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.
The benefits of collagen peptides in promoting joint health have been widely reported by many clinical research studies. By boosting overall joint health, longterm collagen supplementation is believed to be an effective option to help protect joint health and aid recovery from joint pain and inflammation. In this article we explain the what, how and why of using collagen to promote healthy joints.
Broadly speaking, we have a genetic physical predisposition to a certain physic, fat to muscle ratio and stature, all of which require different training and nutritional demands. The three body types are endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph. But what exactly do these terms mean? And how does it effect athletic performance and training goals?
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.
For a simple and efficient way to incorporate full body resistance training into your routine, kettle bells are the answer. Kettle bells are an excellent piece of portable, inexpensive and compact kit. A highly adaptable piece of equipment, this simple piece of kit provides a full body workout, working the upper body, legs, back and core muscles.
When training for an event, personal goals or just plain habit, having your plans disrupted by weather can be highly frustrating. However it doesn't necessarily mean an unexpected rest day (or a reason to derail your plans.) Here are 5 simple tips to keep your training plans on track, whilst also avoiding the risk of injury posed by adverse weather conditions.
American ballet star Misty Copeland has overcome many obstacles to reach her current level of success and recognition. Alongside breaking socio-cultural boundaries and smashing traditional ballet stereotypes to achieve international star status, Copeland also battled serious de-habilitating injuries that threatened to prematurely end her prodigal career.
How many of you heard someone say they have tennis elbow but they don't play tennis? How many times do you hear that a famous tennis player has pulled out of a tournament with tennis elbow? You haven't I hear you cry!
Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is a blanket term used to describe an individual with several joints that are more flexible than is usual amongst the general population. Hypermobile individuals, who make up 3% of the population, have a heightened flexibility than that of the general population.
Beyond the realms of physical ability, talent, and discipline - what separates a potentially world-class athlete from a champion? The answer is psychology. The practice of visualisation - that is, to vividly imagine the occurrence of the perfect outcome, such as scoring the winning goal or winning the race - is a facet of personal psychology that spans many disciplines, not just sports.
A recent report by the BBC indicated that the size of the average Rugby World Cup player had progressively increased to a significant extent over the course of the last 30 years. In light of news that the professionals are ever increasing in size, what does this mean for the aspiring player and the shape of future players?
Back pain in children can stem from fairly innocuous, non-specific causes - such as growing pains, an insufficient backpack, poor posture, or even playing video games for prolonged periods. However outside of these causes, and any other easily determinable cause, such as a minor sporting injury, back pain in children can indicate underlying issues that require medical attention.
Practiced for centuries by Thai monks, and forming a central component of Thai medicine, Thai massage is believed to have originated over 2,500 years ago in India. Originally developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, the physician to Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha - more than 2,500 years ago in India. The technique made its way to Thailand, where the original Ayurvedic techniques became combined with principles from traditional Chinese medicine.
The remedial effects of saunas have made them a common feature in many gyms and sporting facilities. A mainstay of Scandinavian well-being culture, saunas offer a plethora of easily accessible health advantages. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits offered by using a sauna after exercise.
The benefits of yoga have been widely publicised, and yoga lifestyles dominate the feeds of healthy lifestyle sites and social media. But beyond the 'om', how can practising this ancient art apply to the science of peak athletic performance? Increasingly major sports teams are integrating yoga into their training plans.
In an ideal world, an expert sports or deep tissue massage would always follow an intensive workout. However for the average amateur sportsman or woman, unfortunately a personal masseuse isn't a viable reality.
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.
In present day, a new 'wonder' product, ingredient or supplement seems to crop up every week, promising exceptional health and performance benefits. This can be bewildering for many, exciting for some, or - for the cynical amongst us - will fall on closed ears.
As every athlete knows, avoiding injury is as important to long-term athletic success as training and performance. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and a frustrating interruption to training regimes and athletic performance.
Here is a simple test we have adapted for use at home, which may be helpful for predicting your risk of a pulled hamstring.