As the saying goes, must come down. In other words, at the top of every hill you will find an effortless stretch of running, or will you?
The lay man will tell you that running down a hill is easier and less work than running up the same hill but I will tell you otherwise. Without getting too scientific and physiological, downhill running is far more work than any hill you will run up despite ...
Finding your form
What does form really tell us and how can it help us get to where we going faster and more efficiently?
When assessing an athlete’s running style, we typically look at toe-knee-hip-hand-shoulder alignment. Do not underestimate the power of the mind though as head position will determine where and what the rest of the body will be doing during a run.
Head carriage should be neutral. The ...
Whether you are a veteran athlete or a newbie on the block, you will have heard your fair share of opinions on the role of massage, ice baths and other recovery tricks of the trade. But how far do you go to optimise your recovery and is there any value to working as hard at rest as you do in performance.
Physiologically, all methods are thought to assist muscle repair and the promotion of nutrient delivery ...
Nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps during exercise can be largely attributed to gastric emptying syndrome. During periods of physical performance, the heart, lungs and muscular system demand up to 80% of the blood flow to ensure optimal oxygen delivery to working tissues. This results in limited effort being made available to the digestion of the food or fluid from the stomach.
Most of the time, anything that is consumed will be emptied from the stomach largely undigested ...
What Causes Sports Injuries?
No pain, no gain
We are all for pushing yourself in training and competition at Mike Varney Physiotherapy. However, there’s a huge difference between pushing yourself, and pushing through physical pain. Athletes who try and push past the physical pain usually end up with an injury. Muscle soreness for 24-48 ...
Mousa Dembélé is a professional midfield footballer who plays for Belgian and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. On 3rd November playing against Wolverhampton Wanders Dembélé sustained a lateral ankle sprain.
What is a lateral ankle sprain?
The outside of the ankle is comprised of three ligaments which are strong connective tissue that stabilises the ankle joint. Lateral ankle sprain is one of the most common sporting injuries and is frequently re-injured. Lateral ankle sprains commonly occur when the ankle rolls ...
Kieran Trippier is a well know talented footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and for England. Unfortunately he sustained a groin strain on 10th November playing against Crystal Palace.
What is a groin strain?
A groin strain refers to injury to one or more of the muscles in the inner thigh. This group of muscles are known as the Adductors due to their role in providing hip adduction (movement of bringing the hip back in to ...
What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is irritation and inflammation of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of thick tissue on the bottom of your foot, that
starts at your heel bone, runs along the edge of your foot, all the way to the bottom of your toes. It is there to help support the arch of your foot
and to shock absorb when you are putting weight through ...
What is Achilles Tendinopathy?
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 it is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to micro-tearing and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy.