Sports Injuries

Silver Leys Polo Club

Over the summer season, the team at Mike Varney Physiotherapy have been offering their services to Silver Leys Polo Club situated just outside Bishop’s Stortford. The Club has been around since 1894 and is believed to be the oldest Polo Club in England.

Players travel from all around the country and even from abroad to play at Silver Leys, however the club is also supported by a wide range of spectators making the Polo events a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. ...

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How to manage an acute injury with the PRICE guidelines

The PRICE guidelines are commonly used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries usually for the first week or so, especially when the injured area is painful and swollen. PRICE is a mnemonic for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The following is a brief overview of the current recommendations of the guidelines:

 

Protection

Following the initial injury, it is important to protect the injury to prevent further damage from occurring and to reduce pain levels. This is usually in the form ...

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Clinical Massage

What is Clinical Massage?

Clinical Massage is a method of massage therapy that combines and applies a range of techniques to achieve a specific outcome, whether that be a reduction in pain, increased range of movement, improved posture or relaxation. This type of massage is tailored to you.

 

How does clinical massage differ from sports massage?

Many of the techniques used in clinical massage are the same as those used in sports massage, but they are applied to a less active patient. ...

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Stretching? Is it important?

It is common for runners to concentrate training on endurance and strength whilst training, without the realisation of the importance of stretching muscles pre and post exercise. However, flexibility within muscles can have many positive effects including:

  • Muscles being less prone to injury
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Increase in gains of strength/endurance
  • Increase in range of movement

Stretching should always be done pre exercise after a 10 minute warm up, for example jogging. It is important that muscles are never stretched ‘cold,’ as this is ...

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Running Biomechanics

Running shoes have a limited life. A pair of top end running shoes such as asics will only last for 400-500miles. This will however, vary depending primarily on your running surface for example; track, road, treadmill or trail path. Mileage lifespan of trainers refers to the foam that runs through the middle and sole of the shoe, this unfortunately is the quickest wearing part of the shoe as it takes all the impact from the ground and your body ...

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Preventing Knee Injuries During the Ski Season

The knee joint and its associated structures including ligaments, cartilage and bony formation, account for up to approximately 30-40% of all skiing/snowboarding injuries. Therefore it is important to strengthen and maintain the knee joint and it’s surrounding tissues. In this review it will explain the importance of preventing injuries around this area, during this very popular sporting season

Firstly it is important to gain and maintain strength in the muscles that surround the knee joint. These muscles include the quadriceps, hamstrings, ...

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Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous band of connective tissue that rises from the heel bone and attaches into the calf muscles. It is the thickest tendon in the body and due to its high weight-bearing nature is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to inflammation and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy. If you suffer from Achilles tendinopathy (previously known as tendonitis), the tendon may ...

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Rotator Cuff Tendonopathies

The rotator cuff refers to a group of four muscles which run from the shoulder blade to the top of the arm bone. These muscles attach to the arm via tendons; strong connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. Rotator cuff tendonopathies, or impingement, occur when there is inflammation, degeneration or swelling in one or more of these tendons in the shoulder. This is normally due to overuse, especially in people that play a lot of racquet sports or ...

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Meniscal Tears of the Knee Joint

The meniscus, also known as the cartilage of the knee, is a strong fibrous crescent-shaped structure that is sandwiched between the femur, the thigh bone, and the tibia, the shin bone. As you can see in the picture below, there are two sections: the medial meniscus on the inside of the knee, and the lateral meniscus, on the outside of the knee. Their main function is to provide a level of shock absorption in the lower limbs and to ...

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