Muscles and tendons

Hamstring injuries: treatment and prevention

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John Munroe explains how to deal with a hamstring strain Your hamstrings can be prone to strain, as many of you will know through painful, personal experience. This will especially be the case if you are involved in a dynamic sport that requires, for example, sprinting and kicking. However, the great news is that a... MORE

Back pain in cyclists: causes, treatment and prevention

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Alicia Filley looks at how to keep your back in top condition, paying special attention to the demands of cycling. Studies reveal that 60% to 80% of the general population experiences low back (lumbar) pain at some point in their lifetime(1). Despite their level of fitness, athletes are no exception and even elite cyclists show... MORE

Achilles tendon: muscle structure and injury rehabilitation

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  In previous articles, Matt Lancaster explored a range of training strategies to enhance running robustness and manage the often-difficult transition from injury back to full training. In the final article of this series he addresses the particular challenge of managing Achilles tendon injuries Tendon injuries constitute about 30% of all running injuries (1). For... MORE

Full guide to Achilles tendon injuries

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Achilles Tendonitis: symptoms, prevention techniques and treatments  What is the Achilles tendon? The Achilles tendon is situated above the heel and forms the lower part of the calf muscles. It is a continuation of the two calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, and it attaches to the heel bone. It is the strongest tendon... MORE

Achilles heel: your running technique is affected by the...

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Having a short Achilles tendon increases the risk of injury Having a short Achilles tendon may be an athlete’s Achilles heel. Clever runners are always trying to improve their running economy (the rate at which oxygen is used to run at a particular pace) because better economy (lower oxygen consumption) almost always translates into better... MORE

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