Women’s football – why so many ACL injuries?!

The women’s football world cup is currently on and so it seems like a good time to look at the fact that female footballers are up to eight times (yes eight times!) more likely to suffer an ACL injury than their male counterparts? This is a big problem – as well as being a extremely painful injury, the recovery time …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Run London – Regent’s Park Hill Sprints

Regent’s Park Hill Sprints I love this run for the view across London it provides at the top of Primrose Hill. Starting at Baker St, you run to the out circle of Regent’s park, follow this north along the outside of the park. Once you hit the chariots of fire style running track (you won’t miss it, there are always …

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 …