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North Wales Sports Clinic Ltd
North Wales Sports Clinic Ltd

Interested in finding out more about our services?

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Tel: 01244 630809

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We have Relocated!

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As from the 18th December 2015 the New Location Adress will be:-


North Wales Sports Clinic Ltd

Unit 10

Rectors Lane, Pentre





Which is just a few miles away from our old location at the Deeside Leisure Centre - at the Asda Roundabout take the road to Sandycroft continue past a speed camera untill some shops appear on the L. hand side - turn L. at shops into Rectors Lane then 1st L. the Unit is in front of you!


Our New Telephone Number is 01244-630809

Opening hours


Mon   9.00 - 12.00 am

         2.00 - 7.00pm

Tues  9.00 - 12.00 am 

         2.00 - 7.00pm

Wen  9.00 - 12.00 am

         2.00 - 7.00pm

Thur  9.00 - 12.00 am 

         2.00 - 7.00pm

Fri     9.00 - 12.00 am


Run Better - Faster - Longer - Stronger

Do you dream of being that runner where every step of every mile is 100% pain free? No aches, no twinges or niggles, no lingering soreness from yesterday’s session.

Well, you are not alone; research shows that as many as 79% of runners get injured at least once during the year.



Think about that number for a moment; nearly 8 out of every 10 runners you see at your next race have been or will be injured sometime that year.


Think of running pains in terms of a spectrum. At one end you have severe, full-blown injuries, well name that the red zone, which includes problems such as stress fractures that require time off. The other end, where you're in top form, is the green zone. Mild, transient aches that bug you one day and disappear the next sit closer to the green end. Unfortunately, many runners get stuck in the middle, in the not-quite-injured but not-quite-healthy yellow zone.

Your ability to stay in the green zone depends largely on how you react to that first stab of pain. Often a little rest now, or reduction in training mileage and intensity, with some treatment, can prevent a lot of time off later.

Developing a proactive long-term injury-prevention strategy, such as strength training, stretching, regular massage and foam-rolling can help keep you in the ‘green.’

Physiotherapy is a lot like homework, not all of us like having to do it, but if you don't do it, you’re sure to get in trouble at some stage!

You can find more information and exercise leaflets for injury prevention by e-mailing your details to us at the North Wales Sports Clinic Ltd - - and we will e- mail them back to you for you to use or click link -


So, What Causes Running Injuries?

There are a lot of theories as to what causes running injury, but it seems the answer is obvious:




Research has stated that “running practice is a necessary cause for RRI (Running Related Injury) and, in fact, the only necessary cause.


With running being the key risk factor for running injuries what other factors influence risk?


Historically a lot of emphasis was placed on -  intrinsic factors like leg length discrepancy, pronation (flat foot), high arches, genu valgus/varum (knock knee or bow legged) and -  extrinsic factors like ‘special’ running shoes being stability shoes or anti-pronation shoes, lack of stretching.


However, recent studies have shown there is no one specific risk factor that has a direct cause-effect relationship with injury rate or injury prevention.

Whilst warming up, compression garments, acupuncture and massage have some evidence in reducing injury rates it is all a little grey.

Leaving you with a multifactorial buffet of probable contributing causes to running injuries.


There is however one specific factor that has been proven, and that is training error.

Estimates suggest that anywhere from 60 to as much as 80% of running injuries are due to training errors.

Runners become injured when they exceed their tissues capacity to tolerate load.

A combination of overloading with inadequate recovery time – my regular clients are used to me citing “Overuse & Overload” – as a causation factor of their injury.

Poorly perfused tissues, such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage, are particularly at risk because they adapt more slowly than muscles to increased mechanical load – which again links to my regular clients being issued with advice on reloading at the pace of the ligaments, tendons or cartilage and not at their aerobic abilities.

Factors that affect how much training load a runner can tolerate before injury will also have a role.


There are 2 key factors that appear to play a part in this – Body Mass Index (BMI > 25) and history of previous injury, especially in the last 12 months.

While high BMI and previous injury may reduce the amount of running your body can manage, strength and conditioning is likely to increase it.


There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of strength training to reduce injury risk and improve performance.


Training error and injury risk share a complex relationship - it may not be that total running mileage on its own is key but how quickly this increases, hill and speed training.


The old saying of “too much, too soon” is probably quite accurate.


Injury prevention is really a ‘mirror image’ of the causes of an injury. So, if you understand the primary reasons for getting injured then you are heading in the right direction to staying healthy this running season.


You can find out more on injury prevention, with recommended exercise leaflets. 


We have produced a series of prevention and treatment guides for the 6 most common running injuries which you can download here :-

The Most Common Injuries to be Aware of?

Body tissues such as muscles and tendons are continuously stressed and repaired daily, because of both 'normal' functional activities and sport.


An overuse injury often occurs when a specific tissue fails to repair in the time available, begins to breakdown initially at microscopic level and then over time develops into a true injury. So, the first time you feel a soreness, a stiffness or a pain is not necessarily when it all began.


The most common injury is ‘runners knee’ or patellofemoral pain syndrome and accounts for over 40% of running injuries. This is followed closely by plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy and then ITB (iliotibial band syndrome), shin splints and hamstring strain.


These injuries generally need complete rest or at least a reduction in training volume and intensity. Followed by physiotherapy to promote tissue healing and mobility.

Although these are overuse injuries there is frequently an underlying muscle weakness and/or

flexibility issue that needs to be addressed with specific rehabilitation exercises.


Follow this link to find more specific information about each of the most common running injuries with specific rehabilitation leaflets for you to use.


You can also find our prevention and treatment guides for the following running injuries at this link:


·         Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)

·         Patellofemoral pain (runners knee)

·         Achilles tendinopathy

·         Plantar fasciitis

·         Hamstring strains

·         Iliotibial band syndrome


While guidance can be given, it is often general in its nature, whereas individual complaints may need individual attention.


If you do pick up an injury (including 'tightness' 'irritation' or 'niggle') that youre worried about then we can help, the sooner its treated the better.


Russ Davison Chartered Physiotherapist – North Wales Sports Clinic Ltd

Tel 01244 630809          E-mail - to make an appointment

Remember to click on the link to access our prevention & treatment guides

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