Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham’

Olympic Athlete hopefuls visit Solihull Running Injury Clinic

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Meghan Beesley and Nathan Woodward with Solihull Physiotherapist

 

Two Elite UKA athletes visit solihull physiotherapist John Williams and his team at Solihull running Injury Clinic.  Meghan Beesley and Nathan Woodward have a long relationship with Atlas Pain Relief Centre who have supported the  two athletes since they were teenagers.

Now hoping for selection for the 2012 London Olympic Games the two will be well supported in their efforts to put local athletes on the map

www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk  is a useful website if you are a runner and want injury advice or book an appointment for treatment on 0121 745 8792

London Marathon Injury Advice from Birmingham Sports Injury Clinic

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

As the spring marathon and road running season approaches, here at the Atlas Sports Injury Clinic we are again treating an increasing number of lower limb injuries.  Our website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk is packed with injury information and advice and well worth a visit.

Many runners, either new to the sport or stepping up to longer distances will experience aches and pains in their legs.

Pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Listen to your body and if needs be, act on it!

Any type of training can cause aches and pains in the muscles. The term Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is a normal response as damaged muscle fibres repair themselves after training. Typically this can leave muscles feeling tender one or two days following a training session. Depending on how tough the training session was, the pain generally eases within a few days.

An injury is typically an ache or pain that does not go away and causes you to either reduce your training or stop altogether. One of the most common injuries we address in the clinic is Medial Tibial Stress syndrome (MTSS).

Below is a general overview of the injury:

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

What is it?   

Shin splints is the term used to describe a group of lower leg injuries.  One specific type of shin pain is medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) and is one of the most common causes of exercise related lower leg pain. 

The pain of MTSS commonly occurs along the inside of the lower half of the shin bone (the tibia). Long term repetitive sports activities cause excessive stress and strain around the location where the sheath covering the posterior tibialis muscle attaches to the shin bone.

Who does it affect?

As well as athletes, the injury can occur in any physically active persons. On the whole it is usually seen in runners. The injury rate tends to be higher in females. 

Other sports in which athletes are most commonly affected usually involve running and jumping i.e. gymnastics, long jumping, basketball and volleyball.   

What are the common symptoms?

The most common symptom is pain and tenderness along the inside of the lower half of the shin. 

Pain occurs at the beginning of a run but may ease off after a while only to recur at the end of the run.

The pain is made worse by repetitive weight bearing activities. 

Some swelling may be felt along the shin.

What should I do if I have medial tibial stress syndrome? 

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above:

See a Sports Podiatrist as soon as possible. They will be able to assess and diagnose the problem and advise on the best course of treatment. 

If treated early, you can avoid any long term problems and damage and return to training sooner. 

An accurate diagnosis from a health professional is essential as this is also a common location of stress fractures of the tibia.

Alter your training to active rest as much as possible, avoiding high impact activities. You can maintain a level of fitness with low impact activities such as cycling and swimming. 

Treat the area with ice on a regular basis.

How can it be prevented?

Make sure you are wearing the right footwear for you feet and your sport, a Sports Podiatrist can help with advice.

Regular, correct calf stretching can help. Tight calf muscles may contribute to the development of MTSS. Tightness or shortness in these muscles can reduce ankle joint movement, affect foot function and can reduce shock absorption when the foot strikes the ground.

Mix up the surfaces you train on, softer, off road surfaces will reduce some of the repetitive impact of running.

Make sure any increase in mileage or intensity is gradual – allow your body to adapt to what you are asking it to do.

 

What can a Sports Podiatrist do?

A common factor found in MTSS is flat or low arched feet. A Sports Podiatrist can assess the alignment of your foot and leg when standing, walking and running, and determine whether the injury is due to faulty foot and/or lower limb biomechanics: In which case you may be advised on the benefits of wearing foot orthotics in your shoes. 

Orthotics can improve the position, function and efficiency of the foot, which may help to reduce the stress and pain along the shin caused by MTSS. 

A Sports Podiatrist can also advise on an appropriate sports shoe and a muscle stretching programme to address any muscle imbalances or tightness you may have.

Contact our running injury clinic for an appointment by telephoning 01827 59943

 

 

 

 

Solihull physiotherapist treats Elite Athlete Nathan Woodward

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Nathan in action

Solihull sports Injury Clinic provide sports massage and physiotherapy for elite athlete Nathan Woodward.  Nathan who is aiming to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games has been looked after by Solihull Physiotherapist John Williams for the last 6 years in preparation for this event.  John has sponsored Nathan in order to provide prevention from sports injuries.

The Atlas Sports Injury Clinic in Hall Green Birmingham is frequented by many runners and elite athletes and is open for business to any type of sporting injury.

Visit the website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk  or telephone 01827 59943 for an appointment

Solihull Running Injury Clinic Podiatrist debates Runners Technique

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Heel strike or Midfoot strike discussed by Solihull Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor.  www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

The recent trend for runners to attempt to alter their running style would seem to be causing as many injury problems as it professes to save. During the past 12 months or so, here in the Atlas Running Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham, we have seen an increasing number of lower limb injuries (generally calf or achilles tendonitis) arising from runners deciding to, or being advised to change their natural running style from heel strike to mid or forefoot strike.

