Which article is this you ask? Well, following section below caught my eye.
"Some people would perceive the addition to be minimal, probably no more than an ounce and the distribution is spread evenly across the head. However, even a small change comes with a risk."
Rafael Nadal in his quest to serve better (as he noticed his service speed had dropped in 2011 compared to 2010) added some weight to his racquet head. This is as he realized the number of aces per match he served last season was less than half of what Andy Murray & Roger Federer managed.
Elite athletes are extremely sensitive when it comes to equipment change. Because of the repetitive movements/ stroke etc, a small change can wreak havoc and create biomechanical changes and cause injuries. True enough, Rafa started having shoulder pain in while playing in a tournament in Doha last week and lost his semi-final.
Myself included. After a bike accident that damaged my bike back in 2001, I changed bike frames (of a different brand) but set up everything else exactly the same. Just 3 days after the bike changed, I started having pain down my right hamstring. Every time after I finished the bike leg in a triathlon, I had pain in my right hamstrings every single time that whole season.
What's more surprising, 2 days after I managed to get a brand new frame similar to my previous damaged one cleared the problem almost straight away.
So as the new season beckons for all of you, make sure you don't introduce drastic changes to your training and/ or your equipment.
*Article "Nadal, creature of habit, forced to adapt to stay on top" from The Times, London republished in the Straits Times on Monday, 090112 on page B13
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About Gino Ng
Prior to joining Physio Solutions and starting up Sports Solutions, Gino Ng worked as a senior sports physiotherapist at the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) from 1999-2009. He graduated with a double masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia on a SSC sponsorship.
Gino's position is perhaps most unique amongst sports physiotherapists in Singapore having seen all sides of the field as a practitioner, an athlete and as a patient.
His special interests are in the treatment of articular cartilage injuries having done research in the area whilst undergoing his postgraduate training. He specializes in treating sports injuries, as well as devising sports rehabilitation programmes after reconstructive surgeries to the shoulder, knee and ankle joints.
As a former national triathlete, Gino is a 2-time Singapore National Triathlon champion (2000-2001), National Duathlon champion (2001), 10-time winner of the National Vertical Marathon (1998-2001, 2004-2005, 2007-2010). He has also placed 4th at the 2001 Asian Duathlon Championships in Hong Kong and made several podium finishes in the Asian Cup Triathlon Series events over the years while holding down a full time job as a physiotherapist.
Partly as a result of his gruelling training regime, Gino needed 3 knee surgeries in 2002 and 2003. After which he made a comeback and placed 4th in the 2005 SEA Games triathlon event.
When not participating, Gino has kept close to sports, travelling widely with the Singapore medical teams for major overseas events such as the various SEA Games, 2002, 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2006 Asian Games and he is the only local Singaporean physiotherapist to have been to both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Gino is also one of only three certified Kinesio Taping Instructors (CKTI) in Singapore and teaches the Kinesio Taping Level 1, 2 & 3 courses. He is also a frequent speaker at symposiums and sporting events.
While out cycling in April 2013, Gino had an accident and fractured his skull and spine. Thankfully, he is a lot better now and is back working part time. Having neck and back pain? Well, now you know who came back from a broken skull and back.