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When to Use a Weightlifting Belt

When to Use a Weightlifting Belt

An essential item of any serious weightlifters kit is a weightlifting belt – but what are they for, when should you use one and what are the benefits? What is a Weightlifting Belt Used for? The main purpose of wearing a weightlifting belt is that it helps to stabilise and reduce stress on the spine. This should help the wearer perform more reps and lift heavier (if only slightly) weights. But how is this achieved? Wearing a belt when weightlifting increases the abdominal pressure of the wearer, sometimes by up to 40%. This build-up of pressure will help to cushion...

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Knee Supports for Cycling

Knee Supports for Cycling

Cycling is a relatively low impact activity for the lower body, but a large proportion of both professional and amateur cyclists suffer from knee problems. This is because the knee is a vital part of the pedalling motion and is in continual use. If there is any sort of biomechanical abnormality in the stroke or a problem with the riding positon then this will feed through to pain in the knee. Common Knee Injuries Anterior Knee Pain is probably the most common knee complaint amongst cyclists, which is when the knee hurts right at the front of the joint on...

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The Best Golfer's Elbow Supports and Braces

The Best Golfer's Elbow Supports and Braces

Elbow & Arm

Although golfers aren't subject to the same level of physical strain as some sports, injuries do still occur when playing golf and one of the most common of these is known as Golfer's Elbow. What is Golfer's Elbow? Golfer's Elbow is a form of elbow tendonitis, and occurs when the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow become inflamed or torn, causing pain on the inside of the elbow. It is known as golfer's elbow as it can be caused by repetitive motions such as a golf swing, and by the overuse and stress of the muscles in the...

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What is the difference between an Open Patella and Closed Patella Knee Support?

What is the difference between an Open Patella and Closed Patella Knee Support?

Knee & Thigh

The knee joint is one of the most complex areas of the body, as it is responsible for co-ordinating joints and muscles as well as helping the body to perform a range of different movements. However, injuries to the knee joint are very common as the joint is subject to the strain of supporting the entire weight of the body during these movements. Knee injuries are common across all sports, from injuries due to the repetitive motions of running through to sprains and strains resulting from the twists and turns in sports such as football, tennis and skiing. The knee...

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The Importance of a Warm Up in Sport

The Importance of a Warm Up in Sport

Elbow & Arm Hand & Wrist Knee & Thigh Shoulder

The importance of a good warm up before playing sport should not be overlooked, as getting your muscles warm before activity and cooling down afterwards can be a significant factor in helping to prevent injury. Getting the muscles moving and the body warm will help blood flow to the muscles, supplying them with more oxygen and reducing the risk of strains, sprains and muscle tears. It will also start to gradually increase your heart rate, and get your body used to the idea that you are about to begin more strenuous activity. If you are going to be taking part...

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