Cycling: Shoe Fit

Improper shoe fit amongst cyclists and triathletes is a common problem and can affect their foot comfort, bikefit and power output. Foot discomfort includes symptoms like numbness, tingling, burning and shooting sensations and whilst they might seem common they are not a normal part of cycling. When fitting shoes for the bike there are three […]

Pre-Competition Nutrition and Fuelling Strategies

High amounts of carbohydrate right before a competition is, different to what most of us think, not necessarily the best strategy. In this article we give you an insight into different options for planning the right pre-race/match fuelling… Historically, the pre-race/match meal has been shrouded in importance. Shunted on to a pedestal, to ensure that […]

Ankle sprain: What do we need to know?

By Roberto Fernandez Sanchez, Physiotherapist and Clinical Lead.  Today, we are going to review one of the most common injuries in sport – Sprained Ankle.  When we trip or step on something unstable, our ankle gives way and we feel an acute pain, sometimes followed by a clunk or a crack.  Then comes the swelling […]

Managing PMS

By Paul Parker BSc(Hons) MSc If you’re a female athlete, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may well be something that has scuppered your performance in the past. Whether it has inhibited your preparation when it matters most, or carried the blame for succeeding sub-optimal showing, either way, an alarming percentage of female athletes claim to have been […]

The Plyometric Story

Plyometric training

By Paul Parker BSc(Hons) MSc You may well have heard the term “plyometric” training banded around the gym, or the changing rooms every now and then. You may have even seen it referenced on social media, or hashtagged after a video of someone’s box jumps, but what exactly constitutes plyometric training? Should you be incorporating […]

Don’t Leave Yourself Hamstrung…

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By Paul Parker BSc(Hons) MSc Intro The hamstring. Why do they even matter? Evidence suggests that in field based sports, hamstring injury accounts for the highest proportion of soft-tissue related injuries, ranging from minor strains causing a loss of training days, to high grade tears and ruptures, which can lead to a much larger stint […]

Strength Training for Runners

Running

By Paul Parker BSc(Hons) MSc Strength Training, and Running. Two things that a lot of people seem to think paradoxical, and that the last place a runner needs to be seen to improve their performance is in the gym. This myth however, is being well and truly quashed by many of the worlds’ most successful […]