McDermott's Sports Centre sell products that are relevant to supporting you in your quest to be fit & healthy; from the casual walker to the elite competitor, we’ve got the gear to help you reach your fitness & sporting goals and with this in mind we provide the following services:
The gait cycle begins when your foot makes contact with the ground and ends when that same foot contacts the ground on the next step. The two major parts of the gait cycle are the stance phase, which is when the foot is in full contact with the ground, and the swing phase which is the movement of the foot to the next step. This cycle can be further broken down into three phases; initial contact, mid-stance and toe-off for each side. Most peoples initial contact is through heel striking but some land mid-foot and fore-foot. What is consistent though is that we exert about 3.5 times our body weight in pressure each time we hit the ground and if you consider that each foot hits the ground 80-100 times per min, then that's a lot of pressure on our joints; so, hence the need for proper running shoes! As we all move through the gait cycle in different ways, we provide video gait analysis and running assessment which will help determine the running shoe that best suits your needs. The process takes about 15-20 minutes and initially involves discussion on your running history, followed by some basic body movements and recording of your running style, we will then show you the results and recommend what we think are the best type of running shoes for you. The bottom line in all of this is that the risk of potential injury can be significantly reduced by choosing the correct pair of shoes to run in.
We back up the sale of our nutritional products by giving you the information on how and when to consume them plus how they will benefit you in your chosen activity. We also offer advice on everyday food choices that will assist you in competition or to simply improve your general health and well-being.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
No matter what sport or activity you are participating in, S&C should be included as part of your training regime, not only to improve performance but to aid injury prevention. Proper resistance training and use of weights also benefits the human body as we go about our daily lives. Our in-house expert will be happy to provide more info on all of this plus take any queries on all things gym related.
The old saying "prevention is better than cure" is very relevant when it comes to sports injuries. With that in mind we stock only the best quality products; from performance in-soles to compression garments to medical supports, we've got the gear to (hopefully!) keep you injury free. Our in-house experts who have suffered many injuries themselves, will also be available to offer advice/tips on methods of prevention.
"Competition is the spice of life"...and so, when your standing on the start-line of that 10k or marathon, you simply want to get the best from yourself and improve your time. Our 3 in-house experts have all participated in various sports at competition level and are available to offer any words of wisdom that may give you the edge.