of Stretching on Sports Injury Risk: A Systematic Review of the Literature", Thacker found that i) stretching does increase flexibility; ii) this does not necessarily prevent injuries; iii) extreme flexibility only really helps in sports where it is needed (eg
It's a creeping dread for many triathletes. You run and run and run and then you slowly, reluctantly accept that you've stopped improving. And you know that if you push yourself any harder you're going to pick up an injury.Or perhaps you're already
aspects of your problem. And it would be wise to continue your stretching, particularly after exercise, to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness adding to the problem.Andrew Caldwell, chartered physiotherapist
for long periods with minimal fatigue. This is essential for the aesthetics youre talking about but more importantly for maintaining the dynamic control of your posture while running. This is vital for injury prevention as well as energy efficiency
. Cure Try preventive taping, or lube problem areas and keep feet dry. Wear socks made of moisture-wicking material, or thin, double-layer socks.
such as the US Pro Criterium Championships. "Pro riders give me lots of practice with road rash," she says. Here's her prescription for fast healing. First responseBefore sizing up skin loss, check for other injuries. "I've had riders come into the medical tent
Elite athletes have long sworn by rubdowns to aid recovery and help them feel fresh the day after intense training or a race. It's not likely that we need another reason to have a post-exercise massage, but researchers from Ohio State University in the US have given us one. In a ...
Q. Sometimes when I'm lifting weights I can feel my muscles 'shaking' and after some sessions they twitch intermittently. What is this?One of the key points here is that it is entirely normal for muscles to twitch - called fasciculation by doctors - after serious exercise, especi...
One of the great joys of triathlon is that it gives you the perfect excuse to travel all over the world to take part in races. But if you don't make plans and take precautions you can easily fall victim to sickness or injury and all your hard work
Dr Robert D’Ambrosia, co-author of Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries, who subscribes to the tight-hamstring-weak-quadriceps theory. "The knee is a hit taker," says Gary Gray, a physiotherapist who advocates a more holistic perspective
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