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
Flexibility plays an important role in movement and is often one of the most over looked aspects of training. Many people believe that flexibility training should be completed as part of the warm-down after exercising but rarely utilize this form of training at any other time. The human body is a very adaptable machine that needs to be exercised regularly, and if a joint is not used to its full capacity regularly, it will eventually lose its ability to go through that joint r
You may have heard the term 'sports specific training' quite a lot if you're a sports person looking for a physical trainer as it's a key message in many health professionals marketing these days, but what exactly does it mean? If you're a sports person and want to improve in your sport, then the term 'sports specific' will appeal to you right? Well, like everything, it's important to do your research, as it seems to be more and more common that athletes and coaches in this d
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
So for part 2 of the body series (You can view part 1- the ankles here) we discuss the structure of the knee and proven ways to prevent injury & improve your performance. If you're an action sports athlete or specifically a motocross rider, then read on! (Previously featured in Moto magazine) The Basics Motocross is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world which impacts a lot on the body and the knees which are a crucial part of the human suspension system pro
The ankle is a very important complex, supporting your whole body weight through it with each footstep you take. Therefore it is no wonder that lateral ankle sprains are the most common injury in sport (Mitchell, et al. 2008) accounting for 10% of all reported sports injuries! As well as being a very commonly injured joint in sport, it is also a highly injured joint in the general population. Injuries to the ankle, range from fractures of individual bones, ligament sprains, b