Every sport or hobby places repetitive demands your body. Most sports injuries involve accidents, one sided techniques or compounding of life injuries.
Let’s look at some examples taken from people who came to see me.
A team of rowing four or eight favours one side or the other. You are constantly pulling more strongly with one side of your body. The pressure goes into your
hip and trunk muscles.
Try to change sides at times in training and use your gym or yoga stretching routine to balance your body. Extended and reverse triangle are good stretches for balance.
Sometimes dancers come because of knee or foot pain. Think of your knees as a hinge, when you bend the hinge your knee should stay above your foot.
Turn your feet first before you initiate a move. If you turn your shoulders first you are likely to twist your knees. Avoid really soft shoes if you can. Constantly work at strengthening your feet by spreading your toes and gripping to raise the arches.
Again turn your feet first if you bend sideways or step up or down.
Turn your whole body into a spring by arching your back as you load your serve. Follow through your volleys by bring your hand right across to the other shoulder. Avoid flicking your wrist, think of your moves as a kinetic chain transferring power from your feet and back, through your shoulders into the racquet.
Work at improving rotation of your rib cage and trunk to improve your back swing and follow through.
Practice sitting with a straight back, feet wide and rotate your body so that your fingers touch your toes on the opposite side.
Use your feet to transfer power to your kayak. Push with the foot on the same side when you place the paddle for a power stroke.
For the J stroke kneel with your knees together and your shins flat on the floor of the boat or mat.
Look through the stroke at the direction you want the boat to move.
Hockey is very one sided. Practice weight transfer from one hip to the other in your training.
Work at stretching your hamstrings, the muscles at the back of your legs. You have three hamstrings. They were named from hanging legs of pork up
on hooks from the farmhouse ceiling by their tendons.
In general, avoid crossing your legs, or cross them the less comfortable way first. Crossing your legs can lead to varicose veins just above the back of your knee and to hips that are out of balance. Stand with your feet parallel when you take to someone. Draw your tummy in a fraction and lift your chest.
Sports injuries nearly always relate to other factors. Here are some comments from Olivia, a dancer:
“I went to see John because my foot was excruciatingly painful. Within
seconds of seeing me, he pointed out my uneven hips, something I
thought had resolved itself years before. Clearly not, because this
proved to be one of the main causes of my dodgy foot.
I dance competitively and was distraught at the thought of having to
give up. I’d sought treatment at a private hopsital and was sorely
disappointed. The treatment was aggressive and achieved absolutely
nothing. John, on the other hand, has a way way gentler approach. I
hobbled into his surgery and skipped out. I can honestly say, I owe
the fact that I’m back doing competitive dancing to him.
He even sorted out problems I didn’t realise were such because I’d got
so used to being in pain all the time. I only noticed when the pain
was gone and it had coincided with a visit to him.
He is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly generous, has a brilliant
sense of humour, but I don’t think even he appreciates just how
amazing he is. If I could, I’d bottle him and spray him on demand
because he’s such a genius.
If you’re visiting this site and wondering whether you should see John
or not, my advice to you is this: don’t waste time wondering – just
call him and make an appointment. I promise you, you’ll be glad you