Using the FMS to Manage the Injury Risk of 19,000 First Responders

This Article published on the FMS website https://www.functionalmovement.com in the USA shows evidence that those with low FMS scores (those with poor core strength and flexibility) account for the bulk of work force Industries NSW Police Fitness and Physical Training Instructor ‘Mick Stierli’ points out that we check our vehicles our tools our vehicles but dont maintain ourselves in the workforce. The real cost of not maintaining a workforce can be immensehe flow on costs in the United State of those missed six days of work or more per annum to companies and the economy is $62billion! The following article was published on the FMS website in the USA and is about the use of the FMS screen to prevent Read more…

Am I getting too old to do that?

Use it or Lose it! A frequent statement I hear from many of my patients is – I am getting too old to do that (a sport or activity). In fact it seems to be common that people think that the older you get the less you should do and that you must give up certain activities. The evidence however paints a different picture. As we age our bodies become less efficient at repairing damaged tissue. Our capacity to do physical tasks declines as does our flexibility and strength. Note I said Capacity, I did not say your actual strength. I mention this because every person has a certain potential and very few people actually achieve this (usually professional athletes/Olympians Read more…

Breathing for better health and function

Breathing is the single most important thing we do – without it we would not provide the minimum requirements our bodies need to survive. Unfortunately how we breathe is rarely looked at and is frequently found to be poor. Breathing has been shown to become dysfunctional in those that are unwell and can create feelings of being unwell when breathing poorly! Some research has shown the much of the normal population do not breathe correctly! I use corrective breathing techniques with my patients and during stretching classes to improve quality of movements and the results from exercise. The response has been excellent and so I thought I would provide a little information what poor breathing can do and how easy Read more…

Injury Prevention and Athletic Performance

One of the many popular phrases with sporting circles is Injury prevention and it tends to used by many different professionals from sports trainers, coaches to Physiotherapists. There is a great deal of research now available on this subject which shows if properly applied rehabilitation programmes can improve athletic performance while attempting to prevent injuries. Currently there is no specific exercise or programme that has been shown to prevent an injury for longer than the duration of the programme. The best such programme was developed in Norway to prevent recurrent Hamstring strains in professional athletes and when applied had a 100% success rate. But the year after completing the programme the injuries returned. In other words injury prevention exercises only Read more…

Posture – is it that important?

What can cause headaches, shoulder neck and back pain and can lead to degeneration of the spine? Poor Posture! Sitting or standing incorrectly has been implicated in many conditions from Arthritis, Headaches, general fatigue, increased risk of certain types of injuries and even poor internal organ function. But what is good posture as opposed to bad posture? When patients try to correct their own posture they frequently push their shoulders back and stick their chest out. This position can usually be maintained for only a couple of minutes and leads to increased upper back pain if done too often. In my experience most people actually do not know how to correct their posture because they are so used to moving Read more…

Posture poses problems

What can cause headaches, shoulder neck and back pain and can lead to degeneration of the spine? Surprisingly enough, the answer is poor posture. Sitting or standing incorrectly has been implicated in many conditions from arthritis, headaches and general fatigue to increased risk of certain types of injuries and even poor organ function. But what exactly is good posture? This is the most efficient alignment of your spine and limbs which minimises stress on joints, ligaments and muscles. Poor posture is defined as a misalignment of the joints and muscles away from their most optimal or efficient position when sitting or standing. Correcting posture becomes more difficult with age as there is more time for damage to occur (ie arthritis) Read more…

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