More Regent’s Park Running! Plus 6 x 400m

So my previous posts have included running around Regent’s park. One thing I haven’t mentioned though is that it’s a perfect 5 km loop. Brilliant if you are training for an event, gives you a nice whole number to work with. It has to be a favourite run of mine, mainly because it’s all about health and activity in London. …

The Black Mountains

When the weather is good, the UK has so much to offer. I spent the weekend in the Black mountains Wales in a tiny village called Cwmdu, the campsite was surrounded by the hills and farms but had enough shading patches to set up the tent to avoid that early morning sun, which causes sweaty tent at 7am in the …

Cook and Purdam

Cook and Purdum have the most widely appreciated theory of tendinopathy pathology, their model is based on a 3 stage continuum, a reactive, disrepair and degenerative stage. The reactive phase is a non-inflammatory proliferative response, which  generally follows a period of single incidence of overload/un-accustomed activity as previously mentioned.  It is essentially the tendon trying to protect itself by thickening, …

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 …

The Development of Muscular Strength Following Knee Injury

Following serious injury to the knee, such as MCL or ACL rupture, the athlete will inevitably suffer muscle atrophy to the muscles surrounding the concerned knee. It is therefore vital throughout an athlete’s rehab program to work extensively on the surrounding muscles, in order to return to activity in the best possible condition, and prevent further injury. Whilst not neglecting …

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 …