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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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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A therapist demonstrates a glutes exercise on a step in our dedicated gym in our Moorgate physiotherapy clinic
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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Move

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about the phenomenon of gluteal imbalance, which we’ve dubbed the Lazy Bum Epidemic.  In How Skeletal Muscles Work, I wrote about the three different types of skeletal muscle: prime movers, local stabilisers and global stabilisers – how they function when everything’s fine, and...

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A therapist demonstrates a foam roller exercise for opening up the chest
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Foam roller: your new best friend

Foam rolling is a great way to do ‘self maintenance’ of your body, whether it is after sport, or trying to undo the ‘city posture.’ It helps to keep the myofascia (muscles and fascia) relaxed and happy, and prevents them from getting tight which can increase your risk of...

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One of our therapists demonstrates a glute exercise in our physiotherapy clinic in Liverpool Street
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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Stabilise

Over the past few weeks, I've been writing about the phenomenon of gluteal imbalance, which we've dubbed the Lazy Bum Epidemic.  In How Skeletal Muscles Work, I wrote about the three different types of skeletal muscle: prime movers, local stabilisers and global stabilisers - how they function when everything's...

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Three surgeons from London Sports Orthopaedics practise exercises in our physiotherapy clinic in Liverpool Street
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Making friends with doctors

 I have a Venn diagram that I talk about a lot, in which there are three main elements of a great surgical outcome: a great surgeon, a great therapist, and a great patient.  Where they overlap is the relationships between each of them; and the sweet spot in the...

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One of our therapists demonstrates a glutes release exercise with a spiky ball
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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Release

Over the past few weeks, I've been writing about the phenomenon of gluteal imbalance, which we've dubbed the Lazy Bum Epidemic.  In How Skeletal Muscles Work, I wrote about the three different types of skeletal muscle: prime movers, local stabilisers and global stabilisers - how they function when everything's...

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