F.I.T.T. Principle

Ever heard of the F.I.T.T. Principle? If not, read on – it’s important to anyone wanting to progress in their chosen sport. So you have a training programme but are you following the F.I.T.T. Principle? Well you should be. It’s a set of guidelines that will help you get the best out of your training and it stands for: Frequency: how often you train Intensity: the level of effort you put into each session Type: the activity you are doing Time: the duration of a session Lets expand on those a bit, so you know what you’re doing and why … Continue reading

Marathon training

As the London and Manchester Marathon places have just been released, there are a number of first time marathon runners (and also more experienced runners) who are about to start training in earnest for the events early next year. For those of you who are planning on running a marathon, read on! We have worked with many marathon runners in the past and all have benefited from ensuring their training programmes include regular sports massage. Why is that? Well the simple answer is that regular maintenance massage can help to keep your muscles healthy and injury free, which is of … Continue reading

E is for Epicondylitis

Introduction Epicondylitis is an overuse injury of the elbow. When the lateral (outside) structures are affected the condition is more commonly known as Tennis Elbow (or lateral epicondylitis) and when medial (inside) structures are affected it is known as Golfer’s Elbow (no prizes for guessing this is medial epicondylitis). What is Epicondylitis and why does it happen? The main difference between medial and lateral epicondylitis is which specific structures around the elbow suffer from overuse, injury or irritation. Lateral – the main area of concern are the extensors muscles of the hand which attach to the lateral epicondyle (a bony … Continue reading

Interview with Paralympic Silver Medalist, Michael Churm

With the Paralympics starting in London in about 5 months we thought it would be good to hear from someone who’s not only competed and won medals at previous Paralympics, but is currently training hard and looking to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Thanks for doing this interview with us Michael. Could you introduce yourself to our readers. My name is Michael Churm and I am a Paralympic athlete who competes in Athletics, primarily competing in the 100m and 200m. I have competed at both the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, winning a Silver medal in … Continue reading

Sporting Injuries and the NHS

Talk about a can of worms. Having spoken to a few people (fell runners) recently about nightmares with ligament ruptures and misdiagnosed breakages, I thought I might write a little something on here.When you “do” sport, you tend to put yourself under a fair bit of risk. Some sports are more risky than others, but the vast majority have the opportunity in which to do something pretty nasty to your body, should you mess it up. Its interesting that if you go to the doctor with hypertension, overweight, general un-wellbeing and feeling rubbish, they will tell you to get out … Continue reading

Cycling Plus

We get a mention in the September issue of Cycling Plus with special thanks to Nikalas Cook, and another great article by him. Make sure you pick up your copy. see page 162 for Nik Cooks article and a feature from Tim Budd