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  • July 21st 2018, 10 years after running in the 4x400m relay finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Marilyn Okoro received her Olympic bronze medal. 10 years of self-doubt, brought about by a career hampered with mismanaged injuries, missed opportunities and funding cuts; would be leave most athletes questioning the sport they love. Okoro is not most athletes.
  • As one of England’s most experienced rugby players, Ben Youngs has been at the top of the game for nearly a decade. Ahead of the new rugby season we caught up with him to talk about the battle to make the 2019 World Cup squad, competing against Israel Folau and sharing a late-night chat with Will Ferrell.
  • In recent posts, I’ve been writing about how much we need to take our sleep more seriously. As I have made clear, I’m a big advocate of optimising sleep to improve everyday health. In this article, I wanted to shine a light on one group in society that is already taking sleep seriously – the high performance athletes.

    Have you noticed that when athletes and managers talk to the press, they now mention the words “fatigue” and “recovery” more than they may have done in years gone by. This is no surprise when we consider the lengths that professional sports teams and sporting bodies are going to in the pursuit of performance gains.

  • “Recovery is the most critical and misunderstood component of the training process. Too much rest and under training makes it much more likely that you’ll suffer injury or poor performance. Likewise, too much training and a lack of recovery leaves you predisposed to injury and underperforming. It is this load management and finding the optimum balance that leads to consistent high performance and resilience.

    “I believe that a large mismatch can exist between an athlete’s outputs (training stress) and their inputs (sleep, rest, attention to nutrition). We have a tendency to work hard, do more and place high demands on the body and mind, and yet have a disproportionate amount of time spent ensuring we recover optimally

  • Summit Medical and Scientific, the UK’s leading distributor of biomechanics systems, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hocoma, a DIH brand and the global leader for functional movement devices and gait therapy using robotic and sensor-based devices.

  • Orca Medical is introducing the New SONON, An ultrasound system that’s no bigger than the transducer itself, a truly mobile ultrasound device compatible with iOS and Android technology. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the wireless and cable-less SONON is highly portable and flexible for healthcare providers. SONON produces its own strong wireless connectivity, requiring only an existing smartphone or tablet to conduct scans. The SONON mobile ‘App’ supports the device so providers can scan patients and transmit images and recordings securely to any hospital via Wi-Fi, 3G, or LTE networks.
  • Neurofit Exercise Therapy

    Neurofit is an exercise therapy aimed at Stroke Survivors, Head Injury or Spinal Cord Injury clients but it can also help prevent further damage in progressive neurological conditions such as Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis.

  •  Advancing clinical practice in the management of low back pain and musculoskeletal complaints.

    Recent clinical guidelines in the UK and USA have included the consideration of manual therapy treatment as a recommendation.

  • Why is Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) Increasing in popularity?

    Find out with Dr Robert Crowley, Chiropractor and RockTape Instructor.

     

  • "Practice Makes Plasticity!"

    The ultimate aim of neurological rehabilitation is the integration of acquired movement into function and activities of daily living. Neurological rehabilitation is based on the principles that within the central nervous system we have representational neuro-anatomy. Therapeutic approaches aim to elicit and or facilitate desired movements to drive neuroplasticity. For the acquisition of skilled movement repetition and practice is required. Increasingly over the last decade or so Rehabilitation Technology has provided the means for mass practise and repetition.

  • Better Sleep Case Study: Pete Reed, Olympic and World Champion Rower

    Pete Reed is one of Great Britain's true sporting greats and a Mammoth Ambassador to boot. With 3 Olympic and 5 World Championship gold medals to his name, he is among the most decorated individuals in rowing history.

    Having recently come back from career-threatening hip surgery, Pete turned to Mammoth for help with his rehabilitation and recovery in his quest for a fourth gold at Tokyo 2020

  • Ahead of her presentation at this year's Therapy Expo, Dr Hilary Abbey of the British School of Osteopathy introduces the potential benefits of bringing together biomedical and psychosocial approaches for the treatment of persistent pain.

