With the 6-Nations rugby tournament approaching I thought it fitting to base this week’s article on the importance of being ‘robust’. ‘Robustness’ is a word I use everyday when interacting with my clients yet very few have linked the word and its definition to their own rehabilitation and conditioning goals. Here’s why I think it’s such an important attribute to possess.
The deadlift, in my opinion, is the number one strength exercise.
The deadlift recruits more muscle groups than any other compound exercise (an exercise that involves 2 or more joints and recruits multiple muscle groups), with particular emphasis on the gluteus maximus, hamstrings and quadriceps of the lower body, along with the erector spinae and multiple stabilisers of the lower and upper back.
A lot of people stay away from deadlifts for fear of injury, particularly to the lower back – this perception couldn’t be further from the truth!
Deadlifting (as well as most other exercises) with bad technique will definitely increase your risk of getting injured, however deadlifting with good form and smart load selection will strengthen and stabilised your back.
Before I go into my 3 top coaching cues for the deadlift……..
There’s a lot of people out there that use exercise to ‘switch off’, ‘disengage’, ‘distract’ from the stresses of day to day life (I used to be one of them). On one hand this is great – there are huge benefits to taking your mind away from your stresses and giving your head some space, but we need to be careful not to switch off completely when we’re exercising.
Sam Patel is the newest member of the Peak Performance team, so we thought it only right that his first blog be all about getting to know him a bit better!
First and foremost I am a Physiotherapist! I graduated from Nottingham University in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy, having decided to return to studying following a knee injury at the start of a contracted season with Doncaster RFC a few years previously.Prior to this I had obtained a Diploma in Sports Therapy, and a Certificate in Sports Massage. This ‘hands on’ approach forms the basis of much of my clinical treatment.
Ground-breaking technology that can instantly reveal what the naked eye can’t. How much force is a runner putting on one leg in comparison to the other? How unstable is the knee that recently underwent surgery? How much is a runner at risk of getting injured?
In order to function properly we need strength and mobility, but we also need stability and control. In this article I explain the fundamentals of Dynamic Stability Training (DST) (sometimes referred to as Functional Stability Training) and how you can get better at it to prevent unnecessary injuries and improve your physical performance through increased efficiency.