Ski Strengthening Exercises

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by Matt Wagstaff (Sports Therapist) When preparing yourself for a skiing trip, you hope to be ‘ski fit’, but what does this mean?  Yes, aerobic fitness is required (gained through cardiovascular exercise such as running, swimming, cycling – anything that gets you out of breath and breaking a sweat), but to protect yourself from injury, strength is probably the most …

Skiing & Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

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Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon, Mr Alexander Dodds, explains what to do if you injure your ACL Skiing. As the weather starts to get colder and the nights longer, here in the UK many will be looking forward to their winter skiing trip. Hardened skiers will be used to taking a tumble on the slope but what happens if you’re the …

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Kinesio Tape – What Is It?

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Kinesio tape (K-tape) is the name of the brightly coloured tape you may have seen applied to many a sportsman/woman over the last few years.  In fact, at London 2012 it was novel to see an athlete without it.  But K-tape is not only used within the sporting arena, you may have noticed a friend or colleague exposing a decorative …

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Massage Is Maintenance

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Massage is often deemed as an indulgent treat and perhaps for some, this is true.  But we can never avoid the healing ability of massage however luxurious it seems – massage simply put is beneficial to our health.There are many types of massage, but we wanted to discuss Sports Massage and why regular “maintenance” treatments are valuable. Massage works on the …

Shoulder Pain & Tennis

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Like many sports, there is a repetitive nature to tennis.  Performing strokes over and over again – all slightly different in reach, angle and strength, but essentially hundreds of forehands, backhands repeatedly.  Serves, volleys and smashes put even more strain through the shoulder and stress the mechanics with every hit.  With perfect shoulder posture (which most of us don’t have …

Tennis Elbow

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What Is It? Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is pain caused by the inflammation or micro tears to the muscles and tendons of the forearm where they attach to the bone just below the elbow. The damage is caused by over-use or over-loading of the forearm – such as in tennis (especially with poor technique, late hits or wrong grip size), but …