Tagged as: achilles

Fancy Being a Lab rat? Got a spare Achilles?

Eleanor Trezis, an MSC  Student  at Queen Marys  is seeking participants for a research study . Would you be willing to take part?

The commitment is relatively low besides from a weekly 1 hour visit to Queen Mary’s Human Performance Lab (Mile End Road) .

It may be of particular interest to active/sporty people as the exercise regime is thought to improve tendon health, increase ankle flexibility  and enhance Achilles tendon injury prevention.

Benefits: this simple training regime helps prevent Achilles tendon injury, learn a little about your lower leg biomechanics + (hopefully) inform development of tendinopathy (chronic tendon pain) treatments of the future.

What you’d do: 3 x 15 repetitions of this simple heel drop exercise three times per week. Once a week you’d also visit Queen Mary Uni’s “Human Performance Lab” where sensors will be placed on your dominant leg in order to analyse your tendons and muscles as they work.


 Study start: within next two weeks depending on participant availability.

Lab address: Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS (nearest tube = Mile End on Central Line).

 Email/call if you’re willing to volunteer 🙂 e.l.trezise@se16.qmul.ac.uk / 07540 287 999

Mobility: Achilles Help

As our programming progresses, we will seek to support your fitness performance by enabling and empowering you to do mobility at home.  To be effective, mobility and therapy drills need to be constantly and relentlessly applied, not slipped in before a class.

Some of this mobility will be preventative, but much will be reactive.  It’s very difficult to perform shoulder drills if your shoulders are fine, likewise, most lack the will to do ” bad back therapy” if their backs are fine ( it’s actually a bit of a nightmare getting people to do them when they are in agony and the results are immediate and pain relieving!)

Week, by week, the mobility team: Me, Kate, Carolyn, Sui, Felix, and Jenny will be compiling videos, supported by blog posts, to help you deal with “issues”  and to advance your flexibility and your mobility. In class, our trainers will hound you for the best form you can manage. Today’s issue is Achilles Pain

Everybody can fall foul of Achilles pain. Some will call it Achilles Tendonitis, others Tendonosis.  Im thick and i  prefer more obvious terms like, ” my  F***ing Achilles hurts”.

I endorse my use of the word  “hurts:

It cuts to the chase.

You”ll get this condition by a mix of too much volume in both running and lifting. Excessive double under’s and box jumps won’t help. Experimenting with flat shoes, if you have spent the last 30 years with a heel lift, will also bring this on. In fact, there is an interesting study that warns against Crossfitting and wearing flat shoes

Being an evil person, in general, won’t help.

Speaking personally as  an asshole who trains through pain,  training through the pain will really really make it worse and hurt. But no one could have stopped me, so I won’t stop you. I do though suggest you review your training and bring in as many mobility drills as you can find. Here are my 3 favorites

Eccentric drops: one of the No1 drills to fix. Sort of an extreme stretch, but without having to go to yoga class to do it

The voodoo band: do this occasionally, don’t go too tight in the early stages

Rock Tape. Modern research is showing that there is a sneaky bit of magic occurring under the skin in the subcutaneous fat. Gently pulling the skin allows magic pixie and fairy fluids to circulate and do magical things. It needs 2 strips:
This one

Then this one

I should point out that all pain has a stress element. The more you can build good karma into your life, the better. Pain is sometimes the body’s way of slowing you down?

Voodoo Bands and Achilles pain

Voodoo bands are “in” and “hip” and trendy. No squat woud be complete without some rubber snuggling its way into your crotch. According to Kelly at Mobility WOD, the bands could, possibly work  by pushing swelling out, making surfaces glide, getting the lymphatic pumps work, or simply by making the magic pixies come to visit.

No one, (when I searched)  has used Voodoo bands on their achilles pain (or posted about it)

Here is my  2 nd go.  The 1st was last night. This is an experiment!! ( So it could fail)

For my earlier struggles with  my crap achilles, check out this series