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Are Your Bum(Gluts) Muscles Important In Cycling?

 

This is a must read for all you avid cyclists!

Having previously talked about the importance of the gluteal (bum) muscles. Now I’m going to look at this from the aspect of cycling, during the initial phase of cycling (12-4 o’clock) the glutes were an important muscle group for generating power, and by improving one’s ability to deliberately activate these muscles and improve their strength/power, one could reduce quadriceps (thigh) fatigue and improve cycling power output and performance.  Frustratingly having looked extensively over the past week for some body of QUALITY research that would back up these ideas, I have found it a fruitless task.

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EoinAre Your Bum(Gluts) Muscles Important In Cycling?
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Tendinopathy in Sports

Tendinopathies are a common source of pain in athletes. However for coaches and patients it can be difficult to understand and acknowledge in training and competitions. They develop over the course of preseason where the intensity of the training is increased. Stereo-typically athletes experience an aching tendon or region at the start of a session, ease off once the tissue is warmed up and then a dull ache the next day for 24hours, slightly more than normally. If the ache in question is worse for greater than 48hours, the sporting activity is likely too much for the tissue at that time and a rehab plan should be started.

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Tennis Elbow – The Most up to date Research

Tennis elbow – What a pain in the…..elbow!

More recently I have seen an increase in the number of patients coming through our door with pain on the outside of their elbow.

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With increased demands at work ( keyboard, mouse or repetitive use of tools) , Sport ( repetitive sports like Tennis, Squash or Golf) and increased use of our mobile phones there can be an overuse repetitive strain on the extensor muscles of the forearm. The extensor muscles of the forearm are attached to the outside ‘lateral’ aspect of the elbow. Previously it has been called an inflammatory condition but with new recent evidence its actually more a tendinopathy and the inflammatory part is only present in the early stages. With tendinopathies there is different changes to the tissue and can mean different ways on how we manage the tendon compared to previous strategies.

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EoinTennis Elbow – The Most up to date Research
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All you need to know about Groin Injuries

Groin and hip pathologies have been recently grown popular in the media. It has been viewed as a complex area, sometimes referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of injuries. in sports medicine. With increased research in the area, this has lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

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Groin injuries have been regular occurrence in games such as soccer, gaelic football and hurling for years.  The stress placed on the muscles around the inner thigh once playing sports that involve a lot of cutting and changing of direction, can lead to strained muscles if there any weaknesses.  The muscles in question need to flexible, strong and reactive to the demands of each sport. Groin injuries have hampered the careers of high profile athletes such as Jonny Wilkinson (rugby) and Michael Owen (soccer).

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EoinAll you need to know about Groin Injuries
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Ankle Sprains

Managing Lateral Ankle Sprains.

 A high majority of people will report a traumatic injury of the ankle at some point in their lifetime, most of which are a result of sport. 75% of injuries at the ankle occur on the lateral (outside) aspect and so, this article will focus on the management of these particular injuries. In the Netherlands, approximately 520,000 people annually report a traumatic injury of the ankle of which 200,000 are a result of sport. Only half of the injuries receive medical attention and 40% develop chronic ankle instability (CAI). Of the people who play sport, 60-90% resume the same level of sporting performance 12 weeks after the injury.

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Top Tips For Beginner Runners.

 

With the ringing in of a new year comes the commitment to resolutions which usually involve health. Gyms are exceptionally busier in January with the majority of us vowing to get fit this year. Running is a common starting place for most as it is free and requires little to no equipment. However, novice runners have a high injury risk and usually end up in a Physio clinic or quitting! So here is a list of tips to reduce the risk of injury and prolong your new running career.

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EoinTop Tips For Beginner Runners.
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Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring Injuries.

The hamstring muscles are located on the back of the thigh. They start at the bottom of the pelvis at a place called the ischial tuberosity and continue down the leg, attaching just below the knee. The hamstring muscle unit is made up of three muscles – Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus and Biceps femurs, the latter being the most frequently injured. These muscles contract to extend the leg backwards and bend the knee.

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Pain in the Back?? Don’t Fret!

Most of us will suffer with the dreaded ‘back pain’ at some stage in our lives but DON’T FRET,  it is one of the most common problems that we treat in our clinic. Have a look below to see the ins and outs of back pain. 

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EoinPain in the Back?? Don’t Fret!
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Whiplash

Ouch my neck hurts….. Whiplash injuries results when the neck is suddenly ‘snapped’ in a whipping motion, such as during a road traffic accident.

This is a pretty common site on our roads these days with the annual incidence of whiplash associated disorders in Western countries estimated to be at least 300 per 100,000 inhabitants

How do you know you have whiplash?

The common symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Pain in the back and between the shoulder blades
  • Pain in the arms and upper torso
  • Loss of movement in the upper body
  • Headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Nausea
  • Numbness and tingling/pins and needles sensation
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Pain in the jaw and around the face

What to do if you’ve got whiplash??

The recommended recovery time is typically 3-6 weeks, however every patient is different and previous studies have found as much as 50% of the affected individuals can be symptomatic and be experiencing pain one year after the injury.

If left untreated, it will only become more uncomfortable and then could result in more serious problems.

It is therefore crucial that whiplash victims seek immediate medical attention and treatment from a chartered physiotherapist in an effort to prevent long term chronic pain and problems.

What can a Chartered Physiotherapist do for you??

Initially the best treatment is to wear a soft collar until the inflammation settles.

A chartered Physiotherapist can then use such treatment techniques as

  • Mobilisations-technique used to release stiff joints
  • Traction- will allow for a prolonged stretch of the neck
  • Massage- technique used to release tight muscles
  • Dry needling- using a needle to release the specific area of muscle tension
  • Exercises- prescribe a series of stretches to improve the movement in the neck

Exercise is vital after whiplash injury, but the wrong movements can be detrimental

The DO’s and DON’Ts to keep in mind and follow when exercising your neck after whiplash injury;

  • Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too far.
  • Take it slowly and set yourself daily and weekly goals.
  • Some days will be better than others so don’t get too frustrated if some days some exercises are harder.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or exercises that will put strain on your back, neck or head.
  • Avoid contact sports.
  • Avoid sit-ups and other neck straining activities.
  • If you are sitting for a prolonged amount of time, for example if you sit at a desk or computer, make time for frequent breaks and stretch your legs and upper body.
  • Avoid jerky and sudden movements.
  • When doing any exercise, try to breath slowly and deeply, exhaling as you stretch your muscles and inhaling as you relax.
  • Remember, whatever exercise you are doing, if you feel increased pain, your body is telling you to stop

If you have any further questions about whiplash don’t hesitate to contact us or book online to see one of our physiotherapists.

References

Brukner and Khan, Clinical Sports Medicine. www.injuriesboard.ie

Prognosis of patients with whiplash-associated disorders consulting physiotherapy:
development of a predictive model for recovery. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012
Dec 29;13(1):264.

Managing Injuries of the Neck Trial: a randomised controlled trial of treatments for
whiplash injuries. Health Technol Assess. 2012 Dec;16(49):1-141.

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