Glut Medius

August 29, 2014
The Gluteus Medius acts as a hip abductor, meaning that it raises the leg up to the side of the body. In everyday life, this muscle primarily functions to keep the pelvis level during walking. Specifically, as one raises a leg to step forward with it, the Gluteus Medius on the opposite side contracts to keep the weight of the free leg from tilting the pelvis downward on that side. 

If you have ever had this muscle worked on chances are it was quite painful and pain may have travelled down the leg. The best exercise to strengthen it is lying on your side and lifting your leg away from the floor, but there are also many other exercises that work the muscle. Here is an article on the various exercises and how effective they are. Very interesting read. This is a very important muscle when it comes to running.



http://www.running-physio.com/glutemed/

 

Biomechanics of Running

August 11, 2014


The phases of running are similar to walking (top image). The stance phase is divided into contact, midstance and propulsion. The swing phase is divided into follow-through, forward swing and foot decent. Whereas walking is the alternative placement of one foot in front of the other separated by periods when both feet are in contact with the ground, during running there is a flight phase when ne
ither foot is in contact with the ground between stance phases.

In slower, longer running, the stanc...

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Tiger Woods and his Sacrum

August 9, 2014


You may have heard talk of Tiger Woods and his sacrum in the last few days and on how it 'popped out' and what not. What ever it was that caused his back to spasm it wasn't the sacrum as they don't just pop out. So here is some info on the 
sacrum and what it gets up to.

The sacrum is a triangular shaped bone which is made up of 5 fused vertebrae (S1-S5). In children these vertebrae are not fused but become so by around age 20 or even later in some people. It is at the bottom of the spine and l...

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Premier League introduces new concussion procedures

August 6, 2014


We talked about concussion a lot during the World Cup. i had to deal with concussion to an 18 year old who became dizzy 10 minutes after being hit in a hurling match just last week, of course he wanted to continue but thankfully the managem
ent would not even think of letting him continue and planned to have a slow introduction back into training the following week. Yesterday the Premier League introduced concussion prevention procedures. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. 

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Knee pain in children

August 6, 2014


I have had a 14 and 15 year old male into the clinic in the last few weeks with knee pain that turned out to be Osgood-Schlatter disease. Disease makes it sound worse than it is. This condition that occurs in girls of about 10-12 yrs and boys of about 13-15 yrs, although these ages may vary. Osgood-Schlatter usually occurs in adolescents who are undergoing a growth spurt and are involved in a high level of physical activity, especially in sports involving running and jumping. The condition us...
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Ankle Sprain

July 23, 2014



Last week we had a look at shin splints, which, judging by the feedback, is something that a lot of people have suffered from and/or continue to suffer from. I had a few runners into the clinic this week and they asked me to do a piece on ankle sprains. You don’t have to be very active to have had one of these as we have all ‘gone over’ on our ankle at some point in time.

When we say ‘gone over’ we are usually referring to having injured the outside of the ankle, this is called a lat...

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Shin Splints

July 17, 2014


Shin pain is a common complaint among athletes and the term ‘shin splints’ is commonly used as a way of describing pain in that region. When people say that they have ‘shin splints’ they are usually referring to Medial Tibial Stress Syndrom
e (MTSS). While MMTS is the most common cause of shin pain it can also be caused by : 1) Stress fracture of the tibia; usually more common for athletes in impact, running and jumping sports. Stress fractures usually present as pain that is pin point...
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Concussion Part 2

July 12, 2014
Just following on from the last blog post on concussion, here are a few bits of information for you. The links to the articles are at bottom are to the guidelines on concussion for both the GAA and IRFU, they are short and to the point so give them a look. Also included is a nice animated 5 minute video which explains concussion, nothing too complicated and a great one to show to children. 

As a society we need to take it far more seriously. I know from working with teams that it's not. There ...

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Concussion

July 10, 2014
Although there were many low point in last nights semi final, the lowest one was easily watching Javier Mascherano lose consciousness, stumble off the field only to return a few minutes. He should not have been allowed to play on, end of story, the same goes for Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira in the England game which was even worse. 

  


Concussion is also known as mild brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), mild head injury and minor head trauma. Some experts define concussion as...

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Eccentric Hamstring Strengthening

July 7, 2014
Hamstrings injuries make up a sizable percentage of what i see in the clinic. Eccentric exercises are always important in regards to strength and there are many exercises that hit the hamstrings in this way. Eccentric training is defined as active contraction of a muscle occurring simultaneously with lengthening of the muscle. Single Leg Romanian Dead Lifts (RDLs), Romanian Dead Lifts, using an exercise ball, using a resistance band and Nordic Curls are all excellent exercises depending on wh...
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