Preparing for Ironman Triathlon with Helen Murawska at Victory
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Bulletproof yourself for Ironman: Part 2

Victory's Head of Performance, Helen Murawska, is a super-fit sportswoman, with a sister who won a silver medal in the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Beijing in 2014.  So she knows a thing or two about training for endurance events!  But in 2016, Helen and her husband Paul...

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Head of Performance Helen explains how to prepare for an Ironman in the first of a three-part blog series
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Bulletproof yourself for Ironman: part 1

Victory's Head of Performance, Helen Murawska, is a super-fit sportswoman, with a sister who won a silver medal in the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Beijing in 2014.  So she knows a thing or two about training for events.  But last year, Helen and her husband Paul had...

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Physio Nell Mead went to watch surgery with specialist shoulder surgeon Susan Alexander
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Watching arthroscopic shoulder surgery with Susan Alexander

Last week, I spent an afternoon in theatre with one of my favourite surgeons, shoulder specialist Susan Alexander. I had referred one of my patients to her, after his MRI scan showed up some abnormalities. Based on that, she had felt that he needed surgery: a subacromial decompression, with...

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Vestibular rehabilitation at Victory Health & Performance in Liverpool Street
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What is the vestibular system?

Victory's movement and balance specialist, Elizabeth Banks, is an expert in all things vestibular. You may have heard the word, but what does it mean? And how does it relate to your health?  Head of Performance Helen Murawska explains... What is the vestibular system? The vestibular system is the sensory system...

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An x-ray showing femoracetabular impingement, circled in red
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What is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)?

In my last post, I talked about how I managed to tear my hip cartilage while playing tennis; and I mentioned that a common cause of cartilage tears is femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI. Although the concept of hip impingement was first recorded in 1936, it wasn’t until the early 2000s...

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An x-ray of a hip
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I tore my hip labrum playing tennis

With tongue in cheek, I firmly believe that, as a physio, I should be exempt from being injured like a normal person. After all, I spend my life fixing other people’s injuries, so surely karma should be on my side - or so my irrational brain tells me. In practice,...

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A therapist lies on her front, one ankle slightly raised and hands resting on glutes
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How to avoid hamstring injuries

This week, senior Victory physio Sophie Apps (a specialist in treating lower limb injuries) tells us all about hamstring injuries. Where and what are my hamstrings? The start "ham" derives from the Old English word ‘ham’ or ‘hom’ which is the back of the crease of the knee, from a Germanic...

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Helen Murawska learning about Primal Movement Chains at a CPD event
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What are Primal Movement Chains?

Although my MSc was in Sports Rehabilitation Therapy, I have long been interested in movement in general - the way the body ambulates day to day in each person is as fascinating to me as the most technical gymnastics routine. Since finishing my Masters, I have continued to take...

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