Lateral ankle sprains are among the most common injuries that individuals experience during athletic or recreational activities. A sprain refers to a ligament which has been overstretched. The anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) is reported to be the weakest and the first ligament injured with an ankle sprain, followed by injury to the calcaneofibular ligament and … Continue reading Ankle Sprains – Phoenix’s Story!
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located behind the knee cap and is one of the four key knee stabilisers. It connects the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone). The main role of the ACL is to ensure the tibia twists relatively to the femur, stopping any abnormal movements such has knee valgus … Continue reading You’ve heard if it, but what is an ACL Injury?
What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons which surround the shoulder joint. They work together to keep the shoulder stable meaning the ball (humerus head) stays in its proper position in the socket (glenoid cavity). The supraspinatus is responsible for abducting the arm, the infraspinatus … Continue reading Rotator Cuff Injuries
Plantar fasciitis is literally translated as inflammation of the plantar fascia and is the most common cause of heel pain with 11-15% of the population suffering each year. The plantar fascia is the flat ligament on the sole of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. If this ligament is strained it can … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Heel Pain!
Low back pain is a major health problem among Western industrialised countries and a major cause of medical expenses, absenteeism, and disablement. People with acute low back pain usually experience improvements in pain and return to work within 1 month and further but smaller improvements occur up to 3 months after. Following 3 months, pain … Continue reading The most effective treatment of Lower Back Pain
Injuries happen, fact. It is estimated that 29.7 million sports injuries alone occur annually in England and Wales. Commonly, the first things that springs to people’s mind when an injury occurs are “how badly am I injured” and “when will I be fit to play again”. The first thought is always concerning their physical state … Continue reading Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation
Part 3 of our blog series on training cycles, written by our resident Personal Trainer – Paul McBride. The transition periods This is the period when the level of performance drops off and where the player must be able to recover physically and mentally from the exertions of playing. The period usually lasts between 4 … Continue reading Training Cycles – Part 3 – Transition Periods and Competition
Continuing on from last week, Paul McBride comments on the preparation and competition phases of an athletes training cycle. The preparation period This is the key period for getting the players and team in the right physical condition. this phase should last between 4 and 10 weeks (depending on the level of the players and … Continue reading Training Cycles – Part 2 – Preparation and Competition
Co-owner Jamie George will be hosting a Q+A session at the practice on Wednesday 15th August from 7pm. Jamie will be discussing the recent South Africa tour, his pre-season at Saracens and the season ahead. He will also give insights on what recovery and injury management strategies he uses to ensure he remains in peak … Continue reading An Evening with Jamie George
Continuing on from our recent post about optimizing performance, this 3-part piece focuses on the role of training cycles in elite performance, from the viewpoint of our Personal Trainer and Rehab expert Paul McBride – himself a former football professional. Training cycles The development of a football player and the preparation of a … Continue reading Optimizing Performance: Training cycles – Part 1