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October 8, 2007

Facts about smoking

Filed under: News, Website Articles — Phil @ 7:00 am

  • Smoking kills half of all smokers worldwide
  • There are 6000 chemicals in tobacco including cyanide, butane, ammonia and carbon monoxide
  • Smoking makes you six times more likely to suffer a stroke
  • Smoking reduces exercise tolerance
  • Smoking causes Coronary Heart Disease

Full article contains 40 facts about smoking that you probably didn’t know

Read the full article here: 40 Things You Didn’t Know About Smoking

September 24, 2007

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

Filed under: News — Phil @ 7:00 am

Commonly used and prescribed for soft tissue injuries / inflammation, but why do you take them? What effect do they have on your injury?

NSAIDS have several effects; they act as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and help reduce fever.

Firstly they inhibit the release of prostaglandin in the body; this decreases vascular permeability allowing inflammation to settle quicker.

NSAIDS also help to reduce pain as inflammation settles.

NSAIDS may also effect the tensile strength of muscle tissues by increasing the amount of insoluble collagen near the injury, this will aid the cross linking of the collagen fibres in the muscles as they heal, therefore giving improved tensile strength.

September 10, 2007


Filed under: News — Phil @ 7:00 am

Why do I get them when in running?

Blisters are caused by wearing incorrect footwear, you may find you get them on the back of your heal, instep of your foot or on the tip of your toes.

If you suffer from blisters you should reassess your footwear and buy some new running shoes that fit correctly, however if you have to make use of the pair you have you can try to prevent blisters by wearing two pairs of socks or applying Vaseline type substances or powder to reduce friction (read the precautions on the products before applying).

Blisters are caused by friction. For example when running your heal maybe subject to repeated shearing against the back of your shoe, this causes small splits in the skin (epidermal layers) which allows fluid to gather between the layers of skin. This fluid is often clear but can be bloody occasionally.

Clear blisters can be burst with a sterile needle, however blood blisters should not.

Blisters can be dressed during sporting activities but dressings must be changed frequently to avoid infection.

August 30, 2007

Cardio Explained

Filed under: News, Website Articles — Ste @ 6:47 am

Cardio – Which type is best for me?

Have you ever wondered whether cardio affects your efforts to add mass in the gym? Have you ever wondered what cardio actually does to your body? Have you ever wondered why you see people spend countless hours on the treadmills yet they never change composition?

In the ring today is Interval Training vs Steady State cardio. Both contenders have their strong points. Find out advantages and disadvantages of both types of training and the effects they have on your bodybuilding efforts.

Link to full article:Cardio Explained

August 20, 2007

Cauliflower Ear (Auricular Haematoma)

Filed under: News — Phil @ 7:00 am

Damage to the cartilage of the ear caused by a direct trauma that applies a shearing force on the cartilage. This causes a haematoma between the perichondrium and cartilage, which gives swelling with scar tissue leading to the thickness seen with a cauliflower ear.

This injury can also be caused by repeated friction against the ear.

It is a common injury in sports such as wrestling and rugby.

Protective headgear can be worn to protect against this condition that can be very painful.

On receiving the injury, ice and compression can be applied and medical attention sort.

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