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STRETCH FOR SUCCESS!

NetballSTRETCH FOR SUCCESS!

 

If you’re quick on your feet and don’t fancy the outdoor slush of a muddy pitch, but are looking for an energetic team game, have you considered the excitement of a fast-paced netball or basketball game?

 

Both games rely on speed, agility and dexterity. Not only that, but with specific rules about how you handle the ball and where you can move on the court – in netball, your position controls where you can go and what you can do – both netball and basketball are suited to fast movers and fast thinkers.  On court, it’s crucial that you have great flexibility and stability, particularly in your feet and ankles, as you’ll often be turning on the spot.

 

Another favourite indoor sport that demands fast movement and agility is squash. Again, you’ll need to have strong ankles to cope with the pace, movement and change of direction that characterises this popular sport.

 

That’s why it’s essential you warm up and cool down properly. We talk about warm up and cool down sequences a lot at Bespoke Injury Management, but that’s because they’re so important to injury prevention and management. We recommend a dynamic stretch routine before you play – where you use movement in your stretching. And when you cool down, we think static stretches – the ones you hold for 30-90 seconds – are generally better.

 

A great warm-up or cool-down sequence will take you from the top of your head – stretching out your neck muscles and shoulders – through your core and down into your legs and ankles. Even a simple ankle-circle clockwise and anti-clockwise for a few seconds on each leg can make all the difference between a healthy game and one marred by a sprained or twisted ankle.

 

It’s also important you choose the right footwear for your sport. Sloppy, badly fitting shoes that make you slide over the court with no grip will do your body no favours. Instead, make sure you invest in properly fitting footwear with the right style and grip for the game you’re playing. Not only will your shoes make you more stable on court, they’ll probably make you faster and more responsive, too. That’s a win all round.

 

You might also be wondering if it’s OK to exercise through pain? Our general advice is that it’s not a good idea. What starts out as a small problem can easily turn into a full-blown injury, particularly if you don’t rest enough. That’s not to say you won’t get the odd aches and pains if you’re running around on court again, but if your pain lingers or worsens, it’s a good idea to get it checked out soon. Here at Bespoke Injury Management we’re always on hand to advise, reassure and treat, whatever your problem, so don’t hesitate to ask.

 

And finally, if netball, basketball or squash aren’t your thing, don’t forget this month sees the Great North Run, Ryder Cup and World Sailing Championships. So there's plenty to enjoy!

 

If you’d like pop in to see Donna Norman from Bespoke Injury Management, you can come to Oxford Street Therapy Centre in Wellingborough or call 01933 224454or 07814 396872. You can also email donna@bespokeinjurymanagement.co.uk

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Racing to Success

Maria Costello rehab

Maria Costello is known as 'Queen of Bikes' for good reason – she's one of Europe's top female bike racers. Her career began in 1995 and she held the World Record as fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course for several years. She’s the first woman in the history of that famous race to stand on the podium, too. Maria’s also won nine trophies at Manx Grand Prix races. She's acted as a stunt double for famous actresses, including Reese Witherspoon and Tamzin Outhwaite and been awarded an MBE.

“I get to race all over the world. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world most of the time,” says Maria.

But it's not all been a smooth ride to success.

Racing two years ago, Maria suffered a serious leg break. Looking for local sports therapy, Maria, who comes from Northampton, discovered Bespoke Injury Management on twitter.

Donna from Bespoke Injury Management met with Maria to discuss becoming part of Maria’s support team. The meeting went well. And from there, work on rehab and getting Maria back to racing fitness began.

“Our rehab plan focussed on battling scar tissue, getting the muscles to work better and building up strength,” recalls Maria.

But it wasn’t just about the physical healing – part of Donna’s job was to help keep Maria positive and on track.

"Through treating Maria, I’ve learned just how committed professional sports people are. Injuries are not going to hold them back," says Donna. "I really enjoy working with such a motivated professional, who’s happy to take on board any new ideas."

"It can be hard at times to keep someone motivated through a long injury," adds Donna, "but we seem to have a great relationship. We bounce off one another. 

And Maria agrees.

“It’s great to have Donna as part of my back-up team. I go to see her every week when I need to She’s really positive with me and you need to have people around you like that, especially in a sport like mine where you can get hurt,” she says.

“If I’m having a bad day, Donna will help me to find a positive. I’d like to have her on my team forever. She has a great work ethic and is a little diamond. When I win the lottery, I’d employ her full-tome. I can’t speak highly enough of her and totally recommend her.”

When Maria came back from her leg injury in 2013, she went on to have one of her best seasons ever. Bespoke Injury Management continues to work with the superstar.

Of course, you don’t need to be an elite sports player to benefit from Bespoke Injury Management therapy. We’re committed to getting you back to your sport, job or lifestyle, whatever your level of fitness.

So, if you’d like to chat with or see Donna Norman from Bespoke Injury Management, why not pop into Oxford Street Therapy Centre, call 01933 224454 or 07814 396872 or email donna@bespokeinjurymanagement.co.uk

Discover more about Maria Costello and her stellar bike career. [http://costelloracing.com/]

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