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The Achilles Tendon - Common Injuries

The Achilles tendon is a unique tendon; it is able to sustain loads up to 17 times bodyweight, with minimal oxygen supply compared to a muscle and a long remodelling rate of greater than 100 days.

It is composed of 70-80% of two types of collagen. Mainly collagen type I, this has high tensile trength but is poor at sustaining shear forces, and collagen type III which lacks tensile strength. Despite its well-structured design, and its design for strength and acceleration and speed, the Achilles tendon is common to injury. Read more ......

 

Knee Pain in Women - Causes and Treatments

Anterior knee pain in women is very common and affects 1 in 5 women, mostly between the ages of 14-25 and then 40-60. Anterior knee pain in women is very common and affects 1 in 5 women, mostly between the ages of 14-25 and then 40-60.

This is mainly due to the fact that women have slightly larger pelvis' than men, and as such, the pull on the kneecap is slightly more angled compared to a smaller pelvis, commonly seen in men. This abnormal pull, coupled with their lax joints (again found more in men than in women) can pull the kneecap (or patella) Read more ......

 

Running Injuries - The 5 Most Common Types

Most new runners at some time have an injury. Most injuries involve the lower limb, in particular but not exclusively the knee, shin and feet. Other injuries can include the hip and lower back, but the 5 most common in runners are described in this article. Most new runners at some time have an injury. Most injuries involve the lower limb, in particular but not exclusively the knee, shin and feet. Other injuries can include the hip and lower back, but the 5 most common in runners are the following

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Lower Back Pain - Who is at Greatest Risk?

One would think that lower back pain affects plumbers, builders, electricians and general laborers. BUT, you would be WRONG.

Actually, back pain is very common in office workers. Probably, more common than in builders.

Why? Well quite simply, constant sitting in front of a computer is the major factor.

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Top 10 Back Pain Tips

Back pain affects 1 in 3 people in their lifetime, affecting people of any age. There are more than 25 causes of back pain and different part of the back that can be affected. Back pain is on the increase, with a wide variety of explanations to why this could be. Back pain affects 1 in 3 people in their lifetime, affecting people of any age

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