NAF Physio Podcast

Hosted by Adam Meakins (aka The Sports Physio), Not Another F**king (NAF) Physio Podcast promises to be unlike any other! Talking about things that matter, but don't really matter. It will be amateurish, inconsistent, with poor sound quality and even poorer interviews… Be prepared for critical critique, dubious debate, quirky questions and lots of bad language!
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Dec 5, 2017

In this podcast Adam and Erik discuss what the future may hold for our profession and if physios can be trusted with truly autonomous first contact practice. Could physios really become the gate keepers for all musculoskeletal conditions or will they continue to be distracted by the constant stupid ideas around how we should assess and treat, and be cast aside onto the fringes of healthcare with the other quacks... and is Adam really Batman?

Music by Kevin MacLeod -
Intro - Also sprach Zarathustra
Close - Vivacity

Oct 28, 2017

In this episode Erik gets confused but we eventually discuss the placebo effect and how it effects everything we do with patients. But the question is do we need to be focusing on it so much and using our time and resources to investigate it?

We then discuss the contentious issue of experience. Do you as a clinician need to have had personal experience of the things you ask your patients to do to be effective and credible?

As always hold tight… this could get a little bumpy!

Music by Kevin MacLeod -
Intro - Also sprach Zarathustra
Close - Vivacity

Sep 22, 2017

In this show Adam and Erik get their science geek on discussing Doppler effects. Then get to talking about what is and isn’t important for a new graduate to focus on and how to induct them into the world of physiotherapy.

Music by Kevin MacLeod -
Intro - Also sprach Zarathustra
Close - Vivacity

Aug 27, 2017

In this episode Adam and Erik discuss why some find it hard to separate their feelings and emotions from things such as manual therapy and exercise, and also about injury prevention programs and what role internal moments have.

Erik also tries his hardest to put Adam off by wearing some interesting swim wear!!!

Music by Kevin MacLeod -
Intro - Also sprach Zarathustra
Close - Vivacity

Jul 23, 2017

We’re alive!!! The NAF is back and we are rocking a new, revamped, sexy format. Be prepared for some surprise announcements, a new co-host, and as usual some controversy and bad language.

In this episode we talk about the different types of isometric muscle contractions and their differences and roles in rehab from Schaefer and Bittmann, BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation (2017) 9:11 DOI 10.1186/s13102-017-0075-z

Come join us… it’s good to be back!

Music by Kevin MacLeod -
Intro - Also sprach Zarathustra
Close - Vivacity

Dec 11, 2016

The PT Podcast Network crew are here to spread some holiday cheer with the annual PT Podcast Network Extravaganza! They talk Jedis, rectums, Festivus, and horrible jet lag - all the holiday standards. Some say it's unlistenable...but you get to judge for yourself!

Music for The PT Podcast Holiday Extravaganza:
Kevin MacLeod -


Apr 17, 2016

In this episode Adam talks with the hosts of the Physio Natters podcast Jack March and Rob Tyre about their recent podcast on adjuncts in physiotherapy.

Adam gets on his high horse and holds Jack and Rob to account for some of their thoughts and opinions on adjuncts and has a good old rant about them. Watch out for some strong opinions, accents and of course language.

Also if you are emotionally or financially attached to your acupuncture needles, coloured tape, massage cream or quartz crystals you may wish to move along quietly; you will find only anger here.

Mar 13, 2016

In this our first anniversary episode of the NAF we talk with Chris and Filip around the notorious, infamous and debatable subject of Scapula Dyskinesia. Is it cause or effect, is it defense or defect, do we need to consider it or disregard it?

We get to hear Chris and Filip's thoughts about if we can and should assess scapulae for dyskinesia and if specific or general shoulder exercises matter. We also learn that Filip is a master with metaphors.

Feb 14, 2016

In this month's podcast Adam talks with Dr Tim Gabbett about injury prevention in sports. He discusses Dr Gabbett’s recent paper in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on the Acute to Chronic ratio for load as a guide to reduce the risk of preventable injury.

Adam and Tim discuss the role and importance of monitoring load and how best this can be achieved in both professional, amateur, and individual sports.

Dr Gabbett’s recent paper can be found as free access here:
The training—injury prevention paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder?
Gabbett TJ.
Br J Sports Med. 2016 Jan 12. pii: bjsports-2015-095788. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095788. [Epub ahead of print]

Jan 10, 2016

Happy New Year. We start 2016 on the NAF with a bang, talking with the well-known physio/chiro/researcher/sceptic Greg Lehman.

