5th September 2018 – 16th September 2018 | Malaga, Spain
All About the World Masters Athletics Championships, Malaga
We are just under 6 weeks to go until we start the WMA Championships in Malaga and what a championships it is already looking to be! With over 8000 athletes across 3 stadiums and different areas for the walks and cross country. Its clear you wont be able to look left or right anywhere without seeing other athletes who have worked hard just to get to the start line!. Venues in 2018 include: The Athlete’s Village and Expo at the Sports Centre Martin Capena and the Malaga Athletics Stadium.
How do Elite Performance Therapy fit in?
During this time of year, we can’t help but get involved with sporting events and goings-on. Whether you are working towards your own fitness goals, training for a marathon or are supporting athletes from the comfort of your home; there is no escaping it!
Here at Elite Performance Therapy we are always looking at ways to support athletes, whether that is through offering advice on our blogs, sponsorship’s or through our products and services. At the WMA in Malaga 2018 we are very excited to be working with athletes throughout the championships and keep them in tip top condition!
With more than 4,000 athletes and 3,000 supporters from more than 80 countries expected to attend, if you haven’t been to a “Worlds” you should ! They are amazing events!
BY: Isy Fergusson
Fitness / Health / Message Therapy / Physical Therapy
Suffered frequent pain and problems with knee flexibility ?
Knee injuries are not the most common type of golf injury, but here at Elite Performance Therapy, we know they do happen!
A torn meniscus is a common knee injury often caused by a sudden twisting movement while putting weight on the knee. Walking the course, bending down repeatedly to pick up a tee or ball, and rotating the knees during the golf swing can all lead to a knee injury or exacerbate an existing problem. Both the lead and trail legs are vulnerable to injury, and transferring weight to the lead leg during the downswing actually increases the risk to the lead leg.
Studies show that people who have a meniscectomy (an operation whereby the meniscus or part of the meniscus is removed) are at greater risk of premature arthritis. So, if a golfer has meniscus surgery, they should carefully consider the intensity of play, body mechanics and the benefit of targeted exercises prior to returning to the game to reduce the risk of early arthritis.
Working alongside coaches, Elite Performance Therapy provide certain measures to help golfers overcome these risks and ensure a successful return to the course. For example, a minor tear following an injury or an existing cartilage tear that starts causing symptoms can often be managed with conservative treatment such as sports massage therapy.
A golfer with a torn meniscus must fully recover from the injury, whether or not they have had surgery, before returning to golf. This will likely include physical therapy and specific strengthening exercises to make sure the knee is strong enough to play.
Bearing weight on the knee while twisting may cause or exacerbate a meniscal tear or damage a repair, therefore minimize these forces during the various phases of swing.
If any pain or swelling occurs, decrease the frequency and/or duration of play and the PRICE principles should be applied by a physical therapist.