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Should I apply hot or cold?

The decision on whether to apply heat or cold to an injury is sometimes a confusing one, which can have quite a significant impact on the healing of the injury. Here is a quick guide to help you know if cold therapy or heat is...
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Sports taping - why bother?

Many injuries can benefit from a sports taping technique which can offer support, protection and increase the proprioception or feeling of a joint. However, a thorough knowledge of the injury is needed before taping should be...
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What is Inversion Therapy?

Inversion therapy is a type of back pain treatment which applies traction to the spine. It can help relieve pain in a wide range of back injuries and problems as well as reducing the effects of aging on the spine and having many...
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Types of Sports Tape Explained

               Zinc Oxide Tape  This is a non-stretchy, sticky tape which is usually white or sometimes tan in colour. It comes in varying widths from 1.25cm up to 10cm for taping...
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Knee Supports for Football

Here we examine one of the most regular injuries in football. Knee injuries are common in football due to the contact element of tackles, as well as the fast paced cutting and turning manoeuvres. In order to get back to playing as soon as possible and to feel more confident in the joint’s stability, many players make the decision to wear a knee support.

Knee Supports for Running

The knees are subjected to a lot of stress when running. In fact, more than 4 times our body weight with each step! In addition to this, faulty biomechanics (movement patterns) and muscle imbalances at the hip, ankle and foot...
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Rules Of Rehydration

Hydration benefits  Energy conversion Temperature regulation Fat metabolism Cardiac support Improved focus and alertness Performance enhancement - run better/longer  Rules for proper...
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Pilates for runners

There are many benefits to be gained from Pilates for exercisers and non-exercisers alike, which is why it has fast become a trend. These benefits extend beyond the immediately obvious and for the runner core stability and a deeper knowledge of your inner strength or foundation is a key benefit for any enhanced performance.

Common injuries from running

Runners put a lot of strain through their joints and body..... full stop. This is a pure fact of running. When a runner experiences an injury for the first time they can often feel that they are the first to have ever...
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Runner's Common Injury No. 1 - Runner's Plantar Fasciitis

Why do runners get plantar fasciitis so easily? Plantar fasciitis is especially prone to develop in runners as a result of extensive running or exercise. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the long flat ligament known as the Plantar...
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Runners Common Injuries - Runners Foot Pain

Your feet strike the ground with the force of your body weight some 800 times for every mile you run. This is a pure fact of running and it is therefore no wonder that once in a while your feet let you know that they are taking...
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Runner's Foot Pain - Arch and heel problems

Heel Spurs Heel spur symptoms are very similar to those a runner would experience with Plantar Fasciitis with pain at and in the front of the heel spreading into the arch. Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning...
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Runner's Foot Pain - Body of the foot problems

Metatarsal Stress Fracture Acute pain is felt both along the top of the foot and underneath which whilst worst at a particular point will mirror one of the long thin bones that run along the top of your foot and attach the...
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Runner's Foot Pain - Front of foot and toe problems

Black Toenail  Many runners suffer with blackened toenails which may also be very painful. A repeated impact and pressure from the end of your running shoe is the usual culprit. Running downhill for longer periods than...
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Runner's Foot Pain - General Foot Problems

Blisters Blisters are caused by rubbing and irritation of the skin more often than not through movement within the running shoe. Your choice of sock for running and your running shoes themselves are almost certainly to...
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Runners - Fuel for Performance

So whilst the winter months can be taken up with Cross Country events or base mileage building, we should be looking forward to lighter and warmer times ahead (hopefully!) and injecting some pace into our workouts in readiness...
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