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Achilles Tendinopathy – a common running injury

Running is an excellent way to get fit! However, sometimes when we start a new program we can feel little niggles beginning to arise. Achilles tendinopathy is a common injury among runners, especially those who are increasing their training load.

What is the achilles?

The achilles tendon is the biggest and strongest tendon in the body located in the back of the lower leg. The tendon has the capacity to resist large forces. It stems from the calf muscles (the gastrocnemius and soleus) and inserts into the heel of our foot (the calcaneus).

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

A tendinopathy is a disorder which can happen when there is disrepair and disorganisation within the tendon structure. This can happen when there is excessive load placed on the structure, for example if someone starts running and increases their mileage too quickly.

The effects of overuse, poor circulation, lack of flexibility, gender, and hormonal factors can lead to tendinopathies. The structure of the tendon is disturbed by repetitive strain, causing inflammation. This cumulative microtrauma weakens the tendon, which ultimately leads to tendinopathy, especially if recovery is not allowed.

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What Is My Rotator Cuff & Why Is It Important?

What is the rotator cuff?

The shoulder is the the most unstable joint in the body and comprises by 3 main parts the glenoid, the humerus and the scapula (shoulder blade). The shoulder joint is stabilised by several structures; ligaments, capsule and the tendons of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles, SUPRAPINATUS, INFRASPINATUS, TERES MINOR and SUBSCAPULARIS. These muscles work together to rotate the arm inwards and outwards and also work to take the arm away from the body to the side. These muscles can be injured in several ways with repetitive movements, trauma, muscular imbalance or adaptive postures.

In anatomy, the scapula (plural scapulae or scapulas)

Why is it important?

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Runners Knee Rehab

In this video we look at the early, mid and end stage rehab for Runners/Jumpers knee rehab

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Do You Suffer From Lower Back Pain?

 

What should you do if you suffer from lower back pain?

  • Get it checked out by a medical professional to make sure it’s nothing serious (physio, doctor, osteo etc.)
  • Short-term physiotherapy interventions can be very useful in the acute stage of lower back pain.
  • Exercise has the best evidence behind it for lowering pain levels at 3 and 6 months.
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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery- All You Need To Know

What to expect when you are expecting ACL surgery

You’re sprinting up the pitch, defender to your left, goal in sight. Making a split second decision to get past your marker, your foot is planted on the ground and you twist suddenly to make your break. Suddenly you hear a “pop” followed by intense pain in your knee. You crumple to the ground, unable to put weight through the leg and the team physiotherapist runs on to you. She moves your knee around, the pain is worsening and says she suspects it could be an ACL tear. So now what? What is your ACL? Why did you get this injury? And most importantly, will you ever get back on the pitch again?

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Tennis Elbow: Get the top tips on how to prevent it

By Eoin Naughton MISCP – Physiotherapist for the Irish boxing team and Irish International tennis players. Keen tennis player himself.

What is Tennis Elbow.

Tennis elbow is the common term for a condition caused by overuse of the forearm and wrist muscles which results in elbow pain, particularly to the outside of the elbow.

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Top tips on how to stay injury free whilst participating the Dublin Marathon

Peak Physio has come up with some simple important tips for taking on the Big Race!

Top tips to runners who wish to avoid injury is as follows:

  1. Avoid hypothermia !! Please remember it’s the end of October so be sure to bring lots of layers for the finishline!
  2. Avoid cramps by drinking enough water and isotonic drinks (a balance of salt and sugar).
  3. Ensure you perform an adequate dynamic warm-up prior to the start.
  4. Foam rolling can also be beneficial for enhancing performance and preventing injuries. It is a great way to warm up muscles before activity.
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