tendon stress shielding

To understand the theory behind much tendon fixing, you need to understand the concept of Stress shielding. This is where the rest of the tendon jumps in to protect part of a damaged tendon.

The more the damaged tendon is shielded, the weaker it becomes. The more you try mild therapy on the tendon, the more the damaged bit of the tendon isn’t challenged or encouraged to heal. It just stays protected by the rest of the tendon, festering. This is why all effective treatments often require you to move into some type of pain!

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Psychology, belief, or training development?

Mindset advocates wax lyrical about Roger Bannister who on May 6, 1954, broke the world record for the mile by nearly two seconds, becoming the first man to (officially) run the distance in under four minutes. The previous world record had lasted for nine years. Within 46 days, Australian Jim Landry broke Bannister’s record by a further 1.5 seconds.

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Protein Blindness and Weight Management

I don’t think there is an effective healthy eating regime that overlooks protein. For a meal or snack to be healthy and contribute to weight management and emotional regulation, I’d suggest it should be a combination of natural slow release carbs, healthy fat and a bit of protein. I’d also suggest that most healthy eating regimes are probably based around 6 meals a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack)

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Emotional Eating: The free 5 day emotions and eating challenge

Every year some people attend a few food-based education sessions, sign up for a few exercise classes, turn over a new leaf, and voila a few months later they are at a healthy target weight. According to the obesity statistics, about 50% of the population are able to maintain a healthy weight, and a physique they are  (presumably) comfortable with, without ever seeing a trainer or a weight loss expert. Some people so it seems,  have a natural gift to maintain a balance between food and activity.

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Weight management mechanics

Assuming you don’t have a psychological/emotional connection with food, weight management is simple.

That said, I think 87% of people I see have a psychological/emotional connection with food, so this technical rundown won’t really help, but eventually, you’ll end up needing these skills.

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Tendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy. Lets call the whole thing off

The older your therapist or trainer, the more likely they are to muddle up what to call your tendon pain. The younger your trainer or therapist, the more likely they are to waste your time with an obnoxious mini-lecture if you use the wrong word.

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