Fu’s theory of failed healing

Fu’s theory of failed healing (that’s a mouthful!), stems from the belief that there is release of pro-inflammatory mediators causing relevant metallpotonise release and hence collagoynic injuries. A  tendon that was previously damaged therefore may not have healed adequately prior to an external load being added/increased . At this point Fu believes mechanical weakness and pain are not significant and …

The Iceberg Theory

If our tendons are not loaded progressively they are likely to become pathological/diseased/unhealthy. This is known as a tendinopathy. We are likely to develop a tendionpathy,  which is described in the literature as a pain and impaired function to a tendon with associated swelling. This used to be described as a tendonitis, but there is a wealth of evidence to suggest …

Load your tendons – they like it.

Tendons are great, they connect muscle to bone and allow us to produce unbelievable force and attenuate weights of up to 8-10 times our own body weight. It’s pretty difficult to rupture a tendon but if you step on that football pitch, squash court or pogo up and down at a One Direction gig – without any recent exposure to …

The Importance of Good Landing Mechanics

  Possessing good landing mechanics is important for the majority of athletes in todays world, from MMA athletes, to Basketball players. However, due to the demands of their sport, the importance of landing effectively in long distance runners is critical. Landing with bad technique can place a great deal of stress throughout the kinetic chain and can end careers prematurely if …

Physiotherapy treatment of low back pain – 1

The aim of treatment is to re-establish normal movement at both a physiological and accessory level, while desensitising the nervous system and resolving pain. The physiotherapist must take into account the full picture of the patient’s symptoms. Critical to this is an accurate assessment. While it is not always possible to ascertain the exact cause of LBP the assessment should …

Syndesmosis Injuries

As a big rugby union fan, particularly the six nations, I was sad to see Billy Vunipola limping off mid way through the first half on Saturday, in England’s clash against Ireland. We haven’t had number 8s like him and Ben Morgan for a long time, those that actually make decent yardage when they run with the ball and strike …

Pelvic Fractures

I read recently in the Guardian with great interest that Angela Merkel had been diagnosed with a pelvic fracture. The story read along the lines that she had a fall whilst skiing and having struggled to walk around for a few days with severe bruising down her thighs realised something wasn’t right. She subsequently booked in for a specialist review …

Core Strength for Modern Day Footballers

We have all been told about the importance of having a good level of core stability, and the role it plays in maintaining a good posture and preventing conditions such as lower back pain (LBP) in our later years in life. But for footballers in particular, from Cristiano Ronaldo to non-league players, the benefits of having good core stability are …

In focus: Core strength

Hello from Technique. This month we are going to be looking at the core muscles and their role in supporting our spine, protecting us against injury and also in improving performance in sport. So what are the core muscles? Well essentially they are a group of muscles that work in tandem to support us day to day in an upright …