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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:12

Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to its counterpart, tennis elbow. The primary differences between these conditions are the location of the pain and the activity that leads to injury. However, both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow joint.

What is golfers elbow?

These problems, tennis elbow and golfer's elbow, are both forms of tendonitis. Tendons are the ends of muscles that attach to bone. Because of the force of the muscle, the points of insertion of the tendon on the bone are often pointed prominences. The medical names of Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer's Elbow (medial epicondylitis) come from the names of these bony prominences where the tendons insert, and where the inflammation causes the pain. The pain of golfer's elbow is usually at the elbow joint on the inside of the arm; a shooting sensation down the forearm is also common while gripping objects.

What causes golfers elbow?

The mechanism of this injury can vary from a single violent action to, more commonly, repetitive stress injury where an action is performed repeatedly and pain gradually develops. No one is immune from these injuries, but they are most common at the beginning of the golf season, or when the offending activity is increased in intensity or duration. Golf is one common cause of these symptoms, but many other sport- and work-related activities can cause the same problem. Another common cause of this injury is with weekend DIY'ers who use hand tools on occasion.

Golfer's elbow is usually a self-limited problem, and does not cause any long-term disability. Treatment is rarely surgical, as this condition is well managed with a little rest correct manual therapy treatment and specific rehabilitation.

Sports Therapy Scotland regularly treats golfers elbow from amateur to professional athletes.

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Monday, 28 May 2012 00:00

When we think of injury, we tend to think of the physical pain and discomfort experienced and perhaps less about the emotional effects.  Now recent research suggests that athletes may go through a process akin to that of someone grieving following serious injury.  For this reason, more attention is being paid to the emotional well-being of athletes during the rehabilitation process.

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Monday, 14 May 2012 08:09

Heading for the Hills

Sat looking over to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin it’s great to see the evening sun highlighting a good dusting of snow on the tops of the peaks.  The mountains look beautiful but there’s no doubt its cold out there!  We all know that Scottish weather is fickle to say the least and as we enter ‘summer’ the snows a good reminder that it can still be cold!  I have been mountaineering in the Scottish mountains for over 14 years and have been snowed on in the mountains every month except for July and August!

 If you’re out on the hills at the moment wrap up warm and don’t be fooled by the light evenings into letting your guard down with your navigation ability or your kit!  Essential kit even for summer hillwalking should include good walking boots with ankle support and good soles, warm clothes including walking trousers and a good base layer, mid layer and outer layer on top.  Good waterproofs and a spare mid layer in the rucksack and definitely hat and clothes at the moment.  Also make sure you have thought about energy and hydration (food and drink) and have packed your navigational kit - and know how to use it! (see top navigation tip below). Feel free to e mail any questions about kit or anything else you might want to know to enquiries@sportstherapyscoytland.co.uk

Jon’s Working Week 

My shoulder finally feels good and strong after ripping a muscle in it over a year ago (physio does work!) and I am excited to be back out on the rock and climbing again.  Upcoming courses include Guided Mountain Scrambles based in Glen Coe and including routes such as the Aonach Eagadh and other classic scrambles, a few local rock climbing courses located in the central belt and I am excited to get my teeth into a project that’s a fairly big development of a local climbing wall.  For any more info or to join any courses e mail me.

Jon’s Walk of the Week:    Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin from Loch Earnhead (OS Landranger Sheet 57 and 52)

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:56

Key was ‘CAN produce’…

Yip, we lost an entire generation of footballers in Scotland, maybe even more than a generation. Pretty much the same story in all other sports too. Andy Murray is probably the only world class sportsman we have produced since Monty. (Respect to Hoy and Obree etc, but that’s a rather narrow competitive field).

But I see a lot of youth football, and a lot of very talented youth footballers. The standard is increasing again, and I am hopeful that we are starting to see that come through now. Dundee Utd and Aberdeen have some cracking 16-18 year olds for instance. They need 1 from each year group to backfill and they’re getting there.

You want 5? I’ll say Fletcher, McGeady and McCarthy are all terrific players, Fletcher the best of his generation. McGregor is a talented keeper, so too Craig Gordon. Ooops that’s 6.

Now World Class is a little different. World Class is statistically one in a million (or thereabouts). Look at France. England. Spain and so on. You need a lot of kids born each year to find a real diamond. We have 25,000 boys born each year. France 250,000.

