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Weather warriors v rain retreaters

The great inside-out exercise debate The clocks have changed and so, it seems, has the weather. It may improve again, but over the last...

If at first you don’t succeed…

The last eighteen months has seen new meaning given to ordinary words all around the world. In our house, that is more to do with a...

Not all pictures tell the truth

A picture paints a thousand words, they say. And sometimes ‘they’ are right, but for those thousand words to make any sense, some context...

Overuse, micro-traumas and injuries

Is it just me and my advancing age, or are more words being overused these days? Like, literally? It’s hard for me to even see those...

Four Legged Physical and Mental Therapy

The multiple benefits of dog ownership It seems that in our house we have ticked all the pandemic cliché boxes. We have baked banana...

A short lesson on schoolbags

It’s that time of year again. The Mayo GAA rollercoaster is in full swing (what an epic win on Saturday!), and the days are getting a...

The magic of niche

Why the Olympics is still the greatest sporting spectacle on earth Sabre. Street. Skeet. Sculls. Random words that for most of our lives...

An Aussie Rules

Ashleigh Barty’s inspiring journey to the top of her game Ashleigh Barty is the second Indigenous Australian to win Wimbledon’s single’s...

Some truths are bone deep

The Silent Disease: it sounds like a good name for a movie. It would have Jeff Goldblum working in a lab desperately seeking a cure for a...

Can I still exercise if I’m unwell?

‘Oh, it’s going around...’. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when everything from a hint of a sniffle through the nastiest man-flu to...

The Picture of Health?

A picture paints a thousand words, they say. And sometimes ‘they’ are right, but for those thousand words to make any sense, some context...

Depression, mental health and activity

It was Mental Health Awareness week recently, and Mental Health Ireland in their promotional material included the ‘Five Ways to...

Bare naked truth about shoes for kids

In my work coaching runners, I spend a lot of time talking to adults about feet and shoes, and the conversation naturally drifts onto...

What if it’s not your back’s fault?

Do you have a ‘weak’ back? Given that up to 80 percent of people in the developed world will suffer with back pain at some stage, most of...

Breast cancer and movement

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which individuals, clubs, schools and workplaces all over the world are being asked...

Do ice-baths really help recovery?

The Rugby World Cup is upon us. Can this Irish team do what none of their predecessors have managed and progress beyond the...

Farming takes a toll on the body

It was suggested recently that I write about farming injuries. It would seem a sensible suggestion. We are, after all, in a rural area...

Why men need to wake up

Men. Apparently we are the root of all evil, oppressing women, children, other men, even small puppies if we get the chance. With...

Time to step up?

A fortnight ago in these pages, we looked at the relative insignificance of foot strike in relation to running injuries. For those who...

The great foot-strike debate

‘Four legs good, two legs bad’ claimed the pigs in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ in a simplistic summary of their beliefs. While not as...

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