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Vibration Training

Whole body vibration (WBV) training has become a popular method of training over the last few years, thanks in part at least to the endorsement of numerous high profile celebrities (Madonna and Elle MacPherson to name just two!) and extensive media coverage. But what exactly is WBV training, how does it work and does it really work?

Signs of depression in athletes

Mental Health issues within sport are important to address. Like a persons physical attributes mental health alters throughout life. Recognising a mental illness such as depression in athletes is of upmost importance and 1 in 4 people in the U.K can be affected with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Athletes are no different to anyone else and the pressure of media, peers, success, competing, training and winning can all
contribute to a depressive state.

Sleep and sports training

Sleep is important for humans to be able to perform but more importantly for overall health and wellbeing. Sleep in children or adolescence helps in their development and growth. It helps in the ability of our brain to function and affects many different systems within our body from our emotional state is to what our physical state is. The amount of sleep we require depends on what stage of life we are at with a newborn requiring approximately 16 hours a day and a adult requiring 7 hours a day.

Sports drinks explained

Carbohydrate (CHO) is important as an exercise fuel. Having enough fuel to supply the body is essential to be able to perform optimally and combat fatigue or tiredness, which could lead to injuries. Carbohydrate can come in the form of solids and liquids. In some cases we need to have more than just plain water to help us exercise, concentrate or perform optimally. Sports drinks, sports gels or juices can help us achieve this.

Avoid Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis is when the toenail grows into the nail fold. These can be extremely painful and can develop redness and an infection. It can stop people playing sport and can mean a visit to the podiatrist. To prevent the problem there are several measures that can be taken:

sports bra

A good sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing a sports bra can lead to irreversible damage to the breast. Research from Shock Absorber and the University of Portsmouth has demonstrated that wearing a sports bra reduces breast movement (bouncing) by a massive 74%!

Return to Fitness

In spite of our best intentions, a vacation often sees us stray from the fitness and training regime we follow at home. Relaxing on the beach, savouring indulgent dinners and drinks and enjoying the local nightlife are the pleasures that make a break so joyful. However, how do we return to our training schedule and regain fitness after an indulgent fortnight?

Warm Up & Cool Down

It is important to warm up prior to exercise and cool down after. The main two reasons for this are to improve performance and to decrease the risk of injury. A good warm up will increase the temperature of muscles which work better at a temperature of 40 degrees.

Cold Weather Training

As winter creeps up, the prospect of throwing on trainers to work out in the frigid cold is sometimes far less appealing than staying inside with home comforts. However training in the cold provides an additional array of health and athletic benefits, enhancing the multitude of benefits that exercise provides.

Warrior One Pose

The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. However for those who have never practiced yoga before, highly effectively poses that are particularly beneficial to the needs of athletes are easily accessible, and can make an effective additional to a post-training muscle-recovery protocol.

Hip traction

Traction of the hip is often used as part of therapy used by a number of different therapist so I was keen to see if regular use at home made a difference. As a 45-year-old long-term hip pain sufferer I was recently asked by former sprinter Mark Dunwell to try the HipTrac leg traction device.

Barefoot Running

Across the running community, people are beginning to ditch their expensive, high-tec running shoes in favor of taking to the streets barefoot (or the closest alternative). But why is this and what do they hope to gain from doing it?

Cheerleading

In spite of being a highly skilled sport, cheerleading may be dismissed by some as a trivial activity. This misconception is simply dispelled by statistics that cheerleading accounts for 66% of all catastrophic injuries in female US athletes.

Magnesium For Muscle Recovery

Replenishing electrolytes after strenuous exercise is crucial, and magnesium has a particularly role in muscular health and recovery. Researchers studying marathon runners found magnesium to be the most highly depleted electrolyte in athletes, followed by potassium.

Victory After Injury

Recovering from injury can be a frustrating process, particularly for those who are used to an active lifestyle. These sports stars went beyond the realms of recovery to achieve high and win big. So if you're currently feeling frustrated by injury, use these stories for inspiration and a reminder that from recovery can come victory. Here are six athletes who defied the odds of injury to achieve astonishing acts of sporting success.

Weight Training After Menopause

The reduction of hormone levels with age has many effects on women's health and wellbeing. Exercise has been found to be an effective tool in combating many of the challenges these changes pose, including mood fluctuations, a slower metabolism, and guarding against the risk of certain injuries and conditions that increase with age.

Protein Shakes

Whether used to fuel training or as a recovery aid, protein shakes are becoming an increasingly prevalent source of nutrition for athletes. Due to the highly individual nature of each person's training requirements, making your own protein shakes can be an excellent and cost-effective way to attain bespoke nutritional benefits.

Yoga for Athletes

The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. For athletes who have never practiced yoga before, certain simple yet highly effective poses can make an effective additional to a post-training muscle recovery protocol.

Dance Injuries

Dance injury rates are significantly statistically higher than that of other sports. A study by Wolverhampton University found that professional dancers are more likely to suffer injuries than rugby players.

Running Shoes

As every runner knows, the correct shoe is fundamental to any training regime and subsequent competitive performance. For runners - both seasoned and new - selecting a new set of high-performing running shoes is a significant investment, and should be fully informed in order to make the correct choice for your personal needs.