Using a TENS machine (well the EMS part) for sports injury

Today i shocked myself as advised by the yoga therapist …..

If you’ve had a muscle injury, there’s every chance you’ll benefit from EMS devices at surgeries, hospitals and gyms – that’s because they are commonly used to treat muscle groups affected by sports injuries.
Most EMS devices contain sport programmes and recovery programmes to effectively relieve minor aches and pains from your muscle workout.

A rehabilitation program should be designed with seven essential principles in mind: 2 main objectives and individual long and short-term goals.

Principles of sports rehabilitation:

  • Avoid aggravation – do not make the injury worse during the rehabilitation
  • Timing – rehabilitation should be started as soon as it is possible without aggravating the injury
  • Compliance – it is imperative you carry out the rehabilitation program in its entirety
  • Individualization – each athlete is different. The rehabilitation response will vary from patient to patient
  • Specific sequencing – incorporate all components of physical fitness as part of your rehabilitation program
  • Intensity – without aggravating the injury rehab should challenge you and progress your fitness
  • Total patient – it is important not to just focus on the injured part but to offer a holistic overall body rehab approach

The 2 main objectives of sports rehabilitation are:

  • Prevent deconditioning as a result of the injury
  • Rehabilitate the injured part

How EMS Works 
EMS devices have become quite popular in sports injury rehabilitation. When a person has a muscle injury, the electrical current produced by the EMS machine stimulates the muscles. This stimulation triggers repairing of the muscle tissue.

Electronic Muscle Stimulation Devices produce electrical signals that stimulate the nerves. The devices are normally connected to the patient through electrodes that are held in place with adhesive. By placing the pads on a certain set of muscles, and then sending the impulses via the EMS unit, the muscles will react by contracting and relaxing. The resulting contractions are much like the contractions that take place during regular exercise.

Depending on the area that requires treatment, a practitioner can switch the voltage for different pressure points on the muscle. The low voltage reduces pain and stimulates the muscle tissue. EMS devices help stimulate muscle tissue that may not be affected by regular exercise routines. They will stimulate damaged muscle tissues resulting in repairing, toning, and strengthening of the damaged tissue. Wherever the tissues are damaged, EMA devices will stimulate the fibers to various degrees and patterns. These patterns will create a different response from the contraction. Programs are designed to improve exhaustion resistance, endurance, and promote muscle healing. The purpose of using EMS on athletes is to shorten recovery time so they can return to the sport.

I love this Garmin Video

Virtual Partner:

Today’s record is tomorrow’s motivation

Virtual Partner™ can turn any training session into a virtual matchup. Letting you race your previous bests or challenge any activities uploaded to Garmin Connect™.

Train with Christophe Le Mevel this winter with pre-planned training activities available for download at

Watch this video from Timmelsjoch in Austria as Team Garmin’s Christophe Le Mével climbs using the Edge 800 cycling GPS.


Ladies Only Trail – Mountain Bike

Well according to the video. Trail looks fantastic ….

Properly set up suspension is barely a luxury for technical trails on little bikes. Arthur and his Tallboy, solo “Ladies Only” rip, thanking Todd for his hard work every time his tires touch a new patch of gold dirt.

Find part II of Arthur’s interview below:

Created By Matt Dennison


Sh*t cyclist say

the best of these i have found – maybe why I am not a full roadie yet …


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Starring: Ryan Van Duzer –

When a bike gets abandoned and stripped

I am amazed how long it lasted

Get a bike. Lock it to a post. Take a pic every day for a year.

Last year, Red Peak Branding conducted a unique urban experiment for Hudson Urban Bicycles. On January 1, 2011 we chained a fully loaded bike – bells, basket, lights and more – to a post along a busy Soho street. We took a picture of the bike everyday for 365 days, watching it slowly vanish before our eyes. The photos we took were then turned into a daily calendar. We call this project LIFECYCLE: 365 days in the life of a bike in NYC.

Sh*t kiteboarders say

not quite as good as the mtb one but still funny

missed out on classics like:

‘wow saw your wipeout ..’

‘did you see my 520 railed landing wrapped…?’

‘I landed so hard my strap broke’

In Scotland ‘Its gusty out there like 18knots gusting 40’

‘you should get a c kite’

‘you shouldn’t be on a c kite’