  • A 'stinger' in Rugby: a transient episode or something more sinister?

    07 Sep 2017 Keith Burnett MSc, PGCHE, FHEA, MSTA Lecturer and Practitioner in Sports Therapy

    A 22-year-old male amateur rugby union player misplaced his shoulder in a tackle during the final quarter of a game resulting in his head being laterally forced away from his dominant tackling shoulder causing a stretch of the brachial nerve in the neck, defined as being a 'brachial neuropraxia' or 'stinger' injury.

  • Treating an injury-prone international rower

    06 Sep 2017 Mike Antoniades
    Franki describes herself as an injury-prone international rower who had 'bashed' her body over many years.  When she first walked through the doors of The Movement & Running School, she had residual pain in her recently operated hip as well as in her right adductor, lower back and ribs/upper abs -  all of which stopped her from either walking, running or cycling.  As a person who loves to train and do sport, this was very frustrating to her.
  • Running injuries

    06 Sep 2017

    Most running injuries occur in the lower extremity, although upper body injury, as a result of a fall, is not uncommon. Upper body injuries normally occur due to runner fatigue, change in running surface, inappropriate footwear or poor technique which results in a fall and subsequent injury. Nonetheless, most runners tend to report lower limb injury (specifically from the knee downwards) as a result of their running activity. The knee is the most common injured site on runners, followed by the lower leg, foot and upper leg.

  • Increase your skillset AND patient choice

    04 Sep 2017 AACP Chairman, Jonathan Hobbs

    Adding western medical acupuncture to your treatment services is a great way to do both...

  • Able To Dance Again

    04 Sep 2017

    In 2013, Emily had a right sided stroke which led to a hemi craniotomy (removal of part of skull to relieve pressure from the injured brain).  It was later found to be caused by a Patent Foramen Ovate heart abnormality.

  • Is the modern lifestyle sustainable?

    01 Sep 2017 Dr Jonathan Bloomfield

    A third of the country now report that they sleep for fewer than six hours per night, and cases of sleep disorders being logged with GPs have never been as high. As the general health of people in the UK has declined for the past 60 years and the NHS has stretched to breaking point, we must ask ourselves if this is coincidence or a sign of a problem with the modern lifestyle.

  • Tendo-what-athy? Tendinopathy is just a medical term for a tendon disorder, the old term for it was tendinitis. Lets not worry about the nomenclature and just focus on the rehab.

  • Alex Tait has represented Premiership rugby team Newcastle Falcons for his entire 10-year career. Over the length of his career he has witnessed the development of the professional game, with an ever-increasing focus on making performance gains. To help him get the very best out of his rest and recovery time, he recently bought a Mammoth mattress.

    We caught up with Alex to talk about hard graft, the importance of recovery, playing against New Zealand legend Carlos Spencer, and getting a degree in Chemistry.

  • Sue is the current British 100km running champion and currently ranked number 7 in the world for her event. Remarkably, she has clocked up enough miles to circle the Earth twice . . . and she's still going strong.

    We spoke to Sue to find out how she first got into ultra-marathons and endurance running, and why recovery is crucial for someone who puts their body through such intense physical activity.

  • Hollie Webb and her GB Hockey teammates shot to fame in 2016 after taking gold at the Rio Olympics in one of the most tense climaxes to a tournament in living history. As part of a Women's team that have also taken European gold and Commonwealth silver in recent years, Hollie has been involved in the sport through a period of unprecedented success.
    Having recently purchased her first Mammoth – a Performance 240 – we caught up with Hollie to talk about rest, recovery and dreaming of Tokyo in 2020.
  • Melissa Benoit had a terminal lung infection, she waited an unprecedented 6 days without lungs whilst waiting for a transplant. This left her muscles unable to even support her head, but thanks to physiotherapy she can now walk again…

  • It's easy to talk generally about rehab, 'strengthen x,y and z', improve movement control etc but we don't often expand on what this means exactly. This is a brief look at an exercise programme I used recently for a patient with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome.

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