Sports Injury Prevention

Articles related to or about preventing sports injuries.

  • A Test for Pulled Hamstring Risk

     Test for Pulled Hamstring

    Here is a simple test we have adapted for use at home, which may be helpful for predicting your risk of a pulled hamstring. It can show if there are any problems in the area, so if there is you can look at how to prevent hamstring injuries.

  • 8 Things That Increase The Risk of Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar Fasciitis

    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.

  • Yoga for Athletes: Extended Triangle Pose

    Extended Triangle 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 effective poses that are particularly beneficial to the needs of athletes are easily accessible, and can make an effective addition to a post-training muscle-recovery protocol.

  • Six Athletes Who Achieved Astonishing Victory After Injury

    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.

  • 5 Benefits of a Sauna After Exercise

    Sauna Benefits

    The remedial effects of saunas have made them a common feature in many gyms and sporting facilities. A mainstay of Scandinavian well-being culture, the health benefits of sauna are extensive and accessible. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits of using a sauna after exercise.

  • Why A Foam Roller Should be Part of Your Kit

    Foam Roller

    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. This article can show you how to use a foam roller and which is the best foam roller for your needs.

  • The Importance of Magnesium For Muscle Recovery

    Magnesium For Muscle Recovery

    Replenishing electrolytes after strenuous exercise is crucial, and magnesium has a particular role in muscular health and recovery. Researchers studying marathon runners found magnesium to be the most highly depleted electrolyte in athletes, followed by potassium. We look at the health benefits of magnesium for sore muscles and how to make sure you are getting enough of it in your diet and from any supplements.

  • Why is Cheerleading A High-Risk Sport?

    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 injuries account for 66% of all catastrophic injuries in female US athletes.

  • Six Benefits of Thai Massage

    Thai Massage Benefits

    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. Read more about how having a Thai massage benefits you and your health.

  • What is Hypermobility?

    Hypermobility

    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. 

  • Yoga for Athletes: Tight Calfs & Hamstrings

    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.

  • How Can Collagen Boost Joint Health?

    Boost Joint Health

    The benefits of collagen peptides in promoting joint health have been widely reported by many clinical research studies. By boosting overall joint health, long term 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 for joints and their health. 


  • Yoga for Athletes: Release Shoulder & Neck Tension

    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 addition to a post-training muscle recovery protocol. There are specific positions of yoga for neck and shoulders that help relieve pain and ease tension in the area.

  • Causes of Back Pain in Children

    Back Pain in Children

    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 kids can indicate underlying issues that require medical attention.

  • The Importance of Weight Training After The Menopause

    Weight Training After Menopause

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

  • 5 Tips to Avoid Training Injury in Bad Weather

    Avoid Training Injury

    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.

  • The 6 Main Causes of Dance Injuries

    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.

  • Are you pulling my leg? Hip traction treatment

    Hip traction

    Traction of the hip is often used as part of therapy used by a number of different therapists 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.

  • 10 Tips To Prevent Shin Splints

    Prevent shin pain

    Medial tibial stress syndrome, more widely known as shin splints, is the most common cause of shin pain. Although shin pain is often caused and exacerbated by too much running and jumping, there are a number of ways to reduce the risk of it occurring. Here are our top 10 tips for preventing shin splints!

  • American Football Injuries

    American Football Injuries

    American Football is an intensive contact sport where serious injuries are not uncommon. However, it is also one of the best protected, due to the amount of body armour and protective headgear the players wear as a mandatory standard.