Legendary American climber Fred Beckey has passed away aged 94.
On 27 October the Italian mountaineer Enrico Mosetti and the Britons Ben Briggs and Tom Grant made the first ski descent of the Caroline Face, the difficult and dangerous SE Face of Mount Aoraki / Mount Cook (3724m) in New Zealand. The achievement has already been described by the local media as “historic”.
An Italian expedition comprised of François Cazzanelli, Francesco Ratti, Emrik Favre, Tomas Franchini, Matteo Faletti and Fabrizio Dellai has successfully climbed Mount Edgar (6618m) in the Sichuan region of China. Climbing in two teams, they repeated the original Korean route and established a new line up the West Face.
Interview with American climber Jim Reynolds who on 21 October 2017 teamed up with Brad Gobright to The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite in 2:19:44. In doing so they beat the previous speed record set in 2012 by Alex Honnold and Hans Florine by almost four minutes.
Mountaineering news: in October Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini made the first ascent of Shiva’s Ice, a beautiful new route up Shivling (6543 m) in the Indian Himalayas.
Some of the best climbers in the world explain the importance of a good belayer.
From 15 – 16 August 2017 the XMountain Mountain Guide Luca Montanari and Arianna Del Sordo made the first ascent of ‘From Italy with love’, a trad climb up the Crescent Towers in the heart of the Bugaboo Spires, Canada.
Recovering from sports related injuries can be a long and sometimes extremely painful process. This is why prevention of these injuries is so important. There are numerous different devices to help prevent and avoid different injuries for each joint, bone, and muscle in the body. If you have sustained an injury you can gain back some mobility and strength by using aids such as physical therapy and braces where they apply.
For people that have been injured there are also many different exercise regimens or routines that can be extremely helpful in making your very own come-back. It is critical for anyone who gets injured, no matter how severe or how minor, not to give up on themselves.
Recovering From Knee Injury
Knee injuries vary in severity and recovery time. Some injuries to the knees can be immensely painful and have long recovery times, while others may have very short recovery times. As with all injuries seek medical attention and advice first and foremost and be sure to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor or physical therapist.
The time it takes for a person to recover will differ from person to person because everyone’s body is different, and each body reacts differently to injury. Each person reacts differently to injury as well, physical injuries affect people psychologically so it is important to set attainable and realistic recovery goals for yourself. Anyone that sustains an injury will need to pay close attention to their body, the body will tell you what it needs so it is up to you to listen. It is very important for a person that has been injured to continue to exercise, if you have had a knee injury then you can still do exercises that focus on the arms, shoulders, chest, and upper back.
Once your knee has healed enough for you to begin to exercise it, there are some amazing sports braces for knees that you can use that will help prevent re-injury or further injury during the healing period. It is critical that you wear your knee brace or braces when you are supposed to and for as long as is recommended by your doctor or physical therapist. With knee injuries it is crucial that you always wear your knee brace, especially while exercising or doing physical therapy, at any time that you are going to be putting weight on the leg with the injured knee.
If you neglect to wear your knee brace you are far more likely to re injure your knee or make your injury worse. If any of you have ever suffered a knee injury then you likely know that not wearing a knee brace on the injured knee, even just to walk around, will at the very least increase your recovery time period from your injury, it will also increase the pain and the duration of pain.
When you are recovering from a knee injury there are a few things that will be very important and critical to your recovery.
- Make sure you set some attainable and realistic goals for yourself depending on your specific injury as well as the severity of your injury.
- No matter how difficult it may seem at first, be sure to find a way to keep yourself exercising and engaged in your recovery.
- Follow any and all instructions given to you by any medical professional that you see for your injury, this is very important.
- Do not allow yourself to get too discouraged and most importantly do not give up on yourself or your recovery from the injury. Psychological recovery from an injury is just as critical as physical recovery.
- Avoid going straight back into any athletic activity. Pace yourself, this will make your recovery easier and less painful physically and mentally.
- Always wear your knee brace.
- Trust your own body, it will tell you what it needs and when it needs it.
Preventing injuries is an immensely difficult task for a few reasons. One of them being that preventing an injury is primarily the individual’s responsibility. It is up to you to read and learn the proper form and methods for whatever activity you chose to engage in. Also, it is your responsibility to learn and follow the safety guidelines for whatever athletic or exercise activity or routine that your chose to do. It is also up to you to use any safety equipment such as pads and a helmet for football for example. Regardless of how many different safety tips and guidelines that there are for an activity it is always up to the individual to learn those guidelines and research those tips and to follow them.
