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 importance of muscular strength in any form of cycling is often overlooked, and the general consensus of the MTB community is that riding regularly is enough to improve every aspect of your riding ability, unfortunately like almost every-other sport, this isn't quite the case. Don't get me wrong, riding your bike regularly is super important and it is of course the fundamental aspect for developing your riding skills, technique and coordination; it's just that there are a
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
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
What are the benefits of Sports Massage?
It's one of the most talked-about recovery tools in modern-day sports science, yet most people couldn't name more than three benefits for having it! People are told all sorts of myths from 'it releases toxins', 'it flushes out lactic acid' and the list goes on. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of the true benefits of sports massage.
1). It relieves muscle tension Often used in the early to mid