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Strength training for youths

Here's our strength and conditioning coach, Gordon Mowat with a comprehensive guide for parents and athletes alike about what strength training is for youths. How young is too young to introduce strength training to children? Will strength training stunt growth? These are common questions which can often place barriers in the way of young athlete’s sporting progress. It is important to understand what strength training means, and how it may look for a young athlete...

Training for a 10k, half marathon or marathon ? How to stay injury free and improve your performance.

Here's what our clinic's strength and conditioning coach, Gordon Mowat's top tips to staying injury free and improving your performance when training for longer distance running events. Running is one of the most accessible methods of improving fitness, all you need is a pair of trainers and a motive. It is made all the more simple with a growing number of easy to follow programmes, such as the NHS couch to 5k programme and...

Personalised Integrative Sports Nutrition Now available at Physio Inverness

Scientific evidence has clearly demonstrated that the food we eat each day has effects on our energy level, mood, how we look and feel, the capacity of our body to guard against and fight disease and our ability to move effectively and ultimately attain our sporting and exercise goals. As each one of us is biochemically unique, a ‘one size fits all’ nutritional approach cannot work for everyone. Therefore, a personalised sports nutrition programme could...

Strength & Conditioning coaching now available at Physio Inverness

There is a common misconception that strength training is only for those looking to change their body shape or for the athletic population aiming to gain an edge over their opponents. This is far from the truth, strength training is for everybody regardless of age, gender, injury history or body type, everyone can benefit from increasing their strength and enhancing their movement quality. Exercise looks different for everyone and the pursuit of fitness takes many...

Running – let’s get started for 2018!

Clinic physiotherapist, Claire gives us her top tips for starting running: –So the new year has arrived and THIS is the year that you are going to start running!.The beauty of using running as a way of staying fit is that it is free, can be done at any time of the day, and is an activity that can be started at any age. All you need to get started is a good pair of...

Ice or Heat on an injury – which is best?

When should you use Ice or Heat on an injury? Ice is for injuries — and calms down inflamed, red, hot and swollen tissues. The inflammatory process after injury is a normal process which is often painful. Icing is simple way of dulling the discomfort which then can assist in a smooth return to sport. Ice is likely to work well for superficial injury such as muscle strain or IT band sydrome because the ice...

An injury is an opportunity to improve performance

Physiotherapist Sean Webb shares his positive outlook on injuries… Can you improve your performance whilst injured? An injury can be an opportunity. It can give you time to work on other areas and come back stronger and faster! There a number of elements you may want to think about when injured which may make you better after the injury has healed. Set Goals This may be an opportunity to work on another element of your...

Back pain – myth busting!

Listen to our physiotherapist Claire busting a few myths about back pain… Many people book in to see physiotherapists with back pain. Everyone will experience back pain at least once in their life. It can be debilitating and at times frightening. This blog aims to demystify back pain and to correct some myths that exist around back pain and how it is best managed. 1. MOVING WILL MAKE MY BACKPAIN WORSE Following an episode of...

Minimising the impact of injuries

Ankle and knee sprains are common occurrence for sportsman of any level. If managed and treated correctly from the outset they do not need to be injuries that last for months and finishes your footballing career before it begins! PRICE Protection Rest Ice Compression ElevationImportant within the first 72 hours Protection of the damaged ligament is important in the initial few days. This can be done through using crutches, strapping or in extreme cases using...

Avoiding Overtraining

Training is a fine balance between pushing the body hard enough so that it will adapt without going to the point of “burned out” which is a sign of overtraining. Overtraining results in poor performance and injury risk. Athletes often find themselves treading a fine line between intensive training and inadequate recovery which could, if left unchecked, result in overtraining. Signs of overtraining As individuals, athletes tolerate different levels of training, competition and stress at...