Running is one of the most accessible sports we can take part in, simply slip on a pair of trainers, put one foot in front of the other and repeat! You probably know someone that has ran a marathon and you probably know a runner that has been injured. Maybe that someone is you? You're not alone, most of the population of runners experience 'overuse' injuries during training for a marathon. Afterall, 26.2 miles is a long way to run, and although it is achievable with a progres
The Glutes. Everyones got a set, but not everyone uses them... well not properly anyway.
We are a generation of people that trains the glutes for aesthetic purposes, but the key functions are often forgotten. The glutes are the biggest group of muscles in the body and (should be) the most powerful set of muscles too. The role as a group, is to stabilise the hips during walking, running and jumping as well as to generate hip extension, abduction and even internal/ external ro
A big risk associated with any action sport is injury. Usually sustained from impact as opposed to overuse and often involving other people, objects, or the floor in most cases! Should we just accept that this is part of the sport, or should we try and fight it? Well if you want to continue in your chosen sport, then you should consider that the definition of strength is: 'the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure'; Although you can't 100% pr
From a back pain perspective, a strong & stable core can leave you less susceptible to injuries caused by awkward movements such as rotation and flexion (usually caused when in the presence of weak spinal stabilisers).
The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with a small amount of movement per vertebrae that when combined allow greater movement in forward flexion, side flexion, extension and rotation. Strengthening the deeper spinal support muscles such as multifidus, tr
Last weekend, I headed over to the local BMX club at Hayes Hawks to check out the local racing scene. It's fair to say there's a real energetic vibe about the BMX community right now, and lots of talent emerging through the age-groups. Upon watching the racing, it dawned on me how much of a physical sport BMX is, with races lasting between 30 seconds to 1 minute in duration there's a huge demand on the anaerobic glycolysis system (the energy system our body's use when at spri
A friend and I headed down to an enduro practice day this weekend in the military woodlands of Broxshead. Enduro riding is a totally different style of riding to motocross in terms of speed, but what the enduro tracks lack in average speed and jumps, they gain in technical, tight twisty turns that force you to ride on the pegs, ride in the right gear, and stay 100% focused the whole time. The average lap time of the track layout was between 12-16 minutes. Within the lap were