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31ST JANUARY 2012
Non-traumatic injuries among cyclists

Cycling involves repetitive motion of the lower limb, often performed over long periods with a fixed upper body posture. This has led to specific injuries, the nature and prevalence of these injuries has not been recorded amongst members of cycling clubs.

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1ST FEBRUARY 2011
Would you like to improve your stamina levels?

Karen Idun Scottish Senior Weightlifting Champion, Assistant Weightlifting club coach and experienced Personal Trainer can design 30min sessions that will maintain cardiovascular function, promote weight loss but more importantly deliver dramatic improvements to power, speed, strength and muscle mass (ladies this means accelerated weight loss).

Poor running performance due to an imbalanced training regime causes decreases in muscle mass, strength, speed and power, which are integral components when trying to reduce running times and improve running efficiency.

Have you ever got to the end of a race and had nothing left to give, or watched professional middle and long distance running events and thought, where do the athletes get the energy to sprint long before the finish and sustain it till the very end?

The answer is not in the integration of an average weights gym routine, which tends to build muscle and works only one joint at a time but instead the answer lies in specific anaerobic strength training programs based on Olympic weightlifting moves.

Incorporating the right type of strength training program into your running schedule will reduce the risk of injury, maximise your running performance and make you an all rounded better runner able to deliver the results you set yourself.

So, whether you are an experienced or novice runner and planning to or currently training for a running event, then give Karen a call on 07794 581070/0141 637 700 or fill in our enquiry form.

11TH NOVEMBER 2010
Weight Management article

Diet, Nutrition and Weight management is an ever increasing concern within each stage of the human lifecycle, so instead of starting with the hard facts, I thought it a good idea to lighten the mood with a bit of laughter.

A lady her mother and her 7 year old niece are in the lady’s bedroom. The lady having lost weight over the past few years was discarding things from her wardrobe that no longer fit. Her seven year old niece was watching as she held up her trousers. “Wow,” the lady said, “I must have worn these when I was 183.” Her nice looked puzzled, then asked, “How old are you know?” The cynical mother of the lady replied with an off the cuff remark, “Darling, the older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.” The niece’s puzzled look turned to bemusement as she feel silent and then replied, “ The new Garlic diet on TV says it’s really good for older people as you don’t lose weight; you just look thinner from far away.

The successes and failures of weight loss have been experienced by everyone at some point in their lives, but those who lose weight and achieve long lasting weight loss maintenance have followed the simple energy balance equation. The energy balance equation states that energy in, must equal energy out. That means that food (energy in form of calories) consumed must be expended (used up through activity). Energy can be expended in several ways all of which have greater or lesser degrees of energy expenditure. Energy consumed in the form of calories can be utilised by the body’s internal systems or through movement (daily living activities to structured physical activity). The basic lack of understanding and consistent poor practise of this equation results in the increase in body fat and overall body weight. However it also has to be considered, although not as worrying for the majority of the general population is the opposite side of the spectrum, in which a consistent reduction in energy consumed coupled with too much energy expenditure leads to excessive weight loss.

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31ST AUGUST 2010
Golf Injuries

Physiotherapy has developed over the years and has become an integral part of conditioning for golfers of all levels. Physiotherapists and golf coaches utilise video analysis to aid diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries and performance enhancement. Sophisticated technology in the form of computer software can analyse golf movements. Techniques, as well as position of pelvis, body sway, lateral movement and rotation can be studied.

Common areas of injury for golfers are elbows, knees, wrists and lumbar spine. The key to successful treatment of these injuries is to bear two things in mind: the human body is a chain of movement; one area can not move without another area being affected and each human being is an individual with his or her own individual patterns of movement.
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