Sports & Soft Tissue Injuries – the book

Sports Injuries has been the textbook for which clinic director Dr Christopher Norris is best known within the therapy and exercise world.  2018 saw the release of the most recent edition of this renowned text, and in this blog, we take a look at the book, its...

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Common drugs used in soft tissue injury

Many sports and soft tissue injuries (STI) result in inflammation, with the tissue feeling hot and painful and the body part being red and swollen.  Although inflammation itself is an essential part of the healing processes of the body, sometimes the reaction can be...

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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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