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Hard Ground Injuries

Hard Ground Injuries

Hard Ground Injuries Given the recent spell of dry weather the rise we see in ‘hard ground’ related injuries is inevitable. This is on top of rising training and playing levels during the summer months where we see the accumulative affect of overuse related injuries also. The areas that are mainly affected by the impact

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It would have been better to break my ankle rather than damage the ligaments

It would have been better to break my ankle rather than damage the ligaments

  Very often we hear a frustrated client claim they wish they had broken a bone rather than the sometimes slow recovery of a significant ankle sprain. In part they may be right as: Firstly bone has a better blood supply than ligament therefore it has potential to heal quicker. Secondly with a fracture you

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Tips to Aid Recovery post Marathon

Tips to Aid Recovery post Marathon

With race day fast approaching hopefully the stars are aligned and all your pre race preparation will allow you to produce a PB on the day. Your marathon training will have taken you towards the 21-22 mile mark. So coming Monday you will be adding about 15% more distance to your longest run. Your legs

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When and Why should I get a pre marathon sports massage?

When and Why should I get a pre marathon sports massage?

Race day is fast approaching and the taper is in full swing so the legs are beginning to get a well earned rest. The next big decision is 1- Would a sports massage help me? 2- With 10 days left till the marathon, when should i get it? Firstly you must consider, is this your

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Tips for Tapering for a Marathon

Tips for Tapering for a Marathon

The big day is approaching to Deep river rock Belfast marathon and for many runners the big question is when do you taper? Start to early and you will lose the fitness levels you have worked so hard to achieve. Start to late and a long run won’t give your body time to recover prior

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Improve Player Robustness

Improve Player Robustness

How to Improve Player Robustness? The World Conference on Sports Physical Therapy was held at the magnificent Titanic Centre in Belfast recently. The 2 day conference was based around the topic of Optimal Loading. This basically translates as the optimum amount of training required to reach specific performance levels while minimising negative outcomes. Negative outcomes

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Pitch-side Physio Rules for GAA

Pitch-side Physio Rules for GAA

Recently I had the pleasure of covering an Irish League match between local team Newry City and Dergview. It was the first soccer match I had provided pitch-side physio at since leaving Sunderland in 2005. All my experiences since then have been with Gaelic football and Hurling teams. So I enjoyed the opportunity for something

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Headaches? How Do The Physio Group Clinic’s Treat Headaches

Headaches? How Do The Physio Group Clinic’s Treat Headaches

  At The Physio Group Clinic we are seeing an increased number of clients suffering from chronic headaches. There are many different types of headache such as : tension, migraine, cluster, vascular and hormone induced; these will be managed from a medical perspective. Within our scope of practice it is the CERVICOGENIC headache that we

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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO A BAG OF PEAS

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO A BAG OF PEAS

Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton faces a race against time to recover from injury to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. In a bid to speed up the healing process he has been on an intensive ice machine to get rid of inflammation. This new High Tech bit of kit ” The Game Ready”

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PILATES – AT THE PHYSIO GROUP CLINIC

PILATES – AT THE PHYSIO GROUP CLINIC

 PILATES Pilates is an exercise based therapy which is designed to strengthen, elongate and restore the body’s muscular Skelton system into balance. The origins of pilates stem from early part of 1900 from its inventor ‘Joseph Pilates’ who as a child had been very frail but developed a technique of physical fitness using experiences from

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ACHILLES HEEL

ACHILLES HEEL

Achilles Heel! The term Achilles heel derives from Greek mythology when a great warrior Achilles was dipped in water as a baby which was supposed to make him invincible, unfortunately as his mother dipped him in, she held him by the heel Which wasn’t washed over. This became his weak spot and ultimately led to

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THE CONCUSSION DEBATE

THE CONCUSSION DEBATE

The Physio Group Clinic – Physiotherapy Concussion debates seem to be played out nearly on a weekly basis at the moment. The 2 most notable recently are George North( below) who played on despite 2 head injuries and a momentary loss of consciousness. The other being the Tyrone County Board issuing a statement that star player

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Getting off Crutches after Surgery or Injury

Getting off Crutches after Surgery or Injury

When should you get off your crutches after surgery or serious lower limb injury? Over the years clients have had different reasons for “getting rid” of their crutches. These include ” I thought I didn’t need them, my surgeon told me to cast them aside, their slowing me down and sure I’m back driving again”.

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Bridging Exercise

Bridging Exercise

A common exercise prescribed by our therapists as well as in our Pilates class is: The Bridge. The Bridge is an excellent stability exercise. This means that one of your goals is to keep your pelvis very still during the exercise. This exercise strengthens the gluteals and the lower abdominals promoting core stability. It’s a

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Kinesio Tape all for Show?

Kinesio Tape all for Show?

As I watched the World Cup opener last night I wondered how much money Croatia had spent on the colourful Kinesio tape and could they have fielded if their tape hadn’t made it through customs! The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. The U.K. web site for Kinesio tape claims

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Pre Marathon Tips

Pre Marathon Tips

With Belfast marathon only 3 weeks away and Newry marathon 5 weeks away we thought it would be a good idea to give some advice to those who are running their first marathon. For most first timers it’s all about crossing the finish line and not personal bests! From a physical point of view we would recommend you

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Foam Rolling – What are you trying to achieve?

Foam Rolling – What are you trying to achieve?

After our Perfect Squat article the natural follow on is to mention the foam roller. In recent times this has become as important a piece of equipment to athletes as running shoes or football boots. But how do you use it? What are you trying to achieve? And what should you be feeling?? Read this

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The Perfect Squat

The Perfect Squat

One of the most commonly performed lower limb exercises, yet often it isn’t being performed correctly. When this is the case your best case scenario is that you are inefficient in your training. Worst case there is potential to hurt yourself.  Technique in our eyes is the key before thinking about loading up with weight!! This

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Stretching for Runners

Stretching for Runners

With the Belfast marathon on the near horizon and weekly 5k, 10k and half marathons we are constantly asked by runners about stretching. How, when and why?  The current research pre run has massively come away from the Static stretch and moved towards a more dynamic warm-up to improve functional mobility for your run and

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Barefoot Running or Minimalist Running

Barefoot Running or Minimalist Running

Since the explosion of the barefoot running and five fingers phenomenon, we have an increasing number of our clients asking us if they should be trying it. There are a lot of claims made of the benefits of this style of running such as increased foot strengthen and reduced injuries. Unfortunately a lot of these claims

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It’s Okay, It’s Only a Muscle Strain

It’s Okay, It’s Only a Muscle Strain

There is a popular misconception among athletes and managers that a muscle strain is nothing more than a cramp. They think this will settle in a few days and they will be fit for the following week. However a strain is a muscle tear i.e. there is some disruption of the muscle fibres no matter

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