All you need to know about Pilates at The Carter & George Practice

4th May 2018

You might have heard a little bit already about the wide-ranging benefits of Pilates, as the unique approach to rehabilitation and conditioning – developed by U.S-based fitness instructor Joseph Pilates in the 1920s – has become hugely popular in recent decades.   And for good reason! Practitioners say regular Pilates practise can help improve posture,…

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

14th June 2018

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…

Optimizing Performance: Training cycles – Part 1

10th July 2018

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…

An Evening with Jamie George

11th July 2018

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…

Training Cycles – Part 2 – Preparation and Competition

17th July 2018

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…

Training Cycles – Part 3 – Transition Periods and Competition

31st July 2018

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…

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

14th September 2018

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…

How physiotherapy could benefit you in 2018

4th January 2018

The benefits of physiotherapy are multiple. Whether used to treat work and sporting injuries, or cardiopulmonary and neurological conditions, physiotherapy treatment has a proven positive impact on recovery and wellbeing. Never considered physiotherapy as a treatment option before now? Maybe make it your New Years’ resolution to give it a go!   1)      It improves joint…

The most effective treatment of Lower Back Pain

20th September 2018

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…

The only shock about Shockwave Therapy is its healing capacity

16th January 2018

Shockwave Therapy is used in physiotherapy and orthopaedics to heal tendons, muscles and ligaments quickly and effectively. Its main benefits stem from the fact that it is a non-surgical method of pain relief. It is non-invasive, will not cause infection, and holds less risk than other methods of treatment – whilst achieving similar outcomes. Shockwave…