The Hinge and your golf swing

The hinge movement I’m referring to is that of hip flexion and the movement should occur without any movement in the spine whether at the lumbar, thoracic or cervical areas. So when we hinge the torso should be fixed and all the movement should occur at the hips. In the picture below Adam Scott has gone from a more flexed position through the lumbar and thoracic area with an extended cervical position to having a more neutral position. Continue reading “The Hinge and your golf swing”

Managing injuries

First and foremost when trying to manage an injury we need to find out what it is. Whether you’re a runner, golfer, footballer, rugby player or any other sport there is generally plenty of advice and suggestions online on how to treat the symptoms that you have. This can be helpful in allowing you to function until you get treatment and perhaps continue to train but unless you’re very lucky the chances of your self diagnosis being correct are slim. This is where coming to see us at Performance Sports Therapy fits into your return to activity as our job is to help identify what the injury is and, perhaps more importantly, what caused it.  Continue reading “Managing injuries”

Do not go gentle into that good night: Exercising as we age

Keeping moving as we age is much more important than is often given consideration too and it is often just accepted that as we get older we can do and will do less. From our 30’s we start to lose muscle mass, medically known as sarcopenia, at a rate of up to 3-5% per decade in those who are physically inactive. So given that most people have sedentary jobs, if you buy into the idea that as you get older you can do less then it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy, especially where the accepted inactivity alongside the sedentary job push us towards the 3-5% figure. Continue reading “Do not go gentle into that good night: Exercising as we age”

Injury Prevention

Often in pursuit of our training goals we spend too much time training too hard chasing after a particular time, distance or weight and not enough time laying the groundwork that would help achieve these goals. To help avoid injury in your training take your foot of the gas for most of the year and just pick 2 or 3 6 week periods to really go after it can help the process of achieving these goals whilst avoiding injury. That doesn’t mean your not looking for improvement for most of the year you are just not chasing after it. Continue reading “Injury Prevention”

A strategy for dealing with aches and pains

In our goal of moving better and dealing with the aches and pains that come from work, training and life in general I often hear that X worked when I tried it but the problem came back. This something that often is said regarding soft tissue work you can do at home such as stretching, foam rolling/ other self MFR techniques or even work carried out by a manual therapist/physiotherapist. Often what is forgotten is that these techniques or treatments are designed to help improve range of movement and tissue quality but you need to “own” this newly created movement by using it and often by re-patterning our movement. If you simply treat the area then go back to using it just as you did before then it’s hardly surprising that the relief was only temporary. Continue reading “A strategy for dealing with aches and pains”

Helping yourself

I read a great Gray Cook quote courtesy of Bret Contreras and ties in well with the link I put up on Facebook the other week from Eric Cressey regarding some drills to help work on improving mobility.

“When someone’s back hurts they don’t want to blame their lifestyle, fitness level, or daily patterns. Instead, they want to blame their back pain on starting the lawn mower last week, which, in reality, is probably just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Human beings live under the philosophy of, “I have a snowball and I have to throw it at someone.” No one wants to take responsibility.” Continue reading “Helping yourself”