Personal training – should you, or shouldn’t you?

When you exercise, it is not just how much you do or how hard you work which is important, but how you perform an exercise.  To put it more succinctly, exercise quality is as important (and sometimes more important) than exercise quantity.  Any exercise is designed to...

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Shoulder Impingement

About 30% of all types of shoulder pain is due to impingement and unfortunately of this group, over half of patients report symptoms continuing after 3 years.  Getting the right diagnosis and management of this condition is therefore important.  The condition can be...

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Shockwave Therapy

History Shockwave therapy was used over 30 years ago, originally as an alternative to surgery for treating kidney stones and gallstones (lithotripsy).  The shockwave breaks up the stone, so the calcium deposits are passed out in the urine.  The effect of breaking up...

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Sports massage therapy – saint or sinner?

Massage is a very old technique and one which often occurs naturally to both humans and animals. When a child cries because they knocked their knee, we sometimes ‘rub it better’ and when a dog hurts his paw he often licks himself. Each of these actions can be seen as...

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Hamstring injuries (Part 2)

We have seen (part 1) that the structure and function of the hamstrings is used to guide the rehabilitation process.  To be truly effective, Hamstring rehabilitation must be multifactorial, and a number of factors are important.  Let’s begin by looking at changes in...

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Hamstring injuries (part 1)

Injury rate Hamstring injury is common in sport, and these injuries frequently recur.  Up to 12% of sports injuries may be to the hamstrings (Ekstrand et al 2011), and it is the  most common muscle injury in male footballers (Schuermans et al 2014).  Recurrence rates...

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Yoga Bandhas – what are they and how do we use them

Yoga is becoming more and more popular nowadays, with classes available in most gyms and sports centres.  Styles vary, from traditional types focusing on postures, breathing, and meditation to more fitness based types designed to make you break out in a sweat.  Many...

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Shin splints

The term ‘shin splints’ is often used as a blanket description of any persistent pain occurring between the knee and ankle in an athlete. The condition has a number of names including Exercise Induced Leg Pain (EILP), Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS),...

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Kneecap pain

Pain around the kneecap, officially termed patellofemoral pain (PFP) accounts for up to 17% of knee pain seen generally, and up to 40% of knee problems seen in the sporting population (Crossley et al 2016), with up to 7% of adolescents between the ages of 15-19 years...

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