Eoin Naughton, Peak Physio’s clinical director was selected to work as a Physiotherapist at the recent 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio. Here is his story of working at the biggest sporting event in the World.read more
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.
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.read more
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in people running. With resources like couch to 5Km applications and programs, making running more appealing and accessible than ever. However, this increase has come with a cost. Before starting on one of these programs, I would highly recommend a physio consultation with a structured rehab plan specific to you and your body. These programs are generic, meant for the general population.read more
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.
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).read more
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.read more
Calf injuries are very common in running and are arguably the most frequent injury. As well as our normal running training, we walk a lot during the day and wear heels/ unsupported footwear which cause increased load in our calves. The extra load on the calf can lead to tightness or a calf tear. A calf tear can have you out of training for anything from 2-12 weeks depending on the type of tear you have.
Follow the simple tips below to prevent yourself from this injury.read more
One of the questions I get asked the most is what are the best stretches to do.
Really you consider first the reason for doing the stretching. If its to get ready for an activity such as running or playing a sport you should warm up with dynamic stretching. If you are looking to increase your flexibility, warm down or prevent injury you can opt for static stretching.read more
Hell and Back, Tough Mudder, Gaelforce West-Some of the many races that are a great way to get fit and have a lot of fun!!!
In the last few years Adventure Racing has really taken off with more and more people entering and more races being scheduled than ever before but are these races for everyone and what is the best way to prepare for them?read more
Peak Physio’s Eoin Naughton was the Irish Physiotherapist for World Youth Championships held in Sofia in April. Ireland traveled with a strong team and for the first time women were included alongside the men as the event was also a qualifier for the Youth Olympics which will take place this August in China.read more
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.read more