Over Training Syndrome

Over Training Syndrome

To be effective, training has to be progressive.  This means that your body will change (adapt) to the stresses that an exercise places on it (overload).  Take as an example an arm curl action in the gym.  If you lifted 5kg, that is probably less than...
Sports Injuries Self Treatment

Sports Injuries Self Treatment

We all know the situation.  Training is going well, and suddenly you trip over a tree root when out running and twist your ankle, or pull something in the gym.  The action you take next is important, because it can dictate how long you are away from...
Kneecap pain

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...
Shin splints

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),...
Hamstring injuries (part 2)

Hamstring injuries (part 2)

We have seen (part 1: Hamstring injuries) 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...
Hamstring injuries (part 2)

Hamstring injuries (part 1)

Hamstring 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...