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Dr John Morgan, Esteemed Executive Committee Member of BASRaT, has been made a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Dr John Morgan, Clinical Director of Bucket and Sponge Medical Services and BASRaT committee member, has been made a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. The award was made on 10th July 2017, to mark his outstanding contribution to sports and exercise medicine.

Dr Morgan, who has been practicing medicine for 19 years, is also a GP at Pennygate Medical Centre in Hindley, Wigan. Additionally, he is director of both Dr1ve Medicals (providing medical examinations for commercial drivers) and of Enrich Aesthetics.

Well known in the world of sport, Dr Morgan has acted as Physician to Lancashire Rugby Union and to Warrington and Widnes Rugby League Clubs. He is the current doctor of Orrell Rugby Union Club, Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club and of the Ireland National rugby team.

Dr Morgan said:

"It is an honour and privilege both to receive this accolade and to support and care for all of my patients within sports medicine and general practice. The work we have done in raising awareness that increased levels of physical activity can both prevent and treat disease has enhanced the lives of many people."

Dr Morgan joins a list of Fellows who represent the most respected sports and exercise experts in the country. He offered his congratulations to all other new Faculty Fellows and said: "During my career in medicine I have lived by the maxim that learning is lifelong and I have continued to learn and develop new skills, that has helped spur my interest in medicine and make me the person I am today."

Benefits of swimming for health, wellbeing and in rehabilitation

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Swim England's study of over 80,000 people showed that swimmers had a 28% lower risk of early death and a 41% lower risk of death due to heart disease and stroke.

The independent report demonstrated the health benefits of swimming. Swimming is great for physical and mental health from as young as 3 months to 65+ years.


  • Improves heart health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improvea lung capacity
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Increases bone strength

A literature review demonstrates the individual physical health benefits on the cardiovascular, cardio metabolic, neurological and pulmonary systems, MSK health and benefits to specific populations such as disability, elderly and women. A systematic review demonstrates the effects of swimming on wellbeing and further systematic and literature reviews demonstrate the physiological effect, benefits to communities, public health benefits and swimming as a sport. This report containing a vast amount of up-to-date literature, evidence based research and information. There are huge benefits in incorporating swimming into rehabilitation such as individual therapy sessions, recovery, hydrotherapy or training sessions.

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Warrior Challenge 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A small team led by triple amputee, Andy Reid are taking on a major physical challenge. Andy and Glenn Hughes, a former comrade, will cycle 500 miles from Lytham to Devizes and kayak 100 miles from Devizes to Westminster as they visit the graves of 6 soldiers killed on March 6th 2012.

Sport Rehabilitator Charlotte Bell is working with the Challenge. Charlotte states "I've got the fantastic opportunity of working with these amazing veterans on the warrior challenge, please take a look and any donations would be greatly appreciated.”

From 16 – 29 June 2017, the Warrior Challenge will cover 525 miles in 14 days through running, cycling and kayaking

The Warrior Challenge honours the memory of 6 men who lost their lives on the 6th March 2012 while serving in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan. All 6 died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion. 5 of the men were from Andy’s regiment, 3rd Battalion 'The Yorkshire Regiment' with the final soldier being from 1st Battalion 'The Duke of Lancaster's.'

Andy and Glen are both veterans of the Afghan War, each with life changing injuries, some visible, others not so.

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