In this episode we finally find out which side of the physio/chiropractic fence Greg sits on, and who he thinks would win a fight between a physio and a chiro. We also find out that he can’t hold his beer and that he has some unusual bedroom companions… Canadians eh!!!

We do talk about some sensible stuff eventually such as the role of posture and pain, stretching effects on tendon and muscle tissue, and how education and biomechanics fit in with pain science. Enjoy!

Dec 14, 2015

It's that time of year again and the PT Podcast Network crew are in the holiday spirit! The gang got together, as best they can scattered across the world, to share a little eggnog and make fun of each other. So pour yourself a drink, sit by the fire (or pool in the Southern Hemisphere), and enjoy a little holiday cheer.

Nov 22, 2015

In this episode Adam talks with Steve Tolan, Head of Practice of the UK professional body for physiotherapists the CSP. He asks Steve what the CSP does for its members, as well as discussing the issues physios are facing in the ever cash-strapped NHS. We also talk about the role of evidence based practice and the need for physios to demonstrate and prove their worth and value.

Oct 25, 2015

In this month’s episode Adam talks with shoulder specialist Anju Jaggi about shoulder instability, in particular the complex multi-directional non traumatic unstable shoulder.

Anju shares her years of clinical experience in how to assess and manage unstable shoulders with some invaluable tips and clinical gems.

We also talk about the role of the structure and other psychosocial factors in the unstable shoulder and finally discuss the exciting placebo trial currently underway looking at the role of stabilisation surgery in non-traumatic unstable shoulder.

Also keep listening right until the end of the podcast to find a little surprise offer you may be interested in...

Sep 27, 2015

After a month away Adam comes back with a bang! In this episode he talks with the well-known and respected Dr Mick Thacker about pain, the brain, and the person. Mick has recently been involved in some rather heated debates on these subjects and has been misinterpreted and misquoted in his discussions. In this episode Mick voices his concerns and warns us against becoming too brain bound when explaining and managing those in pain.

In this episode Adam also questions Mick about his thoughts and feelings on social media, peer review, and the thorny subject of the academic-clinical divide and the issues it creates.

Aug 16, 2015

In this episode Adam talks about pelvic health issues with Sandy Hilton and Sarah Haag, two specialists from Chicago, IL in the US of A. We discuss pelvic pain and incontinence, as well as discussing why there are no male pelvic health physios. Sarah and Sandy also discuss how to overcome the embarrassment of discussing personal and intimate things with patients, and Adam tries his hardest to offend everyone with coming up with as many different terms for male and female genitalia.

Jul 19, 2015

In this episode Adam talks to Peter Gettings (aka "The Librarian"), an MSK physio and sonographer, about ultrasound. Not the "Is it even plugged in, rub it on my skin, and make it feel better" type of ultrasound, rather the "Rub it on my skin and look inside me, and then make me feel better" type of ultrasound. They also talk about issues with peer review and access to research for some, and of course the dinosaurs get mentioned… again!

The Ultrasound Website mentioned is

Jun 21, 2015

In this episode Adam talks to Dr Neil Langridge, a consultant physiotherapist and ex vice chair of the MACP, about the role of special interest groups within physiotherapy as mentioned in his recent blog here:

They also discuss the role of manual therapy, its mechanisms, and effects. However, at the start of this episode Adam starts by responding to some recent accusations of being disrespectful for comments he made calling for the removal of some outdated yet influential figures from our profession. He goes on to challenge those who appeal to authority and attack differences of opinion en masse to stand up and be counted one to one. Watch out, this podcast gets a bit feisty.

May 24, 2015

In the second episode of The NAF Physio Podcast, Adam talks with Tom Goom aka The Running Physio about babies, blogs, twitter and superman, and of course about running, and runners injuries, from the common calf strain to anterior knee pain, we talk about the role of isolated and functional exercises for runners, as well as the controversial topic of running gait mechanics: Should we try to address them and how?

Apr 26, 2015

In this very first episode of The NAF Physio Podcast, Adam tries to pick up some tips and tricks from Jack Chew of The Physio Matters Podcast about what makes a good and bad podcast and discusses what a podcast should and should not be used for by therapists.