Chronic Ankle Sprains - How a small structure creates big problems. When it comes to ankles, we tend to think differently to most other body parts. You will frequently here someone remark that they are 'forever rolling an ankle'. This is common, and for some reason it is accepted. We don't think this way at the knee; for instance, 'my knee constantly buckles and gives way' is not something you hear as frequently. There's a reason for this. We believe the knee instability is m
The term 'Functional' is thrown around lightly in the fitness world these days. It seems every week there are new techniques, new exercises and new theories. The inclusion of the term 'function' into an exercise description hints that the movement should specifically replicate or aim to improve a function or skill of the individuals daily life or sport. If there is no direct correlation to a movement, skill or function of that individuals daily life, then there should be no '
If you were to ask an aspiring professional tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, or football player whether they lifted weights to help with their on field performance, the answer would undoubtedly be; of course. Yet, for some reason running and runners, either high level or low level, have rarely associated strength training with improving their running economy. Why lift weights to help improve running, when you can run to improve running? A rhetorical question heard time and t
A basic understanding of running biomechanics is essential for managing a running athlete. In comparison to walking, running increases our speed, reducing our contact time and increasing our flight time. This results in a distinctive stance and swing phase. For stance phase, we further break things down to: - Initial contact - Midstance - Propulsion Initial contact involves the first striking of the foot on the ground, which can influence the whole kinetic chain. Typically, w