7 Jan 2018

As An Athlete Should You Use Ice On The Sidelines Before Returning To Play?

I previously worked with a rugby team and it wasn’t too uncommon to have players ice problem areas, and back up between halves or different games, before going back on the field. Did it effect their performance? A systematic review was completed in 2011 and published in the Journal of Sports Medicine in 2012 which reviewed […]

5 Jan 2018

To Lunge Or Not To Lunge?

Lunges are an extremely diverse exercise as there are so many different variations of lunges that help you target different muscles. Squats and lunges both target your gluteal, quadricep and hamstring muscles but lunges have the benefit of being a single leg exercise which develop your single leg stability more. Lunges require greater stabilisation so […]

27 Dec 2017

New Year Resolutions – How To Reach Yours Without Reaching For The Ice Pack!

Many people set New Years Resolutions and hope to accomplish something new or important in the coming year. A large percentage of people have a health and fitness goal, whether this is to lose weight, improve their fitness or just be generally more active. This is a fantastic goal and congratulations on making the first […]

15 Dec 2017

Achilles Insertional Tendinopathy

A recent patient of mine presented with long standing Achillies tendinopathy. Having not done well with an eccentric loading programme, Shockwave therapy or rest with his fair share of anti-inflammatory medication, he opted for surgical review to try and settle his pain in the hope he could return to playing Soccer one day. As part […]

13 Dec 2017

How To Avoid Injury In The New Year – Part 1: The Do’s And Don’ts For The Novice Jogger

New year’s resolutions are a fun and novel way of creating a fresh start. Often there is renewed enthusiasm following the festive season and with the new year brings new beginnings and opportunity for change. One such change is to ‘get fit’, a resolution that we all have at some stage of our lives. Often […]

29 Nov 2017

How To Avoid Making Your Hip Tendinopathy Pain Worse!

As research into common hip injuries progresses, so too does our understanding of how we manage this. One of the biggest shifts in research on Gluteal Tendinopathy is how we manage the injury. What we thought was best practice in the past might not be the best thing for it now. Tendinopathy of the Gluteus […]

23 Nov 2017

Attention Trained Runners: A Quick Way To Improve Running Performance

Sprint interval training (SIT) is vast becoming an increasingly popular addition to running programmes for endurance athletes. Traditional evidence would suggest SIT and endurance training to be separate entities with very little crossover between the two training methods (i.e. sprint training does not improve endurance performance), however more recent research has challenged this previously accepted […]

30 Oct 2017

Five Top Spring Activities

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get active without feeling like it’s a chore! COASTAL WALKS – it’s that time of year where it’s not unbearably hot to go for walks at any point during the day. Coastal walks allow you to stretch your legs with a fresh coastal breeze and if you’re up to it you may even […]

27 Oct 2017

Did You Just Call Me Fat? Fat Pad Impingement

Patella fat pad impingement can be a frustrating injury for patients as it is easily aggravated and can tend to linger. As the name would suggest it involves the fat pad which lies just below and under the kneecap (patella). It can be an extremely uncomfortable injury as the fat pad is one of the most innervated […]

20 Oct 2017

The Seven Best Exercises For VMO Activation: Early Knee Rehab

Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) is one of four quadriceps muscles. Your VMO sits medially or on the inside of your thigh. Its primary function is to extend the knee. Structure: The VMO is a muscle located in the anterior (front) compartment of the thigh. The other three muscles that make up our quadriceps are the […]