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Gymnastics is a sport that requires both power and poise. Not only can the moves involved be extremely complex, but they often require the gymnast to use the majority of their body parts at once, and can place joints in particular under extreme strain. While injuries are common in any sport, they are exceedingly common in gymnastics, so in this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most common gymnastic injuries.
There are lots of great reasons to take part in a triathlon. For some, it’s an interesting new challenge, for others, it’s a great form of cross-training to overcome injuries, and some people just feel that they’re good enough at running, swimming, and cycling to give all three a go at once. Whatever your reasons for entering may be, here are our tips on getting ready for a triathlon.
After the summer we’ve had this year, running from shade to shade is about as much exercise as some of us have gotten. Whatever your sport of choice may be, it’s okay, even advisable, to take a break for a few weeks. But with September drawing ever closer, people all across the country are beginning to prepare themselves for the next season. If you have been spending your days at the beach and your evenings at barbecues, then it shouldn’t be a huge surprise if you have a little extra work to do. But if you start early, you can get back into shape, improve your game, and minimise your risk of injury.
Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. As both the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve are located at least in part in the buttocks, the first symptoms of the condition are tingling or numbness in that area. As the condition progresses, this can turn into a pain that radiates about halfway down the leg, and possibly slightly up into the back as well. Because of the pain associated with piriformis syndrome, sufferers can find that they have a reduced range of motion in the hip.
Glauber Barduzzi, one of our Chartered Physiotherapists, spent some time in Riga, Latvia this month with the Northern Ireland women's soccer team as part of the UEFA Women's Football Development Programme.
Anyone who has been practicing pilates for a while will be familiar with the vast physical and mental benefits it can have, but those who are just considering taking it up may not realise how beneficial it can be. Whether it’s keeping us limber or helping our brains stay young, there are a lot of reasons to seriously consider taking up pilates. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most positive effects it can have.
For many people, the only reason to give the glutes a workout is for the aesthetic benefit. But as great as it would be if we could all look like Kim Kardashian, there are actually many health benefits to keeping your glutes in shape. They are the largest muscle group in the body, consisting of the Gluteus Minimus, Gluteus Medius, and the well-known Gluteus Maximus. These muscles play a vital role in how we walk, run, stand, sit… basically they are always doing something important. For this reason, having healthy glutes is important in maintaining good health in other areas of your body, the most important of which we will look at below.
Osteoporosis, which literally means “porous bone”, is a condition where the body loses more bone than it makes. The result is that instead of having strong, dense bones, they can become brittle and weak, making them very susceptible to fractures and breaks.
The history of massage therapy can be traced back thousands of years, with the earliest written records discovered to date being “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine”, which was written around the year 2700 BC. The Ancient Egyptians were using massage as a form of medicine as far back as 2500 BC, while India has written records of massage dating back to 1500 BC. The practice of massage was first introduced to the Western world in the early 19th Century by Dr. Per Henril Ling, before being improved upon by Johan Georg Mezger. The result was what we now call the Swedish massage, and it is the most popular massage in the west.
Muscle knots are areas where tense muscle fibres stick to each other, eventually beginning to tear and form scar tissue. Also known as myofascial trigger points, muscle knots can be either active, where they cause pain without any pressure, or latent, where they only hurt when pressure is applied to them.
If you’re just starting out in tennis, you may not realise the importance of grip size. A lot of research has been carried out in this area over the years, and what we have found is that different grip sizes make people susceptible to different injuries. In this blog, we’re going to look at the effects grip size can have on performance and injury, and how to choose the right size for you.
Football is one of the most popular games in Ireland and across the world. Thankfully this means that there has been a lot of research into the kinds of injuries incurred by players most often. These can be classified into one of two major categories: overuse, or acute. An overuse injury occurs when repeating the same movement gradually wears down our cartilage, tendons, or muscles, while an acute injury occurs suddenly, like a sprain. Below, we have listed some of the most common football injuries, and how they will affect the player.
Most of us are at our most susceptible to injury in the earliest and latest years of our lives. When we are young, we endure all sorts of bashes and tumbles as we rush to frantically explore the world around us, but we seem to be able to bounce right back up and shake them off. When we are older, we have less energy, and our reaction times are slower, which makes us more likely to fall or get hit by something.
Making the decision to start exercising is great, but if it is your first time hitting the gym, or you have been out of practice for some time, you need to remember that it’s not just a matter of putting on the gear and going. The importance of warming up and cooling down cannot be underestimated, as you can easily injure yourself if you become overzealous. While most people, regardless of athletic ability, are familiar with the idea of warming up, not everyone is used to hearing about cooling down. In this blog, we will look at how to do both.
If you have a big exam coming up or an assignment to turn in, the last thing you want is any sort of distraction. As annoying as incoming texts or little sisters may be, one distraction you cannot escape from at any moment is physical pain. If you are feeling sore, it is hard to get comfortable, concentrate, and do the work you need. But could the work you’re doing be the cause of your pain? If you are experiencing back pain, then the answer could be yes. Below, we break down the link between back pain and studying, and offer tips on how to avoid this problem.
Often referenced in both scientific studies and pop culture, a placebo is a substance with no active effect. In simple terms, it does nothing. They are often just sugar pills given to a participant who is told they are something else, such as a painkiller. The reason this is done is because of something called “The Placebo Effect”. In this blog, we will look at what the placebo effect really is, and the scientific basis behind it.
Ever since we were children, we’ve all been told to sit up straight, and yet many of us choose to ignore this advice. We know that it’s good for our backs, but sometimes it’s just easier to slouch or slump, and our backs feel just fine, so what’s the problem? In this blog, we’re going to look at other ways sitting up straight can affect your body, and why you should make an effort to do so.