Alternative Injury Prevention
Something that many people do not realize is that there are so many different ways to prevent injuring yourself. There are some work out regimens and routines that actually help to train your body and muscles to become less susceptible to injury overall. Fitness regimes like CrossFit, for example, actually help to train your muscle groups to learn how to react in different states of intensity and pressure that those muscle groups would not ordinarily go through. Recent studies have shown that by doing this and training your body and muscles in this manner may actually help make a person less likely to suffer common injury than someone that does regular exercises and athletic activities. At the end of the day it is, and always will be, up to you to use the correct form, safety guidelines and equipment to prevent injuring yourself.
This week we take a moment to review the self mobility product called the TimTam Power Massager.
Item: TimTam Power Massager V1.5
Price: $399 USD
I must admit, I was a bit skeptical when I first got my hands on the TimTam Power Massager to review.
During my time working in the fitness industry i’ve used and reviewed all kinds of massage tools from foam rollers to vibrating trigger point devices and many more in-between. However, I had never come across a ‘power tool’ massage device until I got my hands on the TimTam.
To put in blunt words, the TimTam is essentially a power tool that is designed to be used as a self-massage tool. It is loud and scary looking to some, but most importantly, it’s effective!
According to the TimTam website, the power massager V1.5 is:
“Our second generation powered handheld massager. It has the same amazing power as our first generation massager and now includes our patent pending threaded shaft that improves its durability and overall performance. The TimTam Power Massager massages muscles to help break down knots, increase blood flow, and release stored lactic acid.”
Included in each TimTam Power Massager are:
- A V1.5 TimTam Power Massager
- 1 Li-ion Battery
- 1 Batter Charger
- Round Therapy Head
- Premium Carrying Case
I’ve been using the TimTam on a regular basis since first getting my hands on it. Here is what I think about the massage tool. Read on to find out whether or not I feel it is a product worth spending money on:
Effectiveness: When buying or using a massage tool, the main priority is whether or not it is effective. There is no point using a device if it isn’t releasing knots and tension and improving your overall mobility. It’s fair to say the TimTam is effective at doing just that. Charged by a 12V battery, the power massager reaches up to 2,000 strokes per minute is very effective and releasing tension in tight muscle areas. If you have a tight or troublesome area in your body, I would say the TimTam is one of the best products on the market to help release the tension.
Easy to Use: The TimTam is a hand held massage device. Basically all you have to do is place it on a particular area, and pull the trigger. Unlike some other massage tools which require you (or someone else) to apply force, the TimTam’s power functionality does it all for you!
Precision: The TimTam Power Massager comes with several different massage heads to suit the exact type of massage you require. Some of the include a softer rubber tip, a flat tip, a metal tip, a ‘hot tip’ you can microwave to heat up and a ‘cold tip’ you can put in the freezer. Using this range of tips you will be able to target any major problematic area in your body.
Sturdy and Reliable: In my time using the TimTam, I haven’t had any problems with the battery cocking out, or the device overheating etc. Overall it has been quite a reliable and sturdy product.
Endorsed by Leading Trainers and Athletes: It is also good to know a produce you are using is backed by leading athletes and trainers. UFC star George St. Pierre (GSP), Dr. Kelly Starrett and Muay Thaiu champ Firas Zahabi are some of the many identities to endorse the Power Massager.
One Speed Only: One of the main criticisms of the TimTam is that there is only one speed on the device. Personally, there were a few times I was using the device and would have preferred to be able to slow the speed down a bit. I think it something the brand should look at implementing in their next upgraded model.
Loud: Like all power tools, the TimTam is loud. It will be hard to listen to the TV while using this device, and using it in crowded areas will sure get a few people looking over. By no means will you need ear plugs to use it, but the noise level is something to keep in mind.
Industrial Looking: I’ve said it before, I often judge products by how they look. On first glance, the TimTam comes across as a bit of an intimidating product you wouldn’t usually see in the ‘massage‘ section of a store. It looks more like something you’d see on a construction work site. That being said, while it may look a little ‘industrial’, it makes up for it with its effectiveness.
Price: While it might not be as expensive as some other self massage devices like the Compex, the TimTam isn’t exactly cheap. Selling for $399 USD, the power massager is one of the more expensive products on the market.
Overall I had a positive experience using the TimTam Power Massager V1.5.
While I was a bit skeptical when I first cast my eyes over it, my doubts were quickly gone once I started using it. The power massager is effective, reliable, precise and easy to use. During my time using the TimTam I certainly noticed an improvement in my mobility, and found it to be a lot easier to use then some other self-massage tools I own.
That being said, I still feel there is room for some improvements. Things like a speed control, reduction in noise, and a more appealing design may be things for TimTam to consider moving forward.
But all in all, I would have no hesitation in recommended the device to any athlete or trainer looking for an effective self massage tool.