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KT Kinesio Tape, the Evidence for and uses of the Coloured Elastic Athletic Tape as seen at London 2012

Many athletes at London 2012 were seen sporting a variety of coloured tape on their bodies’.  It is a highly elastic athletic tape known as KT, Kinesio or Kinesology tape and the manufacturers claim that it supports injured muscles and joints and relieves pain by lifting the skin to allow increased blood and lymph …

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The Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Injuries in Paddle Sports

Following on from our recent article on shoulder dislocation when kayaking the next article in the paddle sports series focus on the rotator cuff and shoulder overuse injuries.  Perhaps less feared than shoulder dislocation in canoeists and kayakers, overuse injuries and rotator cuff tendonopathy can still …

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Wish Your Spine a Very Merry Christmas

All too often the combination of unusual activity, heavy shopping, cleaning, lifting and twisting, perhaps sprinkled with a dose of muscle relaxing alcohol, leaves a lasting memory after Christmas not of pleasant times with the family but of excruciating back pain. Here are Physiobench’s tips to make sure you

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Shoulder Injury in Canoeing. The Feared Shoulder Dislocation

Normally caused by poor technique shoulder dislocation is the most feared of shoulder canoeing injuries. The fact that the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body means that it has less inherent stability. Positions where the arm is above shoulder level, taken backwards and then force applied are …

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Recovery after Hip Replacement

Hip replacement is a routine and very successful operation. 80,000 hip replacements are carried out each year in England and Wales and the vast majority of people will be very happy with their new hip.  Recovery after hip replacement can be enhanced by appropriate hip replacement exercises. In the first few …

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Common Climbing Finger Injuries

Injury to the A2 pulley, underneath which the finger flexor tendons pass, is an injury seen almost exclusively in rock climbers. Two articles have been published in the medical press,  from which many climbers have drawn the conclusion that taping fingers has no role to play in the prevention of, or recovery from A2 pulley […]

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Tick Bite Prevention Week

The first sunny weekend of the year sees us reaching for the shorts, t shirts and sun cream, but those of us doing any outdoor activity must also remember to check afterwards to make sure that we haven’t picked us any ticks. These little mites latch onto exposed flesh to feed on the host’s blood, […]

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Low Back Pain a Common Golf Injury

Golf is often considered to be a gentle and thus injury free sport, but a survey in the British Journal of  Sports Medicine revealed that 57% of amateur golfers in the UK will suffer from a golf related injury.  Low back pain is the most common golf injury Analysis of common …

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Setting a SMART New Year Resolution

Will you be setting an ordinary New Year Resolution tomorrow with a 75% chance that it will have been forgotten by the end of January or will you be setting a SMART New Year Resolution to improve your chances of success in life change?

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7 Christmas Present Ideas for Kids to Keep them Fit for the Future

7 Christmas present ideas for kids that are both fun and will keep them fit for the future. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy says that in order to stay healthy children should get at least 60 minutes exercise a day, these Christmas present ideas for kids will give hours of fun without them even realising […]

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