Entering a gym can be a daunting task with people’s main complaint being that they don’t feel confident in using the equipment in terms of what weight to use, how reps, how many sets etc. From a physiotherapists perspective, avoiding exercise is not very beneficial for injury rehabilitation or prevention (or performance enhancement)! Here is a quick rundown on the general principles of gym training.
here is a reason we spend approximately one third of our lives sleeping. It is a very important aspect of life and affects just about every biological system of the human body in one way or another. With that in mind it is still amazing how many people still deprive themselves of it. According to the Geneva Convention, sleep deprivation can be interpreted as a form of torture. So, it begs the question, why do we knowingly do it to ourselves?
Earlier this year, St Kilda football club’s caption, Jarryn Geary, sustained an innocuous quad corkie, which later developed into compartment syndrome requiring immediate emergency surgery. Compartment syndrome is a serious condition which can occur acutely or over time and often requires prompt medical attention. Do you know the signs and symptoms to look out for?
The ‘Thoracic Outlet’ describes the compression of nerves (brachial plexus), arteries and veins resulting in pain, and altered sensations in and around the neck, chest and shoulder area. This is a rare syndrome only affecting 8% of the population.
Prevention of an injury can be difficult as injury occurrence is usually a multi-modal. Extensive research has gone into the development of programs designed to address contributing factors of certain common injuries. Two common injury sites in sport are; groin and hamstring and both have been the subject of research articles investigating the efficacy of specific exercise intervention on prevention of injuries to those areas.
We use our hands repeatedly every day so it’s not surprising that sometimes we develop pain and discomfort in our fingers, wrists and forearms. Injuries in the wrist and hand can be caused due to traumatic events (e.g. a fall on an outstretched hand) or overuse, repetitive activities (e.g. computer use, racquet sports).
Finals time for most winter sports is fast approaching and from a physiotherapy perspective this is the time of year that we see a spike in sporting injuries. A lot of these injuries tend to be to parts of the body that have some sort of deficit, be it strength, length or control. It is quite hard to be able to identify these areas yourself and even physiotherapists would find it hard to accurate identify these deficits purely through observation.