronation patterns. This means that the relationship between pronation and injury is not consistent or predictable and poorly understood at best.
Most of my patients who wear motion control shoes have always been told by their Physiotherapist/ Podiatrist/ Sports Doctor/ running shoe shop assistant that they go to telling them they have flat/ low arches and that they need to control their "overpronation". Well, now you know that there is actually very poor evidence that these motion control shoes achieve this. Based on what you now know, if the shoe store you go to (or physiotherapist/ podiatrist etc) tell you to choose shoes based solely on how flat your arch looks or how much you pronate then you'd better leave.... pronto.
Sports Solutions hosted the Total Solutions Taping course yesterday. Not like your typical rigid/ elastic taping courses, the participants were shown instances where rigid/ elastic tape is superior to even Kinesio Tape.
The participants were amazed to learn many techniques that require only a single (yes, you read right) piece of tape. They even learnt how to effectively treat a condition using just underwrap (yes, you read correctly, just underwrap).
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About Gino Ng
Prior to joining Physio Solutions and starting up Sports Solutions, Gino Ng worked as a senior sports physiotherapist at the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) from 1999-2009. He graduated with a double masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia on a SSC sponsorship.
Gino's position is perhaps most unique amongst sports physiotherapists in Singapore having seen all sides of the field as a practitioner, an athlete and as a patient.
His special interests are in the treatment of articular cartilage injuries having done research in the area whilst undergoing his postgraduate training. He specializes in treating sports injuries, as well as devising sports rehabilitation programmes after reconstructive surgeries to the shoulder, knee and ankle joints.
As a former national triathlete, Gino is a 2-time Singapore National Triathlon champion (2000-2001), National Duathlon champion (2001), 10-time winner of the National Vertical Marathon (1998-2001, 2004-2005, 2007-2010). He has also placed 4th at the 2001 Asian Duathlon Championships in Hong Kong and made several podium finishes in the Asian Cup Triathlon Series events over the years while holding down a full time job as a physiotherapist.
Partly as a result of his gruelling training regime, Gino needed 3 knee surgeries in 2002 and 2003. After which he made a comeback and placed 4th in the 2005 SEA Games triathlon event.
When not participating, Gino has kept close to sports, travelling widely with the Singapore medical teams for major overseas events such as the various SEA Games, 2002, 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2006 Asian Games and he is the only local Singaporean physiotherapist to have been to both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Gino is also one of only three certified Kinesio Taping Instructors (CKTI) in Singapore and teaches the Kinesio Taping Level 1, 2 & 3 courses. He is also a frequent speaker at symposiums and sporting events.
While out cycling in April 2013, Gino had an accident and fractured his skull and spine. Thankfully, he is a lot better now and is back working part time. Having neck and back pain? Well, now you know who came back from a broken skull and back.