Training Error- a catch all term.

Training error. It’s a catch all term which you may or may not have come across. The phrase has been coined relatively recently to provide a bit of guidance as to the reason why some people end up with so called “overtraining” injuries. To get an idea as to why this is “Training Error” we need to think about how training works. In effect, no matter what your sport, you are looking to get stronger, faster or more skilled. In order to create this change you want to be challenging your body and mind to encourage adaptation. As you rest … Continue reading

A short blog on muscular Back Pain

Having seen a few patients recently with Back Pain I’ve heard a fair few stories about what they have been told about the various ways they might be able to “fix” it. I thought now might be a good time to write a short blog about back pain problems, myths and the current state of physiotherapy thinking. NOTE: This is not meant to be a “be all and end all” of back pain – the debates and arguments about the veracity and validity of various methods etc have been floating around for as long as there has been back pain. … Continue reading

Does the exercise matter, or the mindset?

I remember growing up and seeing all these training books about how to train like the SAS, or the Marines, or the Seals. All the fitness magazines with new ideas on how to get strong within 4 weeks… Helpfully, in the next edition, 4 weeks later, there would be another article telling you how else to train to get fit in another 4 weeks. These days we have magazines telling you the shortcuts to success, how to train like Kilian, the killer workout that will make you look like Henry Cavill or Jason Momoa, how to train harder for your … Continue reading

Enfeeblement and Robotic Legs

I’ve been seeing some things being bandied around on the internet recently – robotic exoskeletons to enable you to ski for longer and springs that you put behind your knees to enable you to stand up for less effort. I got a little incensed about this, mainly because of what they have in common – a lack of strength, continued atrophy of muscles, and the potential enfeeblement of the human body. (Don’t get me wrong – exoskeletons/replacement limbs for paraplegics and amputees are a good thing – I’m railing against something else here.) It might seem like a lovely idea … Continue reading

Nuture the seed

We came across a funny thing the other day which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that funny (haha) at all. It concerns people who want to run and exercise who are really quite embarrassed about getting out and doing things. They are worried about what others might think of them, and so seek positive affirmation through running with groups. Let me first say there is nothing wrong with that – in fact, anything which enables people to get out and do things and have a more positive mindset about exercise is an excellent thing as far as I am concerned. The … Continue reading

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This is a blog about time and the perception of how long things take. I can bang on about this for a while, but bear with me. Let’s start by taking a physio consultation. Normally, at the end (or even part way through) we start talking about exercise prescription and what the patient needs to do in order to get better. Physios are kind of unique in that we don’t tend to have a pill to prescribe, it is normally strength work or movement, or some such thing. In comparison to exercise, pills are easy. Give someone an antibiotic, tell … Continue reading