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On the back of the British Swimming Championships, this video shows the number of muscles swimmers use in each different phase of their stroke...
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Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), the condition that caused footballer Fabrice Muamba's heart to stop during a match, has halted the career of young England cricketer James Taylor.
This heart condition can be extremely dangerous when exercising to a high level; sudden death is the first presentation of ARVC in the majority of young sportsmen who have it.
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"We've got to let people know that there is a necessity, it's not even an option, it's a necessity to have a chiropractor"...if it's good enough for The Terminator it's good enough for us!
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Not everyone understands Chiropractic but our team here at Lilliput Health enjoyed this video nonetheless!
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Most people think that a good posture means keeping your back up straight and your stomach pulled in. However, in reality of maintaining this position is hard work and unsustainable for any length of time. It can also have a negative impact on your back and surrounding muscles leading to potential problems further along the line.

As you can see from the picture, our spine is not straight! Therefore, a good posture should really be defined as being able to maintain a neutral spine, rather than a straight back. Correct posture should be easy to maintain and your muscles should not be working overtime to achieve it.

When you are sitting or standing, imagine that you have a helium balloon tied to your head. The balloon serves a purpose to lift your head up off your neck and in doing so, gently decompresses all the joints in your spine. Try not to shrug your shoulders up or squeeze your shoulder blades back, just keep your back and shoulders relaxed and let the balloon lift your head up off your body.

In this position you should notice that your body is stacked so that your head is directly above your shoulders, your shoulders are directly above your hips and your hips are above your feet when standing. This posture should feel easy to maintain and you should be able to move around freely with your helium balloon, rather than feeling stuck in a rigid uncomfortable position! http://ow.ly/i/hqrBH
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Muscle of the month: THE TRAPEZIUS

This large, flat triangular muscle is split into 3 portions: upper, middle and lower fibres.

ANATOMY: In its most simplistic description, this muscle attaches onto the occipital protuberance (base of skull), the spinal processes from C7 (base of neck) to T12 vertebrae (level with bottom rib), the collarbone and the shoulder blades.

FUNCTION: The upper fibres elevate the shoulder blade and maintain the level of the shoulders against gravity and when carrying objects in your hands. The left and right upper fibres contract together to extend the neck (looking up) and when contracting singularly they bend the neck to their respective sides. The middle fibres retract the shoulder blade (pull them together towards the spine) and the lower fibres depress the shoulder blade, lowering the shoulder. The Trapezius also helps to brace the shoulders by fixing the shoulder blades onto the thoracic wall, for example when you push or pull a door.

COMMON PROBLEMS: Weakness can lead to a drooping forward appearance of the shoulders (known as postural dysfunction) and poor stabilisation of the shoulder blades during upper limb movements. The presence of trigger points and tension can cause pain in the neck and shoulder girdle, play a part in some headaches and sometimes refer pain to the upper arm and mid thoracic areas.

Typically seen in practice by: Chartered Physiotherapists, Sports Massage Therapists and Chiropractors. http://ow.ly/i/ggwnD
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It's FA Cup 3rd Round weekend and the so called big guns start their campaign for silverware...or risk bring knocked out by a lower league team!
Here are some of the potential giant-killings that could take place this weekend...!
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Inactivity over Christmas can leave your muscles feeling tight and in need of a good stretch.
If this isn't sufficient then our sports massage therapists are always on hand to help ease those aches and pains!
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BBC Sports Personality of the Year takes place tonight.
Who is your favourite to win from the shortlist of 12?
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Many of us suffer from tennis elbow so here are a few exercise tips that may help...
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