Endurance training sweet spot

We’ve talked about this topic before in this post but this article from Running Reform is worth checking out. Looking at what you are really trying to achieve in your training and why avoiding the middle ground paces in training is much more likely to help rather than hinder your performance.

Earning range of movement

The Gait Guys make some good points in this post re: short term improvements in ROM. Bottom line is that you can easily create short term improvement but there can be a price for it if you haven’t added in the ability to safely use the movement. Which is to say we have the ability to go to end range without the risk of hurting ourselves which you may not have with the ROM that you gain through some of the quick fixes you can use.  If you have range of movement issues it is likely to be a more complex issue and simply “flossing” to gain the movement is not the solution. This is not to say the bands are useless more that you need to think more about the why so that how you get there is more effective and long lasting.

Control ain’t the goal

When we injure ourselves we will see a reduction in our movement capacity in the area until things are back to normal. Hopefully with good rehab this will be a short period of restricted movement as we rebuild the capacity of the injured area to move. During the initial period we do see more control over the area as we do not want to re-injure it but long term this isn’t a valid option, what we require is more movement or a greater capacity/range of movement that we can move through without injuring ourselves. We need to practice as rich and varied range of movement as we can in order to fully recover from injuries and aid in helping avoid them in the future. Yes we require stability but we also need movement a graded approach to this can help ensure that we overcome the fear of movement and allow us to build our movement capacity. Our DMS rehab and the Dynamic Movement Skills work itself are both great tools to help with this.

This article by Joanne Elphinston is a nice read covering the subject.

Injury prevention and management

This is a good article, with lots of references so you can do some further reading if you wish, on Injury prevention and management.

Two take away points were;
In summary

· SS(static stretching) does not appear to reduce injury risk and any effect on earlier return to sport is of marginal clinical significance.

· In contrast, a graduated strength training program appears to significantly reduce injury risk and significantly reduce the time to return to sport after injury.

Injury prevention and management among athletic populations




Over on Facebook we’ve been sharing a lot of links lately about different aspects of pain as we feel that understanding the mechanisms of why we hurt is incredibly important. The more we know about these the the greater the chances of being able to deal with more chronic issues and help prevent acute injuries becoming chronic ones. So you can expect more in the future as we look to expand your ,and our, knowledge about it.

So here’s one of the posts from earlier this week. It’s a link to a blog post over at the Running Physio which is aimed at runners but contains some great information that is useful for everybody. Pain in runners: why do I hurt?



More moving in the morning

A few weeks ago I mentioned Ryan DeBell at The Movement Fix putting together a simple set of movements/exercises to help you prepare for the day ahead. Taking nothing away from the ideas that Ryan put on the video but perhaps building on  them we can, in some ways, simplify things further. Rather than looking at a set of different movement drills we can look at the simple act of getting up and down off the floor and the different aspects of it. As it provides a rich variety of movements getting up off the floor, and back down, provides great stimulation to the brain and how it is involved in helping us move well. Continue reading “More moving in the morning”

Do you sit too much?

There have been quite a number of blog posts, and here’s another, about the effects of sitting for long periods on our health, the one I came across today was referencing a paper which talked about how sedentary behavior is detrimental to our cardiovascular health. The paper talks about how being more active through the day can aid our well being alongside regular exercise and discusses how simply getting up and moving around regularly through the day can help along with going for a short walk during breaks. Continue reading “Do you sit too much?”

Moving in the morning

Ryan DeBell over at The Movement Fix has started his Moving in the Morning series which will run through July providing some great ideas for starting the day. I think it is really worth checking these videos out and giving the ideas a try.