If France produces a World Class player every 2 years, (they don’t) we’ll get one every 20 using the same approaches.

Perhaps that’s what explains the 20 year gap between Monty and Murray. Numbers.

But for good, successful professionals, Scotland is starting to produce again. I’d say a ‘success’ professionally is an EPL or similar standard league contract, and there are an increasing number of Scots boys playing there.

The pity is, they’re not playing here beyond the age of 21.

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 19:27

Scotland's biggest ever MMA & Fitness Exhibition coming to Kelvin Hall Glasgow 28th April 2012!

Scot-Fit Expo, said to be the biggest MMA & Fitness exhibition ever to be staged in Scotland is taking place in Kelvinhall Sports Arena Glasgow on April the 28th 2012.

From 9am-4pm the Scot-Fit Expo (prior to Vision Fighting Championship 3 that evening) will host several exhibition stands, space for demos, grappling competition, grappling super fights, kettlebell workshops and spin bike challenge all of which you can spectate or take part in.

The Scot-Fit Expo is expecting in the region of 2000 spectators, with a targeted demographic towards sport and fitness, as well as Boxing and Martial Arts.

--- On The Day ---

✸ Individual floor space for exhibitions

✸ Scot Fit challeneges

✸ Kettlebells demonstrations

✸ The worlds best strength & conditioning athletes demonstrations

✸ Spin bike challenge

✸ Nutrition Supplements advice and testing by pro atheletes

✸ 100 rep challenege

✸ Sports Therapy by Sports Therapy Scotland

✸ Freebies & give-aways

To join in the fun you can guarantee your ticket for just £10 by texting 07837912289 or visiting any of our suppliers:

✸ Dropping into any EZ Sports outlets

✸ Visiting http://www.findyourpersonaltrainer.co.uk/scot-fit-expo/prod_234.html

✸ Buy your ticket on the door at the event (limited available)

Let's all get Scot Fit together!

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Monday, 26 March 2012 22:16

Whilst financial fair play is still a hot topic……….

Taken from Dutch website de Pers.

Spanish clubs dominate European football, they buy the best players in the world and the national team won the European Championships and the World Cup. And it’s all thanks to you.

The President of Barcelona made a phone call to the bank. Could he get another loan? A 155 million or so to pay salaries? No problem. Once the loan was there, Lionel Messi got yet another salary increase and Cesc Fabregas was bought for a mere 40 million euros from Arsenal.

364 million euros (it was a few years ago over 500 million), the fault of Barcelona, ​​but money is hardly lacking: the bank always comes to the rescue. That’s how it works in Spain. Banks finance the deficits and transfers, especially with the big clubs. There is no bank who dares to say no to the giants of football, and there is certainly not one who dares to call in the outstanding loans at a club deep in the red. No Spanish bank would dare to be responsible for the failure of clubs like Barca, Real Madrid and Valencia, it would result in hundreds of thousands if not millions of lost customers.

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Sunday, 26 February 2012 13:20

Podium and Pole Position for Tom Sykes, Sports Therapy Scotland Sponsored Athlete at Opening Round World Superbikes in Australia. 

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes put all of his strong off-season testing form to good use at the opening round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship by taking pole position and then a podium finish in race two, to add to a fourth place he had scored in the opening sprint.

He was quick off the line in each leg and thanks to lots of positive development work in recent months, and despite a long testing ban having been enacted this year, Sykes was able to overcome a few barriers that have affected his previous results.

Tom has never been a fan of the Phillip Island circuit and his machine has not always been able to keep pace all the way to the end of races, particularly in hot conditions. But today Sykes had pace for all 22-laps, particularly in the warmer race two, despite a strong wind blowing down the finish straight that seemed to affect his bike more than most others.

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Saturday, 18 February 2012 07:28



 We can reveal that SCOTTISH FIGHT CHALLENGE (SFC) have merged with the VISION FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (VFC). The merge of the promotions will catapult the new organisation onto a much larger European scale with multiple events held annually in Scandinavia and the UK in what will be a robust schedule of live Mixed Martial Arts events!

 VFC are one of Sweden's top MMA promotions and SFC are one of the most exciting promotions to emerge in the UK, both employing high production values and matching great European bouts in their previous events.The merger will reinforce the fighter brackets and weight divisions of the unified promotion with champions already established at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight through previous SFC events.

