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All Ireland 2014.

You know, it’s not the things that you would imagine are the things that you take from a day like the 7th Spetember 2014. All Ireland day. The pinnacle. The ultimate aim for any professional working in Irish sport, any GAA person and especially any Tipperary fanatic ….. and I am lucky enough to be in a position to tick all three of those boxes simultaneously.
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Predicting Injury; Functional Movement Screening

Although us physiotherapists are pretty good at treating injuries, our main goal is to prevent them happening in the first place. Physiotherapists the world over are using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) as a predictor of injury in all levels of sport! And if it’s good enough for elite athletes it’s good enough for me! The functional movement screen is a tool used to identify injury susceptibility. It is an individual screen, particularly used in pre-season, to help identify players with poor movement patterns and asymmetries, which are associated with an increased risk of injury.
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Strength training for runners…..what’s the evidence?

Strength training for runners…..what’s the evidence?? It would seem logical to me as a runner, and as a chartered Physiotherapist, that strength training would minimise injury and enhance performance, however the science is lacking. And these days it’s all about the science! The following two papers lend support to the role to strengthening in terms of injury prevention and performance enhancement.
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Foot strike….fore foot, mid foot, heel strike, does it really matter?

I’ve been spending a lot of time online recently, reading about foot strike in runners….I realise this makes me sound quite sad! But there is so much information out there, with some fantastic online contributions from experts in the area. So to offer a little summary of what the current consensus is, I’ve decided to write this week’s blog on foot strike…watch out exciting stuff ahead!
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Ne-nagh ne-nagh…here comes the POLICE!! (Acute injury management)

If you’re about to embark on a running adventure this weekend then it may be a good idea to keep POLICE in mind! You can leave your handcuffs at home, we’re talking about the management of acute injuries! The acronym POLICE stands for Protect, Optimally Load, Ice, Elevate and Compress. Used in the acute stage of injury, these will help reduce pain and speed up recovery. Useful to remember if you pick up an injury when there’s no chartered physiotherapist about.
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What are the best exercises I can do at home?

In the final blog of the series on exercise in the active retired population I will look at simple effective exercises that you can perform at home which will enable you to stay fit, strong and healthy. As always it is important to state that any new undertaking as regards exercise needs to be preceded by a visit to your GP to ensure that you will not put yourself in any danger.
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How hard should I push it?

It’s vitally important when doing aerobic exercise (running, walking, cycling, etc.) to know how much is too much and especially so when you are older. The mind may be willing but what the body can cope with is a different story. It’s this factor that has been shown to be one of the primary factors which prevents older adults from participating in exercise. The aim of this blog is to teach you how to monitor the intensity of your aerobic training and explain to you the different ways of doing this.
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Strengthening in Relation to the Older Adult.

As people get older things slow down on several levels. If left unchecked the rate of decline can be quite steep. This can result in diminished ability to perform functional tasks and an increased rate of falls. Research has shown that a major factor associated with the risk of falls is strength. A misconception exists that older people cannot make strength gains. Loss of strength in older people is called sarcopenia. Resistance exercise can slow the loss of muscle strength in older adults but the vast majority of older adults do not engage in this form of exercise as they are afraid that they will cause themselves injury and they are not fully aware of the potential benefits.
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Active Retired Blog – the benefits of staying fit as we get older.

For our July series of blogs we are going to switch themes again. Our aim each month is to give you a taste of what physiotherapy, and our clinic in particular, has to offer different client groups. Our blog series for July will focus on the older individual. This is especially important in Ireland at present as statistics show that our population is aging. 11% of our population is over 65 now and by 2041 it is predicted that this will have doubled to 22%. Trends show that over the same period the number of people over 85 years old will have quadrupled. It follows that the incidence of chronic illness will rise dramatically and hence the cost of care for this section of society will follow suit.
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When can I return to exercise after childbirth?

Here is our final blog in this Women’s Health series with Eimear Lynch. It is a huge area of physiotherapy and one which we will certainly return to at a later date. The purpose of this series was to give you a taste of what physiotherapy has to offer ladies with these issues. Below Eimear outlines three simple tests to help you gauge whether you are ready to begin exercising again after child birth.
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