First Aid 4 Sport | Blog

10/07/2017
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Iliotibial Band Syndrome (aka Runners Knee)

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome? The Iliotibial band (ITB) experiences friction as it passes over the femur bone, back and forth over the epicondyle (bony bit on the outside of the knee). When the knee bends at around 20-30 degrees the IT band experiences the greatest friction. This is about the range where a runners knee is bent and the foot hits the floor, making this condition fairly common in runners. Symptoms of ITB syndrome include pain on the outside of the knee which is worse running downhill and often starts at... Read More

06/07/2017

Resistance Bands

When it comes to versatility and value for money, few bits of kit could offer you as much value and versatility as a resistance band. What are resistance, bands? These popular pieces of training equipment are flexible, seamlessly-constructed latex rubber bands or tubes which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of which provide differing levels of resistance. Why should I invest in a resistance band (or even a whole set)? Resistance bands are becoming a regular sight in gyms, training grounds, homes and even outdoors across the... Read More

05/07/2017

Facts about Hypermobility

Joint hypermobility means that some or all of a person’s joints have an unusually large range of movement. Hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for that particular joint. Hypermobile joints are often an inherited condition. Symptoms of the joint hypermobility syndrome include pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows. Often joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and require no treatment. What is the joint hypermobility? Hypermobility is a condition that causes joints to move beyond what is considered the normal... Read More

03/07/2017

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an injury that most people will be familiar with, yet the name is quite deceiving. This common elbow problem probably affects as many non-tennis players as it does tennis players. What is tennis elbow? Tennis elbow occurs when the tendons in the forearm are strained. The tendons become inflamed causing pain on the outside of the elbow joint. Tennis elbow can be caused by any activity that involves gripping and twisting motions in the forearm, more often than now, this injury is not related to tennis or... Read More

30/06/2017

CrossFit Jargon Busting

Walking into a CrossFit Box for the first time isn’t the only thing that can be daunting to a newbie, CrossFit seems to come with a whole new language! Most terms in CrossFit are acronyms although to start with they may seem like nonsense. So we’ve decided to put together a list of the most used terms and what they mean. The Basics Box – the gym. WOD – Workout of the Day. Usually posted on the whiteboard in the Box.. Each WOD varies apart from ‘The Girls’ and ‘Hero... Read More

29/06/2017

Top 6 Wimbledon Facts

Wimbledon is nearly upon us, so we thought we would put together a little list of 6 of the lesser known, most random facts about the event. 1.Wimbledon adopted yellow tennis balls in 1986 with the advent of colour television; before that, white balls were used 2. A Harris hawk called Rufus is responsible for keeping the grounds pigeon-free. He’s specially trained for the task and flies across the courts each morning before play, discouraging pigeons from roosting by making them aware of his predator status. Over the years he... Read More

28/06/2017
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Bicep Tears

Biceps – the muscles located at the front of the upper arm, extending from the elbow, upwards to the shoulder. A torn or strained bicep, is an injury most often to the bicep tendon. The tendons at either end of the muscle can be torn, however, it is much more common for the tendon that attaches to the shoulder to tear or rupture. A complete rupture will cause the bicep tendon to detach from the bone. It’s vulnerable because it goes through the shoulder joint, which is used, and sometimes... Read More

27/06/2017
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Interview With Sam Briggs

Sam Briggs or The Engine as she is nicknamed, is the UK’s answer to CrossFit royalty. Sam is respected amongst the elite athletes of CrossFit and we can understand why. Following her second games in 2011, where she finished 4th she was hit by a devastating knee injury. After surgery and good rehab, Sam returned to the Games in 2013 and with no one expecting her to finish on the podium, Sam silenced the critics and took first place, claiming the title ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’. With Sam never finishing... Read More

23/06/2017

What is CrossFit

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting and cardio. These are the core movements of life. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness. CrossFit is... Read More

22/06/2017

Common Causes of Wrist Pain

Although small, the human wrist is made up of eight bones, alongside, ligaments, tendons and tissue. All of these components within a relatively small structure means that the wrists can be easy to damage, which could cause not only pain but also limited use of the wrist and hand. A wide range of things can affect the wrist. 1. Repetitive Injuries One of the most common causes of pain in wrists is repetitive motion. Any motion that cause your hands to keep repeating the same, or similar movements, just simply... Read More