A lot of people talk about how your body’s mobility and flexibility are important, and some people when injured come to realise how effective it is on your performance if these are one of your main focuses of training. But do YOU understand why it is important and HOW it can affect your performance? Sometimes…
Foam Rolling and Stretching Advice What should I do before physical activity? Should I stretch or foam roll? What is the difference? Some people are unsure of what things should be done as a warm-up, how to cool down correctly, what should be done on recovery days and what to even do at all when…
Sports massage isn’t just for athletes, its a technique that is applied in a deep and manipulative way, to help relive the issue you may have.
Our ankles are the basic foundation of most movements, yet it is occasionally the most ignored joint next to the wrist in terms of flexibility.
Following a week’s bespoke rehabilitation at Function Jigsaw’s clinic in Wigston, a client, who had flown in from Miami, saw her results drastically improve
Lauren Dobson explains the four pillars of performance that make up our FJ Performance programme: mindset, strength & conditioning, nutrition and recovery
One of Leicestershire and Rutland’s leading bike-fitters, Phil Craddock, will be hosting an educational evening at Function Jigsaw’s clinic
Concussion figures are rising in many sports and they are set to get even higher. So how seriously is your team taking the risks? Call us to find out.
Working with Function Jigsaw’s Performance plan, champion cyclist Matt Bottrill’s results produced a great story as he won the Leicester Sprint Triathlon.
Matt Bottrill has been ‘absolutely battered’ – but for all the right reasons. The former national cycling champion is nearing the end of the gruelling challenge with Function Jigsaw that will transform him from a Great Britain cycling international, into someone who can genuinely compete in triathlons…in just six weeks!
After 945 miles of running over 16 weeks of training, Martin Hulbert was ready to run the Virgin London Marathon – but will he make his target?
Martin Hulbert has been blogging his build-up to the London marathon for six months. Now the day has finally arrived, will he hit his running targets?
Guest blogger Martin Hulbert is getting closer to running the London Marathon But will a persistent leg issue ruin his hopes to run a personal best?
Former multi-national cycling champ Matt Bottrill is taking on one of the biggest challenges of his life at the hands of Function Jigsaw’s Performance Team
Amateur runner Martin Hulbert is preparing for the London Marathon in April. Here, in his fourth guest blog about his training, he juggles getting some serious miles in his legs with his wife’s birthday, a trip to London and some toast!
Join the Function Jigsaw team for some ideas on how to reduce lower back pain, knee injuries, and much more at our free education class
Our Fit For Industry programme promotes well-being in the workplace and can help cut down the amount of days your staff have off with stress-related issues.
Lauren Dobson’s new blog examines the benefits of using Active Band exercises to improve the stability of the lower body
If you are a swimmer who wants to cut down on the risk of shoulder injuries, read Tom Heeley’s latest video blog containing ideas and exercises to follow
In the third of his guest blogs leading up to the London Marathon in April, Martin Hulbert explains why he has been getting strange looks from car dealers throughout Leicestershire.
Amateur runner Martin Hulbert writes the second of his blogs leading up to the London Marathon. Follow his training methods and ideas here.
The idea of a foam roller is to replicate the effects of sports massage. We examine the positive effects of foam rolling and soft tissue release
So how important is your hamstring strength, writes Lauren Dobson? Have you previously, or do you currently suffer with a knee injury, weak knees or recurring knee pain? A strength imbalance between your hamstrings and quads increases your risk of injuries, such as muscle strains and ligament sprains especially around the knee joint. The anatomy….…
Have you seen athletes running around with coloured tape strapped to them? Find out how and why Sport Tape works in this blog with Tom Heeley.
By Lauren Dobson There is an old saying knocking around that goes: ‘No Pain, No Gain’. Regrettably, some athletes misinterpret this and believe it means that any uncomfortable sensation can be worked through. Pushing through fatigue, muscle soreness and muscle pain is one thing. Understanding how hard to push yourself without causing any problems, is…
Leicester Lions Rugby Club will benefit from Function Jigsaw's medical and conditioning support this season.
Function Jigsaw are delighted to announce their support for Great Britain age group triathletes Angus Smith and Emily Patch.
The Kossak squat is a great way to dynamically warm up each leg individually, writes Tom Heeley. When done to the shape of a box, it allows for comfortable and objectively measurable improvements. Tom doing a Kossak squat. It is also a perfect exercise…
The Active Roller is ideal to loosen any knots that can be found in the gluteus maximus (backside) and can also help alleviate lower back pain. This short and easy-to-do workout can really help free you up before or after exercise.
Despite the gluteal muscles being an area for tightness and trigger points they are commonly an area of underdevelopment too, writes Tom Heeley.
Function Jigsaw are delighted to announce a new partnership with HPT5 – an innovative company that improves the knowledge and skill-set of personal trainers to improve their prospects in business.
