Sports Injury Blog Articles

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.

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.

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. 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.

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, learning how to make a homemade protein shake can be an excellent and cost-effective way to attain bespoke nutritional benefits.

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.

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. 


Body Types

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 different body types are ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. But what exactly do these terms mean? And how does it effect athletic performance and training goals?

Kettle Bell Training

For a simple and efficient way to incorporate full body resistance training into your routine, kettlebells are the answer. They are an excellent piece of portable, inexpensive and compact kit. A highly adaptable piece of equipment, they allow you to perform a full body kettlebell workout, by working the upper body, legs, back and core muscles.

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.

Misty Copeland

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 debilitating dance injuries that threatened to prematurely end her prodigal career.

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. 

Power of Visualisation

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.

Rugby Players Bigger

A 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? Is the biggest rugby player going to be the best, or are there other factors that will influence sporting ability?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Green Tea Benefits

In the 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. In this article, we will highlight some of the benefits of drinking green tea, particularly for athletes.

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.

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