“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

We all remember those early days in a relationship. Long walks together with close intimate contact. It felt right paired up with this attractive ‘model’ most guys dreamed of having. To onlookers it probably looked like the perfect match but below the surface there were problems beginning to emerge. What started as some minor nagging… Continue reading “Parting is such sweet sorrow”

Glutes are key! No Butts About It

I like big butts and I cannot lie, a common ground both I and 1990’s American rapper Sir-Mix-a-Lot clearly share. But what interests me with the human derriére is far more than its aesthetically pleasing values. The role the gluteal muscles play in our everyday and sporting lives has become more and more evident as research emerges (you other… Continue reading Glutes are key! No Butts About It

A healthy, injury free 2017

Motivation is at an all time high. This is the year (again): ‘Couch to 5k’ programmes, attractive gym offers, adventure races, triathlons, your imminent return to team sport after retiring 5 years ago, another long distance endurance event to chalk off the list. We’re all in the same boat with personal goals whatever they may… Continue reading A healthy, injury free 2017

You Deserve Some Truth about Back Pain

I came across a startling statistic recently that surprised and also angered me a little bit, and I’m not easily angered. Only 7% of people who attend their GP with back pain will get referred to a physiotherapist. Now I always struggled a bit with maths but doesn’t that leave 93%? So what happens them?… Continue reading You Deserve Some Truth about Back Pain

Chartered Physio comes up Trumps

Who to choose? They both make promises and do agree on certain issues but still they have very different ideas on very important agendas. Some obvious, others subtle little differences. One is female, the other male. One promises to work together to break down barriers, the other assures you they will eradicate the problem, create boundaries… Continue reading Chartered Physio comes up Trumps

Nothing ‘Hip’ about FAI

You’ve just spent 70 minutes turning this way and that, jumping, landing, twisting, evading your opponent, accelerating, decelerating. Your hips feel stiff and sore afterwards. They always are after tough games such as this one. On the way home in the car and getting out of bed the next morning is a struggle. Throughout the next day… Continue reading Nothing ‘Hip’ about FAI

Taper Time

This year I find myself one week before the Dublin marathon with a longer tapering period than usual. Inadequate recovery, poor sleep are both well established risk factors for injury and while I haven’t suffered a musculoskeletal injury (yet) my chest and throat and voice box have taken a hammering. I haven’t ran in 2 weeks… Continue reading Taper Time