The gluteal muscles are a common area for tightness and reduced mobility for a lot of us, writes Tom Heeley. They have a large pain referral pattern and trigger points here can spread far and wide throughout the body to cause more discomfort. Using an Active Ball from Function Jigsaw’s Active Kit Range, place it…
Function Jigsaw held an education day at the HQ of Giant UK for cyclists to help improve the marginal gains that could improve their performance in a race.
Hip Hinging may look strange but it is a great exercise to help reach our goal of better squats, writes Tom Heeley. The ability to dissociate between the lumbar (lower part of the back) and the pelvis is vitally important for most fundamental tasks in life and inability to do this is often a cause…
Squatting is a fundamental movement skill. As children and babies we all squat, crawl and lunge but due to the demands of work and injuries through life, we lose the ability and mobility to execute these drills correctly, writes Tom Heeley. The stretches and drills I will examine in this set of blogs will help to…
Function Jigsaw and fitness specialists UFit have launched a partnership to bring together the best of both companies.
Your ankles’ range of movement plays a key role in the depth and quality of a squat and your calf plays a big part in that, writes Tom Heeley. An attempted squat where you can not achieve sufficient depth without having to raise up onto your toes is often because of a lack of both…
Robbie’s Rugby Festival is a 10s tournament that has been growing in numbers and excitement for the past eight years, writes Jessica Warrington.
This year's event is its biggest yet with over 30 teams playing during the day. This is then followed by a big celebratory party in the evening on the pitches.
Function Jigsaw are official partners and exclusive massage, sports taping & injury management suppliers to this year’s Leicester Marathon.
Are you a personal trainer who wants to add more quality and depth to your services in order to win more clients?
Then HPT5 and Function Jigsaw invite you to an open evening to promote a new course that will leave your customers buzzing.
By Lauren Dobson It has crept up on us extremely quickly but marathon season has arrived. Most of the marathon athletes are panicking because they’ve not done enough training, are not feeling very confident and are cramming in the last few long runs in before the rest needed on the run up to the…
Have you picked up an injury over the weekend doing the activities you enjoy?
Function Jigsaw – your total solution in both fitness and rehabilitation – is launching a new acute sports injuries clinic at Melton Sports Village from Monday August 1.
Sports Therapist Tom Heeley has held a practical seminar at Function Jigsaw for the benefit of some of Leicestershire’s Personal Trainers (PTs). The idea behind ‘The Missing Piece From Your Client’s Puzzle’ was to discuss with those in attendance, the common areas of pain we see with clients who have been referred to us from…
By Tom Heeley Organisation You will be nervous and excited on the morning of your marathon, so you want to avoid any extra stress. Get all your race kit laid out the night before and make sure you know how and when you are going to get to the start area. Check parking or public…
Events season has slowly crept up on us here at Function Jigsaw and we have just come back from our first event of the season. The ‘Isle of Wight Challenge’ is organised through Action Challenge – a company that organises charity endurance events. Over 1400 people took part in the event which was raising money…
Function Jigsaw will be exclusive providers of massage, sports taping and injury management to the Survive 12 event in Northamptonshire in November.
The South Coast Challenge took place during some unseasonably red-hot English weather, write Jess Warrington (Events Co-Ordinator). And that weather would eventually take its toll on some of the competitors.
Amateur Wigston Pheonix runner, Martin Hulbert, begins to share his preparation for the London Marathon over the next five months.
Fleckney and Kibworth Running Club packed out the Function Jigsaw clinic for an evening of expert tips and ideas from our staff.
It was wonderful to be part of the Leicester Marathon for the first time on Sunday, writes Jess Warrington. The level of commitment from those intrepid competitors was obvious as they came through the finish line.
Conference North side Kidderminster Harriers FC are benefitting from all the services of a large medical team, without the costs, thanks to Function Jigsaw.
This is the ‘golden age of opportunity’ for personal trainers. Function Jigsaw and HPT5 have joined forces to offer a course will provide personal trainers with the opportunity to add a new dimension to the service they offer with high-level knowledge and hands-on skills that will take their business to a new level.
Function Jigsaw’s senior physiotherapist James Neal has addressed the Warwick Orthopaedics Sports Hip Injury Conference at the National Football Centre. James was invited to speak to a packed room of some 100 delegates from around the world who had travelled from places like America, Brazil, Australia, Holland and Austria for the two-day symposium at St…
Function Jigsaw have added the services of complementary therapist Nicky Carling to their portfolio of clinical partners.
Understanding the warm-up is a vitally important first step for any athlete no matter what the sport. The aims of the warm-up are to prepare the participants to perform efficiently and effectively and to reduce the risk of injury.
Injury management specialists Function Jigsaw have announced a partnership with Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching. The two companies, based in Leicestershire, will work closely together on a number of initiatives. Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching is a cycle coaching company that offers bespoke packages to enable their riders to work at a plan that is goal-specific and…
By Max Hartman If you’re heading out to the slopes this season to ski or snowboard, you can reduce your chances of injury and maximise your time on snow with these top tips. 1) Get strong: If you’re looking to head out to ski or board this January or February, it’s well worth getting into the…