For a good while now, many running ‘experts’ have been preaching that running with a heel strike is the cause of many injuries, and is a less efficient way of running. Trying to come up with any scientific evidence to support this theory proves to be very difficult and as world renowned Sports Podiatrist and Biomechanist Kevin Kirby quotes. “I’m sure that some runners will run better with instruction to strike forefoot first, but most of the studies that have looked at running efficiency seem to indicate that the greatest metabolic efficiency for a runner is at their self selected stride”.

So does it not make sense that a runner will naturally find his/her most efficient style of running with increased training and experience rather than altering their style. When injury free, your body will naturally move in its most metabolically efficient manner. Consciously attempting to alter that will lead to an increase in metabolic cost and an earlier onset of muscle fatigue.

Research suggests that around 85% of runners are heel strikers. As speed increases, most runners will change from heel to midfoot strike and then forefoot strike when sprinting – again a natural adaptation to gain efficiency. But, for the majority of long distance runners out there training at a slower pace, mid foot striking is not a natural style of running. Therefore, heel striking is a more efficient, pain free way to run.

More running injuries are being seen by our physiotherapists because of runners attempting to alter the natural way they run.  look at our very own marathon champion Paula, how many people have suggested she should stop the head nodding I wonder?  Leave her alone and if things are not broken, stop trying to fix it!

 

Advice on running injuries can be obtained by visiting the website or booking an appointment at our Birmingham or Tamworth running injury clinic 01827 59943

 

Physiotherapist Vacancy at Solihull Birmingham Sports Injury Clinic

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Physiotherapist vacancy at the Atlas Sports Injury Clinic.  Applicants should be comfortable treating acute and chronic back pain and have some knowledge of sports injuries.  Training can be provided for suitable candidates.  The Physiotherapy vacancies at Atlas for registered physiotherapists offer the opportunity to work alongside  an osteopath, physiotherapist, acupuncturist and podiatrist as well as a sports massage therapist as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  Atlas have an excellent well established running injury clinic in Birmingham

Runners with London Marathon 2011 Charity Places face dilemma

Friday, January 28th, 2011

2011 London Marathon runners with a charity place need to make sure they do not get injured during their 2011 London Marathon training programme.  After Christmas the mileage begins to increase as you get closer to the race in April. This is where injuries tend to develop and need attention.

This is a crucial time in the marathon runners training programme and as such any running injury will set you back at an important time.  More importantly if you have raised money and have sponsors for a charity place then you need to complete the race in order to collect the sponsorship money for your chosen charity.

Running injuries are common with high mileage training and can be minor to severe in nature.  Most importantly you should get niggles checked early before it develops into something more serious.  Early intervention might make the difference between success and failure to the marathon runner.

Common running injuries include hip pain, achilles tendonitis, shinsplints, knee pain, blisters, plantar fasciitis and calf strains.  Tight IT bands, runners knee and tendonitis can all cause problems and stop you running if not treated early.

Information on running injuries can be found on the website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk  and the Solihull Sports Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham have a dedicated running injury team of sports physiotherapists,sports therapists and sports massage therapists.

Sports massage helps you recover quicker from long training runs and is an opportunity to uncover potential injuries during the massage.  Stretching is very important as is often overlooked by runners.

Prescription orthotic foot insoles and biomechanical evaluations are available for runners that overpronate and suffer overpronation symptoms.  The sports podiatrist will evaluate your gait and biomechanics and supply you with an orthotic device to correct your overpronation problem.

Birmingham runners can visit Atlas Sports Injury Clinic for sports massage, physiotherapy and sports injury treatment.  Telephone 0121 745 8792

Atlas will keep you running!

London Marathon Training Programme needs to include Sports Massage states Solihull Physiotherapist.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Solihull Physiotherapist John Williams is a firm believer that regular sports massage assists recovery of leg muscles after a long training run.  Lactic acid can build up in the calf, quads and hamstring muscles and bring on soreness and aching which makes further training an effort.

John who is the clinic director of the Atlas Sports Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham is supported by another Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor at their specialist Running Injury Clinic.

They have a dedicated running injury website for tips and injury advice

www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk Appointments can be made by telephoning 01827 59943

The clinic boasts a top flight female sports massage therapist that has been on tour in the far east with Lord of the Dance.  As a special offer Atlas is providing a sports massage promotion for runners which would benefit the 2011 London Marathon runners.

Regular sports massage during your London Marathon training runs will help avoid injury, loosen tight muscles by stretching them and increase the circulation of blood and lymph, removing waste products such as lactic acid.

Physiotherapy in Solihull by our experienced team of Solihull Sports Physiotherapists will ensure you get back running quickly following a training injury.