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Saturday, 04 February 2012 08:19

Last Summer whilst injured Tom Sykes Kawasaki got in touch with Sports Therapy Scotland. We chatted regarding injury rehabilitation,injury prevention and mobility.and naturally moved onto race conditioning. Tom expressed an interest in TP Therapy products such as The Grid, QuadballerMassage Ball and Rotator. I explained the importance of these products and how they can be pivotal in keep him functional during the race season.

Tom then asked about kettlebell training and the Crosscore 180(War Machine) Rotational Bodyweight Trainer and if these types of training could assist in preparing him for World Superbike race series. We got all these factors together and compiled a programme for Tom covering current exercise  rehabilitation and maintenance / mobility work.

Did this work? 4 weeks after commencing his rehabilitation and mobility work Tom won his first World Superbike Race of the season at The Nurburgring race track in Germany. 

This weekend Saturday 4th February David is meeting up with Tom to check his Bodystats , review mobility and conditioning programme ensuring everything is in place for the start of World Superbike at Phillip Island ,Australia on 26th February 2012.

We will be covering how Tom is doing throughout the race season on both his Kawasaki and conditioning tips for motorcyclists.

About Tom-

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Sunday, 27 November 2011 21:53

Saturday 3rd December sees the Scottish Fight Challenge coming to Glasgow’s’ Kelvin Hall Arena for the first time. The previous events have been held in Stirling’s Albert Halls.

With the Welterweight and Featherweight title's on the line and a further 5 Pro fights on the main card, plus a stacked urdercard full of up and coming talent, SFC5:RIVALS will be the biggest and best card Scottish MMA fans have ever seen.

The event has an early start with weigh in, grappling competition, followed by the main MMA event in the evening.

 As with previous MMA events i will be involved behind the scenes looking after the fighters before and after.

This event has something extra as we will demonstrate kettle bell lifting and different ways it can be used to assist in fat loss, and improvement of movement and fitness. You will be encouraged to “have a swing”

The Crosscore 180 (War machine) suspension pulley trainer will also be available to try. This is the new bodyweight trainer you may or may not have heard about. It’s an incredible piece of equipment currently used extensively by the US Military and i can guarantee as one of the first trainers in the UK to use it that if you try it you will love it.

Foam rolling will also be on the cards. This is a type of exercise using foam rollers that can help recovery after exercise and with regular use can help avoid the onset of many common injuries. 

If you are there say hello.

                                                                                  SFC 5: RIVALS Full Fight card

Main Card

John Cullen (DNFT) vs. Martin Svenssons (Sweden) - Featherweight Title

Dan Hope (DNFT) vs. Jonathan Westin (Sweden) – Welterweight Title

Neil Laird (Lycans) vs. Vincent "The Warrior" del Guerra– (France) - 80kg Catchweight

Ally Smith (Wossabamma) vs. Medhi Benmakhlouf (France) – 74kg Catchweight

Adam Stevenson (SMAC) vs. Lova Randrianasolo (France) Lightweight

Alan McCauley (DNFT) vs. Phil Flynn (Predators) - 75kg Catchweight

David Hamilton (EKMMA) vs. Shaun Taylor (Lycans) – Welterweight B Class Pro


Abdel Lif (France) vs. Ian Posstlewaith (Lycans) - 57kg

Calum Murrie (SMAC) vs. Adrien Caillol (France) – 66kg

Andy Burns (DNFT) vs. Darren Kinloch (Shooters Dundee) – 68kg

Calum Hunter (Gladitorial) vs. Chris Bungard (Scottish Hit Squad) 77kg

Graham Black (Lycans) vs. Bobby White (Lions Den) – 77kg

Martin Donaldon (Fusion) vs. Scot Mulgrew (Lions Den) – 77kg

Gerry Kennedy (Lions Den) vs. Peter McAfferty (Chimera MMA) - 62kg 

Matty Malon (Spartans) vs. Kevin Devine (Scottish Hit Squad) - 70kg

Written by Davey Jenkins   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 07:38

Trigger Points are thought to be tiny knots that develop in a muscle when injured or overworked.Commonly thought to be a cause of most joint pain, they are thought to be the cause of some headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunel syndrome.

Based on the discoveries of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons in which they found the causal relationship between chronic pain and its source, myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.


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