Twitter is always something that’s always confused me. I understand the attraction of being in contact with famous people, and it does make sportsmen, politicians and experts seem more accessible. On the flip side, looking at a twitter feed is a pretty boring way to spend your time.
I guess I don’t understand why people are interested in – mainly – boring tweets that don’t contain much information at all. For example, I follow Cristiano Ronaldo, and his tweets are rarely more than “training for game on Saturday”. Not exactly earth shattering news. Admittedly, most people are more entertaining than this.
There are a few people who I enjoy following though, and these tweeters are the only reason I keep my account. The occasional “battle” between high profile celebrities can also be entertaining to watch, as can watching an athlete go on a rant after being dropped (thanks Kevin).
On the other side of the coin, many people on Twitter aren’t as boring as the impression given to people who don’t use it. I rarely see anyone posting about their eating habits, for example, which is something that’s much more common on Facebook. Usually an interesting tweet is simply a quick summary of an informative or funny link, so you could argue that Twitter is just another medium for sharing websites amongst like minded people.
So overall, Twitter is definitely overhyped in my opinion, but worthy of a few minutes a day checking to see if anything interesting has been posted. Subscribing to high quality blogs related to your interests is a much better way of getting good information though.
Knee pain is a really common problem for athletes – especially those who do a lot of sports. I’ve learnt a lot about knee pain in the last few years (unfortunately), and it can really throw the spanner in the works when it comes to training! The upside is that there are a few tips I’ve learnt about knee pain, to hopefully help anyone else who might have similar problems. The most important thing is to respect the knee joint – it’s very complicated and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with it!
Stop When You Get Pain
If you start getting pain during a certain activity, then make sure you stop immediately. The longer you carry on with an injury the more likely you are to cause further damage. If you’ve started to get patellar tendonitis for example, and you carry on running, then it’s only going to get worse until you can address the underlying problem. Once it develops into tendinosis then it’s much more difficult to treat.
Question Your Physio
This is a big one! I was treated for a long time for patella tendonitis, when in actual fact I had something called a fat pad impingement which requires different types of treatment. Obviously, you’re going to a physio because you want their expertise, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make mistakes or that you can’t ask for clarification on something. It’s also essential to get a physio that knows a lot about the knee, as there is a huge range in knowledge when it comes to this complex joint.
Sometimes, rest alone isn’t enough
If your pain isn’t going away after a few weeks then you should always go and see a doctor and ask to be referred to a specialist. In many cases, a knee injury will just require rest, but if you have something more serious then this may not be enough. The quicker you get a diagnosis of the problem the more likely you are to make a full recovery.
Knee pain can be a horrible experience, especially when it becomes chronic. For an athlete, it’s essential to keep your body in shape so that injuries are less common. One of the most commonly seen causes of knee pain is a weak inner quad muscle, so doing quad exercises on a regular basis (making sure to recruit the VMO) will help to prevent injuries. Flat feet can also cause knee pain, especially if you do a log of running, so make sure you buy the right pair of shoes for the job. Many of the top brands manufacture running shoes for “over pronators”, which are great for people with flat feet.
Above all, listen to your body and be sensible about how much exercise you do. If you do too much, too soon, it’s only a matter of time before you pick up an injury. In the best case you’ll be out of action for a while, the worst case it could last for years and require surgery. It’s important not to take this risk.
Most of us live for the weekends, where you can leave the stress and strain of work behind and do things you really enjoy. My perfect weekend would be as follows. I’m sure anyone who reads this blog will have their own opinion on what their perfect weekend is, so make sure you leave your personal thoughts in the comments form below.
Saturday morning would be a nice long lie in, followed by watching a top game of football at midday. Nothing beats a bacon sandwich while watching the game in your dressing gown. This would be followed by doing something with my girlfriend – possibly a film or trip out somewhere. The evening is a good time to go out for dinner and maybe a few drinks at a pub.
Sunday morning would start with another lie in, and would be followed by a big Sunday roast (does anyone still have these anymore? I haven’t in a long time) with the family. The afternoon’s a good time to watch some more sport, and spend some time with friends. During the winter months I’d fit a game of football in somewhere in there for good measure, and in the summer maybe a game of cricket. Sunday evening is usually spent relaxing, maybe going to a pub quiz with friends or something similar.
So what would your perfect weekend be? Obviously, most of the time my weekend doesn’t come close to this. Usually I end up working a bit on Saturday, but I enjoy my work so it doesn’t matter too much.