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Bodypower 2018- The athletes

Bodypower provides the ultimate opportunity to meet some of the world’s most experienced industry experts alongside athletes from all over the international stage.

Bodypower features a vast array of sponsored athletes giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal with them. Whether they’re you’re idol due to their superhuman strength, flawless physique or their ‘vlogging’ lifestyle. Many of these athletes may have inspired and motivated you, your friends or even family into training and following a healthy lifestyle, possibly completely changing your life! Read More

Bodypower 2018

Once again Velocity PT Academy are proud to announce that we will be attending Bodypower 2018!

This year’s Bodypower is expected to be the biggest indoor fitness expo in the world, with athletes, organisations and visitors coming from all over the world! This is Bodypower’s 10th anniversary, with over 100,000 visitors expected and a Vegas theme that should not be missed. The expo will entertain and motivate aspiring individuals trying to get in to the fitness industry. Read More

Meet our new Sports Massage Therapy Tutor!

Velocity PT Academy would like to wish Brain Huxley, our new Sports Massage Therapist tutor a warm welcome to the team!

Brian Huxley is the proud owner of Freedom From Pain Services and Director of Training and Education of his Advanced Workshops section. He has over 21 years Clinical and Educational experience, a highly respected Advanced Sports Therapist, Hypnotherapist (NLP) and Senior Lecturer within the Sports injury, Rehabilitation and Hypnotherapy (NLP) industries. Brian has treated many Celebrity athletes over the years and lectured at various venues throughout the UK. Brian specialises in the study, application and teaching of myofascial release and exercise therapy. Read More

When best to stretch?

Although stretching is always advised after a warm-up, it can be performed at any time of the day appropriate to the client. Clients can be advised to stretch when at home, watching TV or at the office, in order to balance out periods of immobility in positions of poor posture.

Stretching should form an integral part of the body warm up and cool down. Static stretching, although once a common feature of a warm up, should generally be avoided. According to some evidence, static stretching: Read More

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be a result of a disease such as polio or spina bifida, but they are more commonly a result of trauma such as falls and motor vehicle accidents. The management of spinal cord injuries is dictated by the degree of paralysis and function.

This depends on the location of the injury on the spinal cord. Quadriplegia and tetraplegia result from injuries to the cervical region (neck); paraplegia involves the thoracic, lumbar or sacral area. The higher the location of the lesion, the greater the loss of body function. Read More

The Urinary System

The urinary system is vital for maintaining homeostasis and balance in the body. The system consists of:

-Kidneys

-Ureters

-Urinary bladder

-Urethra

The Kidneys

The human body has two kidneys positioned on either side of the vertebrae at the posterior of the abdominal cavity. The left kidney is usually slightly higher than the right due to the location of the liver. Read More

The structure and function of the digestive system

Although nutritional quality and quantity are central to optimal health and well-being, a functioning digestive system is pre-requisite for these benefits to take full effect. Failure of a single part of this system will compromise the amount of nutrition entering the body.

The stages of the digestive system are as follows:

-The mouth is the first part of the digestive system, the place where food in received. The roof of the mouth is formed by hard and soft palates and the anterior two-thirds of the tongue fill the floor of the mouth. The tongue is a muscular organ which is attached to the hyoid bone and mandible. Read More

Types of muscle tissue

There are three types of muscle tissue and each one has a different structure and function.

The three types are:

  • Smooth muscle, e.g. the digestive system
  • Cardiac muscle (myocardium), e.g. the heart
  • Skeletal muscle (striated), e.g. the hamstrings or triceps

Smooth Muscle

Smooth muscles are described as involuntary. It is not under conscious control but is controlled by the automatic nervous system. Smooth muscles, are found within the digestive system, the blood vessels, the urinary system and the reproductive system. It is used in all processes that maintain the body’s internal environment. E.g. blood vessels constrict and dilate (narrow and widen) to alter the flow of blood, and the muscles of the digestive tract contract to move food through the body. Read More

The Stages of bone repair

The grounds reaction applied to the body when jogging can be up to two and a half times its weight, which can actually rise up to 10 times if you factor in all other potential forces. Human bones are immensely strong and can deal with this, however as strong as they may be, they aren’t indestructible.

Bone damage can be referred to as a fracture. There are multiple types of fractures (e.g. greenstick, simple and compound). Although healing will depend upon the severity and complexity of an injury, they will all follow the same 4 stage healing process. Read More

Sports massage contexts

There are 4 different types of massage contexts which can assist in the performance, recovery and maintenance of an individual.

Pre-event massage

A pre-event massage should take place immediately before the event being prepared for. Ideally with a client leaving the massage bed and walking directly on to the playing field, court or arena. When performing a pre-massage for a team sport it is very hard to get through everyone, therefore there is a 2-hour period before the event takes place to receive a massage. Read More