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By Lawrence from Rolls and Rehab, injury rehabilitation therapist and mobility specialist Injury prevention is a commonly used term to describe the goal of training with the purpose to prevent injury in sport and daily life. It is worthwhile to understand what we must be aware of and adhere to when it comes to injury prevention, and principles that can guide our decision making when approaching our training. There’s a well-known saying: ‘Prevention is better than a cure’.  The reality that we have to adhere to is risk management. To think we can prevent injury is naive. The only way...

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By Former Special Forces Sergeant Major Gaz Banford Human beings need daily challenges. We may dream of a life of leisure, but that’s all that really is, a dream. It is healthy for us to be challenged on a daily basis – we need it, and we thrive on it, whether we realise it or not. The military gives you this. You have a structure, you have challenging things to do every day. It may seem tough to the outsider, but this kind of life is very rewarding because every day you are being driven out of your comfort zone...

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Juniour Mcilhiney is a former Royal Marines Commando who was hit by an IED on his second tour of Afghanistan, sustaining serious back injuries. After intensive rehabilitation he was medically discharged in 2015. A keen boxer since he was a child, Juniour’s injuries left him unable to train in the sport he loved. He missed boxing and he missed the Marines, so could jiu-jitsu be the answer? Juniour knew about the work Sam Sheriff was doing with REORG, but something was holding him back. “Sam kept talking to me about jiu-jitsu, but for some reason I was putting it off....

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By Lawrence from Rolls and Rehab, injury rehabilitation therapist and mobility specialist Being strong is a great advantage in jiu-jitsu, but is traditional strength training the best way to shore up your game? It is important to consider the limitations of certain exercises and whether they will help you achieve what you want. Strength training plays a very necessary role in sports performance and mitigating risk of injury. With traditional strength training exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench press etc, the idea is simple: with consistent input and progressive overload, we are able to lift more weight. How do we know...

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By Mark Ormrod MBE, REORG Trustee. Shaving off my hair and beard was phase one of my REORG fundraising drive, and I am very grateful to everyone that contributed. Phase two is not going to be quite so easy – I am going to do a 5K run. If you think 5,000 metres sounds easy, I will briefly explain what it is like when you are a triple amputee. When an able-bodied person walks, your toes, ankles, calf muscles, quads and glutes, all work in harmony to propel you down the street. Then if you start running, your whole upper...

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