I want to get aerobically fitter – How do I improve my VO2 Max?

What is VO2 Max? VO2 max, or maximal oxygen consumption, is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense exercise. It is often used as an indicator of aerobic fitness and endurance capacity. During exercise, oxygen is used to produce energy to fuel muscle contractions. VO2 max represents […]

Rethinking Acute Injury Management: Are RICE Principles Outdated and What Works Better?

In the realm of sports and fitness, injury management is a crucial aspect of maintaining peak performance and ensuring the well-being of athletes and enthusiasts alike. For decades, the RICER (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, and Referral) protocol has been the go-to method for treating acute injuries. However, recent advancements in sports medicine and physiotherapy have […]

Navigating Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): A Comprehensive Exploration

Introduction: One of the most effective ways to alleviate many types of pain is to ensure we remain active, have fit, strong and healthy muscles, tendons and ligaments and keep our joints as mobile as possible.  Embarking on a fitness journey, however, often entails encountering the familiar sensation of muscle soreness after exercise, commonly known […]

Getting back to Exercise after the Holiday Break: Here’s what to consider……

Managing increases in exercise loads when starting a new exercise program is crucial to avoid overtraining, injuries, and burnout. Remember that everyone’s body is different, and it’s important to find a progression plan that suits your individual needs and fitness level. If you have any existing health concerns or conditions, it’s advisable to consult with […]


Why sometimes a scan result can lead to unnecessary distress, and a poor decision! We’re very lucky these days that our ability to investigate injuries with scans has become so accessible, so quick, and (in some cases) so cheap. In particular MRI scans have become the “gold standard” scan for many soft tissue injuries. Without […]

Sport – How Much Is Too Much For Our Kids?

As we well and truly find ourselves entrenched in a “normal” sporting season again, it is time to reflect upon a topic that is important to talk about, one that the physio’s at SSPC find themselves confronted with on a regular basis – how much is too much sport? It’s an interesting conversation because we […]

It’s only “Growing Pains” – but it’s not that simple!

I’m sure we’ve all heard the “growing pains” diagnosis that is commonly given for so many lower limb non specific pain episodes in young children and adolescents. Whilst growing pains isn’t a totally inaccurate terminology, it’s the perception and management of these growing pain syndromes that needs to be improved. It’s so common in our […]

Do you suffer from Heel Pain?

Heel Pain? Heel pain is particularly common with the first step in the morning or end of the day. It may be indicative of plantar fasciopathy, which can be the result of overuse, increase in load, poor footwear, deconditioning or trauma. With a lot of people returning to sports, running, gym work and even career […]

Is my Vertigo Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

Hard to balance? Feel like you’re moving when you’re not? Head spinning inside the room? If you’ve ever experienced vertigo, you may be very familiar with these sensations. True vertigo can be a very debilitating symptom that is caused by one of many different origins. What’s causing the vertigo is the key to diagnosis, and […]

Importance of Kegel Exercises in Women

You’ve probably heard of “Kegels” or pelvic floor exercises, but do you actually know how or why to do them? The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the base or ‘floor’ of your pelvis which support and hold in place your internal pelvic organs, including bladder, intestines, and uterus. Like any other skeletal […]