To Stretch or not to stretch that is the question

To Stretch or not to stretch that is the question

people stretchingThere has been so much written about stretching!  Should you stretch before a run, after a run or both and does it help to prevent injury?

To answer this let’s look at each stage separately.

Static Stretching

Before a run or for that matter any exercise you need to get the body prepared.  To do this properly you need to get your heart rate up and increased blood flow to the muscles to ensure they are ready for work.    Doing a few static stretches is not going to do this and in fact can be detrimental to your training and overall performance. Continue reading

The 3 Main Causes of Injury

The 3 Main Causes of Injury

ankle-injuryBefore I get started let’s look at the 3 main reasons we get injured in the first place this will also give a better insight into injury prevention.    Exercise by its shear nature is putting our bodies under stress so when we put our bodies under stress it can break down.  Your body is made up of multiple moving parts, any one of these moving parts can give under the demands you put on them.  So what are these 3 main causes of injury?Continue reading

Autologous Blood Injections

Autologous Blood Injections

plateletsAs I am having this therapy I thought I would write a brief article explaining what it is and in my case what it is used for.

Tendinopathy is a condition affecting the tendons, the connective tissue that connects muscle to bone.  It can cause pain, stiffness and weakness and can become chronic as in my case.

The main treatment is progressive eccentric strengthening but recently autogous blood injection has been used to assist in healing.  The idea is the blood contains growth factors and other substances which promote the healing response.  It is used when a tendon has failed to heal using the traditional methods.  What they are trying to do is artificially create a response that would normally happen at an acute injury site, in an attempt to stimulate tendon healing.Continue reading