If you would like to find out more about common conditions that can affect your health and performance, we have several advice sheets that you may find helpful.
Achilles Tendinopathy is a term used to describe the degenerative changes seen within the tendon and has now replaced the term “tendinitis” as research has shown there are no inflammatory changes. The tendon structure alters as a result of repetitive use and this can cause tiny tears through the tendon.
Some foods and drinks are rich in substances such as polyphenols and antioxidants, which can have a dampening effect on the inflammatory response. Foods which may dampen the inflammatory response include fats, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices.
Osteoporosis means porous bones. Bones affected by osteoporosis are less dense than normal bones. They are also more likely to break, even as a result of a minor bump or fall, or even without an injury. It is around four times more common in women than men, and most common in women who have been through the menopause.
Our bones are a dynamic tissue and are constantly changing and responding to the load that is placed upon them. When we walk or run, our bones need to absorb the forces generated. However, if repetitive loads overwhelm the ability of the bone to repair itself, a small hairline line crack in the bone can can appear, known as a stress fracture.
Vitamin D deficiency is a very common problem. More than half of the UK population has insufficient levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is mostly made in the skin by exposure to sunlight. Most foods contain very little vitamin D naturally, though some are fortified (enriched) with added vitamin D.
RED-S is a condition that can affect any athlete , both women and men of any age or level of sporting ability and can occur when there is an imbalance in energy intake (nutrition) and energy output (sport/physical activity). This can result in a low energy status causing impaired function of many of the bodies systems.
If you’re eager to get back into running after having a baby, it’s essential to prioritize your pelvic health and recovery regardless of how your baby was delivered. Running can be an excellent way to regain fitness and find some “you” time, but it’s crucial to ensure you’re ready for it.
The patient information leaflet about returning to sports after having a baby. This leaflet is based on the “Reframing Return-to-Sport Postpartum: The 6 Rs Framework” paper, which provides guidance for athletes and healthcare providers on safely resuming sports activities after childbirth.
The menopause (the time in a woman’s life when periods stop) usually happens between the ages of 45-55 years. As well as a loss of fertility, other physical changes may happen including an increase in blood pressure, changes in cholesterol levels and weakening of the bone.
This consensus statement aimed to determine the physical activity and exercise needed to optimise bone strength, reduce fall and fracture risk, improve posture and manage vertebral fracture symptoms, while minimising potential risks in people with osteoporosis.
Sleep and sleep disturbances are increasingly recognised as determinants of a women’s health and wellbeing, particularly in the context of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, all times of major hormone transition