I decided this weekend that I needed a syndrome. I don’t mean that I should start shouting rude words on buses or develop something ferociously sore on a bony bit of my body. I have the utmost sympathy for any currently recognised syndrome sufferer, but I wanted a new one. What I really mean is that I wanted to invent one… or more accurately I am at that stage of my career where I should be “identifying” one. I could then talk about it a lot, which could pad out
I watch a lot of warm ups and I do a few myself, or with groups, or write about them, or even research them. They are everywhere. In magazines, on posters, there are probably many hundreds of thousands of them on Youtube… including a few of my own efforts. And they are without doubt… The Law. If you don’t do a warm up and you sustain an injury doing the thing you should have warmed up for then someone will almost certainly remind you that you “didn’t warm up properly”…
I really love my trainers. Here they are taking a wee break from looking after my feet and having a welcome frolic in our garden…
I got them from a bloke whilst we were waiting in a check-in queue at Valencia airport. He had blagged them from an Asics rep but they were too small for him and gave him blisters whilst caddying. So I convinced him they would go better on my feet and he fished them out his bag. They are “not for resale” pre-prods (which is one of their allures).
This is my blog and I am trying to make sure I am providing useful information and not blether. So this edition is going to showcase a unique piece of research I did last year, although it is entirely anecdotal, non “scientific”, has a small cohort number, and won’t include many tables or flow charts (there is a graph)… and to be honest is poorly referenced. Sorry… it also lacks an “instant expert” abstract, although could certainly be described as abstract. I am going to present it mainly in abbreviated
The word “functional” is all over my web site, my resources, course flyers and even embroidered into my clothes. If I was younger and drunker I’d probably have it tattooed across my back, may be in some form of Sanskrit or Chinese symbols to make me feel more unique… even though it will almost certainly spell “gullible” in that age old inkers private joke.
When we first jumped aboard the functional steam ship some 15 years ago now, it seemed like an exciting word, it seemed right and apt. One word
Most recreational athletes would definitely prefer not to be injured, they may not be doing a great deal to ensure this, but they’d rather this was the case. It is improbable. If you commit to an athletics based sport (sometimes for a lifetime) then it is highly likely, if not guaranteed, that at some stage you will sustain an injury…. and sustain is the key word here. Let’s talk mainly running…. the majority of what are termed “running injuries” are non-traumatic. Their primary cause is some form of sustained dysfunction
There they are above. You’ve got the less conventional baseball or ten finger on the left, and your lets say more conventional interlocking or overlapping (or Vardon if you like). That’s your basic choices. A very large percentage of tour Pro’s are going to be conventional. Very few have been, or are, ten fingered. Bob Rosburg, Moe Norman, and others have used the 10 finger grip. Bob Estes used it for a while but has since gone back to conventional. One current PGA tour player using a 10 finger is Scott Piercy.
So this is it.
I am a blogger. I am allowed to say that now if ever I am on a quiz show, or asked by border control officers as to my occupation. I can also develop a supercilious smile, wear cardigans down the pub and pass judgments on things I am utterly unqualified to even comment on because I BLOG.
Just kidding. I am going to be posting intermittent thoughts and resources here. Also showcasing some invite contributors etc.