The good thing about being a physio

Is when you develop pain on a long ride you can say confidently what it is. However it doesn’t make you immune nor did it make the pain go away. Today I have enjoyed patella-femoral pain due to a tight was on the left causing issues up long climbs. Also medial planter nerve compression for…

Injury of the week

This limped into my clinic yesterday. 60yr old male, sudden onset; breaking into a run – heard a pop. Immediate pain and swelling. It’s the right knee. Any guesses?

How to run an ultra marathon Part 4

Endurance. Now that you’ve increased your distance and that you’re confident your bones, joints and muscles will cope you need to test your legs, heart and lungs. Will they work at a good rate (40-60% VO2 max – or being out of breath but able to converse) for long enough. So run your max distance…

How to run an ultra marathon t’three

Get your distance up. You need to know how well your muscles, be bones, ligaments and especially tendons will cope with the milage. Muscles are pretty adaptable; they’ll complain and then ache for a few days but they’ll be ok. It’s the tendons; Achilles, hamstrings, patella tendons you need to worry about. Also by increasing…

Touching the void

Every now and then I get a fun job which reminds me that despite how busy I get as a physio I also love being a climbing instructor. This also helps motivate me; for one afternoon’s work I ran up and down the gorge 8 times, shunted up 60m ropes about 10 times and generally…

Everything in moderation?

I hear this a lot. It’s normally near the end of a conversation about diet. And then I start to disagree. If I think about it, it doesn’t work. I drink moderately but the head of the health services in UK advises NO alcohol is the only safe limit. I certainly don’t eat everything moderately…

What is success?

I’m having a very productive week here in Chamonix attending the 4th IRCRA conference and despite being beaten in my attempt to climb the Dent Du Geant I’ve really enjoyed learning so much about current climbing research. There’s so much going on. A great week. And I climbed Cosmiques Arete – always meant to