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
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
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
It’s 5:25am and I’m already on my second coffee. The agonising wails of my teething 10 month old has the whole family up an hour already. Proper up. Not to mention attending to two ‘wee-wee’s’ during the night, only one of which was legit. The other was a false alarm or in other words a way of getting… Continue reading Making Time for Sleep and Recovery
400 metres to go. The shore was in sight. This was further than I’d ever swam before in either open water or the pool. The first 200 metres during the mass start had left me traumatised. Swimming being referred to as a non contact sport is clearly a misconception, certainly with triathlon with countless kicks to the… Continue reading Tri staying injury free in the water this season
-“Dock leaf, dock leaf in and out. Take the sting of the nettle out. Ok is it better now?”. -“No. What about you maybe kiss it better Daddy??” -“Ok. Mmmmwahhhh!!!. Well? Better now?” I’m sure my 2 1/2 year old boy Charlie has an idea in his head of what I do as a physiotherapist. He does… Continue reading Can we rub the pain away?
Hover boards. Hand held tablet computers. Wireless video games. Video conferencing. Wide screen TV’s, wall mounted no less. All things that in 1989 when watching ‘Back to the Future II’ were unimaginable. But these are just some of the things that have actually happened since then (yes even hover boards). Many of us on a… Continue reading The Running Technology Boom