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How to Build a Stretching Routine That Works For You

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

 Build a Stretching Routine That Works For You.   Fitness isn't just about being slim, or having well defined muscles. Just like eating a balanced diet, you also need a balanced fitness regime - and stretching is right at the heart of it! So what makes a person physically fit? Well, it's a combination of flexibility, strength, power, speed, endurance, balance, co-ordination, agility and skill. Too much of one thing is no good if you ignore all the rest. Take American Football, or Rugby, for example. Both sports rely heavily on strength and power. However, if they don't combine these disciplines...

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Soccer Related Injuries - Know Your Anatomy

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

 Dani Marks - Pre-Match Preparation Exercises   Approximately 280,000 athletes were treated in hospital emergency rooms for soccer-related injuries in 2018, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Already the most popular international team sport, soccer continues to gain popularity in the United States. With more people playing soccer, it is not surprising that the number of soccer-related injuries is increasing — particularly as children get older and their level of play intensifies. Sprains and strains, often around the knee and ankle, are very common in soccer. Player collisions — either full body or kick collisions — can cause a...

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Performance Therapy - Hip Adductors

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  Treating the Hip Adductors - Stuart Hinds     Don't ignore tightness, restriction, and overload in the hip adductors Whilst this is especially relevant to athletes and those who regularly participate in sport, the same conditions can arise from activities related to occupations and even common activities such as gardening or sitting crossed legged for extended periods.      So try not to ignore your adductors/abductors. Where possible, develop a stretching program that includes the muscles that contract and stretch your inner thighs, as well as those that help your hip abductors both stabilize the pelvis and move the leg out to the side....

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Hip Adductors

Posted by Julian Knight on

  Treating the hip adductors - Stuart Hinds   The adductor magnus is the largest of the adductor muscle group, which also includes the adductor brevis and adductor longus. The adductor longus is the most anterior of the three. The adductor brevis lies anterior to the adductor magnus. The lateral border of the upper fibers of the adductor longus form the medial border of the femoral triangle (the sartorius forms the lateral boundary; the inguinal ligament forms the superior boundary).   Adductor Magnus - Common Trigger Point Sites       Adductor Brevis and Adductor Longus - Common Trigger Point...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Soccer Injuries

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  Treating Gastro/Soleus - Stuart Hinds   Wherever you live or work as a therapist, you are probably surrounded by 100's/1000's of youths who play soccer! Quite a number of massage / manual therapists have built successful practices by fine tuning their skills to treat common soccer injuries. Soccer players are uniquely susceptible to muscle strains and ligament sprains due to the quick changes in direction, lateral movements, pivoting and the rapid accelerations and decelerations involved in the sport. The ankles, hamstrings, adductors (groin) and other muscles around the hip and thigh are particularly susceptible.    Most Common Soccer Injuries (Source:...

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