31 May 2020

FORM & TECHNIQUE

If we do something wrong or badly we increase the risk of harm, and do it often enough and over a long period of time and the chances keep going up.  Undoubtedly that will also be the case in running.  Poor form and technique will increase the likelihoo...

3 May 2020

STRENGTH TRAINING FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Strength training (explosive and/or heavy weight) improves long-distance running performance and/or running economy (Yamamoto et al. 2008).  After his team won the 2006 High school cross country, the coach said that he knew they c...

27 Apr 2020

STRETCHING AND FLEXIBILITY

Lets start with a question, how many of us can touch our toes?  Now for another question, how often when running do you find yourself needing to be able to touch your toes?

There has been a long running debate about the validity of stretch...

20 Apr 2020

In this series of blogs I will discuss running injuries, how they happen, if can we prevent them and if so how.  I will talk about ways to minimise injury risk, what has been proven to work and what has not, including strength training, stretching and flexibility, how...

10 Apr 2020

R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

Mirkin and Hoffman (1978) came up with the idea of RICE for the treatment of strains and sprains, this has been the standard treatment method ever since.  R.I.C.E. is widely used by coaches and therapists and other medical pr...

16 Jul 2019

There is a temptation to have a free gait analysis which some running shoe shops offer.  Whilst it is undeniable that having a gait analysis is a good idea, it is questionable whether this should be done solely for the purpose of selecting which shoes one should wear f...

18 Mar 2018

Have you ever wondered how one person and eat anything they like and the next person piles on the weight with every mouthful?

In the 1940's US psychologist Dr. Willi...

A Swedish study of 191 women examined their fitness levels in mid life, before tracking them for 44 years. Participants were asked to carry out exercise tests on a bike to measure their cardiovascular activity.

The research found that those with the highest fitness...

9 Mar 2018

A group of older people who have exercised all of their lives, were compared to a group of similarly aged adults and younger adults who do not exercise regularly. The results showe

d that those who have exercised regularly have defied the aging process, having the immun...

16 Jan 2018

According to a survey by fitness equipment brand Opti, British people actually find going to the gym to be the most intimidating thing one can do.  The survey also found that over 57 per cent of us will have set ourselves the goal of losing weight and getting fit this...

A review of 33 research trials has found that there is no benefit to people aged 50 or over who take the supplements, leading experts to call for medical guidance to be changed.

More than 51,000 participants took part in the trials, which looked at whether the supplemen...

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