Winter running training tips from Birmingham runner

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Winter Running can be difficult and advice from veteran runner Peter Taylor of Atlas Sports Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham may be useful.

Visit the running injury website for advice on running injuries www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

Peter heads the Atlas Running Injury Clinic where he treats running injuries and advises on injury prevention.  Peter is a Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Podiatrist with many years experience as a top runner himself.

 Winter Running – The onset of dark winter nights, and cold, wet weather is often the time when a runners spirit is dampened and the enthusiasm for training is somewhat diminished.

The thought of having to drag yourself out in the cold and wet conditions day after day quickly becomes less attractive than sitting in the warm, watching the telly.  Before you know it,  all the benefits gained from the hard work done during the spring, summer and autumn start to dwindle away.

But don’t despair; winter training has its advantages. OK there may be days when underfoot conditions i.e. ice, frost, wet leaves, may not be conducive to running faster sessions (repetitions/fartlek), but now is the time to build up base mileage and aerobic fitness.

Use the winter months to build up strength and stamina. If you have planned a spring half or full marathon now is the time to build on the regular long runs.

Go ‘off road’ it’s a great way to break the monotony of routine road runs. Use the countryside or local parks.

Running over parkland and countryside can be exhilarating, in a heavy frost or snow fall there is nothing better, fresh air, fantastic scenery, no traffic.

Off road running can also be a great training aid, softer surfaces and undulating ground will help strengthen the legs for later ventures on the road. Your foot plant will change with every step due to the uneven terrain – this will help strengthen muscles in the lower limbs.

Holding momentum over uneven, soft surfaces is harder work than road running. So don’t worry that your stopwatch is indicating that your pace is down.

Use these sessions to focus on your running form and get the sense of freedom from running on the countryside.

Winter Races                              

Although during the winter there tends to be fewer running events on the calender, there are some regularly held runs.

‘Parkrun’ stage weekly 5km runs on a nationwide basis. These are free to enter, timed runs, held every Saturday at 9.00am. Visit the ‘parkrun’ website to register.

Locally we are blessed with runs at two locations – Brueton Park, Solihull and the War Memorial Park in Coventry.

Centurion Running Club stage their winter ‘grand prix’ in North Solihull on the first Sunday of the month from November to April over a 5 mile course.

Running over a set course every month or so is a great way of gauging your level of fitness and/or progress.

Winter tips

Join your local jogging/running club or try to run with friends. Arranging to meet up with someone gets you out of the door, when you may be more inclined to give training a miss and stay indoors.

Stay safe. If you’re running in the dark make sure you have plenty of reflective panels on your clothing, to enable you to be seen by motorists.

Clothing check list.

Wear a base layer to take moisture away from the skin.

Use the ‘onion’ system to keep warm, wear plenty of layers of clothing.

A lightweight, breathable waterproof will keep the wind and rain out.

Consider ‘trail’ shoes for more grip when running off road.

Overall enjoy your training and remember, “train hard- win easy”

Sports Therapy advanced training opportunity

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

 

Atlas Sports Therapy Training Programme

 One to one training opportunity in Sports Injuries and musculo-skeletal therapy.

12 months full time shadowing and training with Sports physiotherapist and Osteopath where you will receive instruction in diagnosing sports injuries and musculo-skeletal back pain conditions.

 This is an opportunity to undergo an “on the job” skills training programme where you will be given instruction on how to be a competent musculo-skeletal practitioner.

• You will need a qualification that enables you to obtain insurance to work on people.

• Be prepared to undertake long hours of training.

 • Demonstrate the desire to become a full time musculo-skeletal practitioner who can operate as part of a team.

This is a unique training opportunity where you will shadow and learn how to perform all the skills necessary to work in a Pain Relief Centre and Sports Injury Clinic.

 Atlas will offer graduates that demonstrate the appropriate attitude and skills, a full time employment offer on completion of their training.

 Non refundable training fee of £3000 for 12 months training must be paid in advance.

Contact details can be found on our website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

Please note – This is for serious students who want to find work.

Atlas Solihull Birmingham Running Sports Injury Clinic can be found on “Runners World” website

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Lichfield 10k

Runners World UK website now has the Atlas Running Injury Clinic from Solihull Birmingham listed under the Runners Rescue heading.

Atlas have recently launched a new website of their own www.londonmarathon-runninginjuryclinics.co.uk in support of the Virgin London Marathon runners.

Runners who have London Marathon Charity Places, running for charities or are running to complete a personal challenge can all access the website for free and take advantage of marathon training tips and advice as well as obtaining marathon training programmes.

The website aims to provide local sports injury clinics with the opportunity to register on the website for free and assist the Marathon runners with their running training injuries.  Clinics that offer prescription orthotics for runners can also register.

Atlas treat runners from all over the UK and runners from the Lichfield area who run the Lichfield 10k race are local to the Tamworth, Staffordshire Clinic. The Birmingham half marathon is a local run that is supported by the Solihull Birmingham Clinic.

Visit our running injury website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk