Two-thirds of runners complain they suffer from Achilles tendon pain. Achilles tendon injuries affect runners 10 times more frequently than non-athletes of the same age (athletics weekly). Achilles tendons are commonly affected by tendinopathy which are overuse injuries characterised by localised tendon pain with loading and dysfunction.
To reduce the risk of injury, runners should predominantly focus upon three key areas during their training: 1. Increase their running distance gradually 2. Wear appropriate footwear of which maintains optimal foot position 3. Follow a comprehensive strengthening, stretching programme in addition to running.
Heat or ice is a regular debate amongst many and one of the most frequently asked questions by clients that walk into our clinics. It is a question that needs to be answered in order for our clients to make a speedy recovery or prevent ongoing injuries. There are few rules that need to be followed to understand the “Heat or ICE” debate…
One thing is certain…if Whiplash is left untreated it will come back to haunt you! Ever suffered with Whiplash? Maybe as a result of a car accident or a blow to the head during sport or even a fall where your head jolts suddenly? Whiplash is an injury to the ligaments and tendons in the neck when it is moved forwards, backwards or sideways, or a combination of all, at quick speed.
The average person takes about 4000-6000 steps per day (NHS UK). Add to this any running you may do, as well as standing for long periods of time and it’s not surprising that a lot of people have painful feet. Most people’s feet simply ache after a long day but there is a condition that is more chronic than this - Plantar Fasciitis.
Ankle injuries are prevalent in all sports, with ankle ligament sprains and in particular lateral ligament sprains (ligaments on the outside of the foot) being the most common. These particular sprains account for around 80% of all ankle injuries.Other injuries include fractures and sprains of various tendons around the ankle. Various factors have an effect on how likely a person is to injure their ankle, such as strength, proprioception (balance), environment, equipment, ankle alignment.
Believe it or not, many injuries can be avoided if you stick to some basic principles. We can’t guarantee that if you follow these principles you won’t get injured but what we can advise is if you incorporate these guidelines into your training you will be more likely to stay injury-free.
Shin Splints is an umbrella term for what is more technically known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). This condition generally presents itself as a dull ache around the tibia bone at the front of the lower leg. It predominantly affects those participating in high impact physical activity such as running, where repeated weight-bearing movements can result in trauma to the soft tissues around the tibia.