You’ve heard if it, but what is an ACL Injury?

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?

The most effective treatment of Lower Back 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

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

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

Training Cycles – Part 3 – Transition Periods and Competition

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

Training Cycles – Part 2 – Preparation 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

An Evening with Jamie George

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

Optimizing Performance: Training cycles – Part 1

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

Optimizing Performance: How do we make sure the best athletes in the world achieve greatness on the biggest stage?

With the World Cup in Russia starting today, we thought it would be interesting to explore just how elite athletes peak at the right time. How can a professional footballer make sure they are in the form of their lives leading into the World Cup? How can an Usain Bolt make sure he is ready … Continue reading Optimizing Performance: How do we make sure the best athletes in the world achieve greatness on the biggest stage?

It’s time to take care of your joints

Joint pain can become a major issue if left untreated, stopping you from doing the things you love by slowing down movement and causing discomfort. It’s therefore imperative that you take proper care of your joints, to ensure you can enjoy life without the pain caused by stiffness and inflammation.   Below are some suggestions … Continue reading It’s time to take care of your joints

Pop-up physiotherapy clinics in Hertford this month

Can’t wait until we open to try some of our elite physio treatments? Neither can we. That’s why we’re hosting FOUR pop-up clinics at two locations in Hertford this month, so that you can be treated at a hugely discounted rate, and see for yourself how physiotherapy could benefit you.   Members of our team … Continue reading Pop-up physiotherapy clinics in Hertford this month