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Top Five Motocross Injuries

Motocross was developed from motorcycle competitions in the early 1900s in the UK. Motocross is riding a specially designed motorcycle, called a motocross bike, on a closed course, consisting of a variety of terrain; uphill’s, downhill’s, corners, jumps, etc. If you are racing, it is over a set amount of time or laps, with the winner crossing the line first. Almost all motocross riders will have been injured at some point in their career. Commonly when performing freestyle and tricks, however, participation of any kind in motocross comes with an... Read More


Trochanteric Hip Bursitis

Trochanteric hip bursitis; in simple terms is an overuse injury at the hip which is common in runners. Bursitis is a trochanteric (trochanteric refers to either of two knobs at the top of the femur, serving for the attachment of muscles between the thigh and pelvis.) hip bursitis condition. Bursitis is a condition which can affect many joints within the body. The term “Bursitis” refers to any inflammation of a bursa. a small fluid-filled sac or sac-like cavity situated in places in tissues where friction would otherwise occur. Bursae function... Read More


5 Reasons to Learn CPR

Would you know what to do or how to react if someone suddenly collapsed in front of you? Sudden heart attacks are amongst the most common cause of death in the world. Performing CPR can be the difference between life and death. You can’t assume that someone else will step in – that’s why it’s so important to learn CPR. Getting certified is easier than you think. 1. It Saves Lives Each year in the UK approximately 30,000 people collapse with sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Sudden cardiac arrest... Read More


Pectoral Tears and Strains

The pectoral muscles (pecs) are located at the front of the chest, they are made up of two muscles. The larger of the two is called the pectoralis major muscle, this extends from the sternum across the ribs and collar bone to the humerus (upper arm). The pectoralis minor (the smaller of the two muscles) originates at the front of the ribs and attaches to the front of the shoulder blade. The pectoral muscles assist with movements of the shoulder blade. During stretching or contracting the pectorals experience tension. This... Read More


CrossFit – Looking after your Hands

You only have to look on Instagram to understand just how popular CrossFit is getting! Photos of CrossFit diehards proudly displaying their blistered, calloused and torn palms like  badges of honour. But even if you’re can push through the pain of dead-lifts and snatches with a flesh wound, it does not mean that you should, you could be risking nasty infections, deeper tears, and considerable recovery time, and let’s face it, why would you train through it when it can easily be avoided. Don’t let something as avoidable as a... Read More


Myofascial Release

Myo refers to muscles, and fascia is the connective tissue that bind muscles, bones, and organs together. Fascia connects and covers all parts of the body in a strong, fibrous sheeting, but it also plays a primary role in healing from injury. We are only just beginning to understand the role and importance of fascia in the body. What Makes it Different? Myofascial Release, is a massage technique that engages both the muscular and the fascia systems, it can be achieved through massage with the therapist, or through the use... Read More


Safety in Rugby Clubs

Clubs have a duty of care toward the individuals that use their facilities. During a rugby match / training, as with many sporting activities, even spectators can be injured suddenly. Whilst arrangements for spectators and officials will most likely be the same as for any other sport, due to the full contact nature of rugby, the arrangements for players will need to be adjusted to reflect this. It is the responsibility of the club or organiser to ensure that procedures are in place so that effective action is taken is a... Read More


Knee Injuries and the Female Athlete

Knee injuries, particularly damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, are most commonly seen in female athletes. This has been observed more in recent years, possibly as a result of the increase in popularity and participation levels in women’s sport. Increased participation has heightened appreciation of health and medical issues specific to the female athlete. Studies comparing male to female susceptibility to injury of the ACL have shown women to have considerably higher rate of injury. Studies have shown that ACL injuries occur roughly 4 times as often in sports such... Read More



Electrotherapy is defined as – the use of electric currents passed through the body to stimulate nerves and muscles, chiefly in the treatment of various forms of paralysis. Electric stimulation devices such as Compex have been shown to speed u recovery time in athletes and are medical-grade devices designed to contract the muscles in different ways that may promote blood flow, increase muscle tone, and flush out lactic build-up. In more extreme cases even, an electro-therapy device can be used to alleviate muscular spasms and cramps. Whether your goals are... Read More