Welcome to a regular feature ... the guest post. An interesting way to share information and knowledge among the online sporting community.
I've invited some of my clients to answer a few questions in the form of a Q&A post. They all have very different connections to sport and I look forward to reading and sharing their responses with you in the future. We continue today with some words of wisdom from local Referee Matt Donohue.
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Name: Matt Donohue
Your Personal Sport / Fitness role: Football Referee
How many years have you been involved with your sport and how many hours a week do you train ?
I started refereeing youth football in 2002 when I was 14. Now days, I tend to do at least 1 game per week in the National League and including recovery sessions, train
3 - 4 times per week.
What is your main drive / motivation to succeed?
Promotion to the higher levels of the game. This is achieved through your performance being measured by observers and clubs.
What is your personal method of training?
High intensity, speed, strength and recovery sessions.
Are you part of a society, group, gym or organisation for your sport?
I am a member of Stockport Referees Society and have been for some years now.
What would you say is the best / worst part of your chosen sport and why?
The best part of the sport is the adrenaline rush at 3pm every Saturday. The worst part is when you've made an error but even then we can learn from it.
What is your most pleasing memory / success story to date?
I am very proud of the 2 years I operated as an assistant on the EFL - I completed 10 championship matches. However as a referee, promotion to the National League national division is my biggest achievement to date.
If someone was interested in getting involved in your sport, how would you recommend they do that?
Start by training to become a referee. Both Manchester FA and Cheshire FA offer a multitude of courses throughout the season. Then it's a case of refereeing on local amateur leagues in your area and picking up the "bug for reffing."
Are there any tips / pieces of good advice that you have picked up whilst studying your sport?
On the field you have to remain calm at all times. This allows you to think straight and to be clear in your decision making process. You can help achieve this by being fit enough so you're not struggling physically and can remain clear and calm mentally.
How did you first hear about Chorlton Massage?
Via Facebook in September 2016
How often do you use massage as part of your training schedule?
Approx 1 per month
What beneficial effects does massage have for you and how long do the effects of the massage remain after the session?
It relaxes the body sufficiently and for me personally, releases the build up of tension in the lower back and glutes.
For what specific reasons do you use massage?
Initially to help aid recovery on a back injury but now I use it as part of training and recovery for matches.
How likely are you to recommend Chorlton Massage to a friend or sporting associate?
Very likely and have mentioned it to colleagues.
Many thanks Matt for sharing your thoughts with the Chorlton Massage community. Good luck with your future seasons and in achieving your own personal goals, excuse the pun !
If you are interested in booking a treatment massage for yourself, then prices are : -
£25 for 30 mins (perfect for small areas i.e. neck, shoulders & back, or just legs)
£35 for 45 mins ( we can do a full-body massage in this time)
£40 for 60 mins (a regular and most popular session for a full body deep-tissue through to relaxation treatment )
I am open for treatments most weekdays 10 am until 7pm, weekends 10am until 5pm. Please try, when possible, to book in advance of the time you are looking to make your appointment for. That way I will have more chance of being able to help you when you are available.
Massage shouldn't simply be considered for times of injury, think of it as a support mechanism to help maintain a healthier body and mind. This in turn allows you to better appreciate the sports you enjoy and through increased flexibility of muscles and fibres that regular massage offers, help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
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I look forward to working with you soon , thanks Craig