Powerlifting champ Stephanie Ensol Joins Team Re-Claim

Powerlifting champ Stephanie Ensol Joins Team Re-Claim

We are proud to announce the latest addition to Team Re-Claim, Malaysia’s female powerlifting and strongman champion Stephanie Ensol.

In less than two years, Stephanie, 28, has soared to the top of her sport smashing records and winning numerous titles along the way.

She trains up to 10 times a week, doing what she calls the “big three” … squats, bench presses and deadlifts.

And she loves it, pushing herself relentlessly to attain results.

Stephanie Ensol Powerlifting Champion

Stephanie winning in Singapore

Stephanie Ensol Career Summary

— 1st Women Under 52kg and 1st Women Overall 2016 Malaysian Powerlifting Alliance Championships

— 1st Women Under 52kg and 1st Women Overall 2016 Singapore Powerlifting Invitational

— 1st Women Under 52kg and 1st Women Overall 2016 Malaysian Powerlifting Invitational

— 1st Women 2016 Kuching Strongman Competition

— National Record Holder Women Under 52kg Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift

— World Record Holder Women Under 52kg Bench Press

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Stephanie’s career medal haul

Although Stephanie has been lucky with injuries, she knows that just one accident can ruin her season.

That’s why she is with Re-Claim.

“Re-Claim offers sport specific insurance without all the add-on at a very good price,” Stephanie says.

“I’m sure many people in the fitness and sports world would love Re-Claim as injuries and accidents certainly do happen.”

We welcome Stephanie Ensol to Team Re-Claim and we look forward to a fantastic 2017.

Follow Stephanie on Instagram @pocket_rocketgirl

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Angeline Ong joins Team Re-Claim

Angeline Ong joins Team Re-Claim

Pushing our bodies and testing the limits is just one part of sport and fitness. Understanding the human body so we know how it reacts when we push it too far is just as important.

That’s why we’re excited to welcome professional Yoga teacher and fitness professional Angeline Ong onto Team Re-Claim.

Angeline’s long relationship with fitness and her deep knowledge in Yoga and the human body has had a great impact on her teaching and status within the industry in Malaysia.

After falling in love with yoga and spending years mastering her trade across the world, she is now certified in Vinyasa Yoga from Dristhi Yoga Teacher Training and a registered teacher at Yoga Alliance.

On top of that she runs private Yoga classes all across Kuala Lumpur.

She says, “Whether your goal is to release stress, lose weight or to increase your energy, yoga is the answer for you.”

Angeline’s 5 benefits of Yoga

  1. It’s fun and helps you relax and relieve stress
  2. Helps you lose weight and maintain weight permanently
  3. Helps you focus, boost your energy levels and balance your lifestyle
  4. Improves your flexibility and helps tone your body
  5. Relieves back pain and helps cure diseases

Naturally, Angeline is also very aware of injuries.

To satisfy her curiosity in human anatomy and physiology, she became a trained therapeutic massage therapist for sport injuries.

She’s even suffered her own share of injuries, one of the reasons she has joined Team Re-Claim.

“Three years back I had quite a serious injury around my cervical vertebrae. It affected my ability to move my left arm for half year and the treatments and rehab were expensive.

“With Re-Claim I now get the coverage I need for personal damages and most importantly for follow up treatments when I have an accident or injury.”

Much of what Angeline does is about educating other people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This includes informing people of the benefits of sports insurance.

Angeline Ong Joins Team Re-Claim“I want to create more awareness for people who are active in sports on the importance of accident and injury cover as you never know when it will come in handy,” she says.


We’re excited to welcome Angeline to
Team Re-Claim.

Stay tuned to hear more from Angeline via Facebook & Instagram over the next few weeks.

Make sure you head to www.bestsportsdoctors.com to receive more information on our 24/7, worldwide sports accident cover.

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Most Common Rock Climbing Injuries

Rock climbing is a fun, exciting sport and great way to keep fit and active. But you need to know the risks involved so you can prepare correctly and avoid injury. Team Re-Claim’s rock climbing expert Siti Nursara outlines the most common rock climbing injuries and tips on how to prevent them.

 

Finger Injuries

There are three major types of finger injuries:

  • An A2 pulley injury can happen when sudden pressure is placed on the hand. This can cause an alarming popping sound. About 90 per cent of all rock climbing injuries come from this.
  • Collateral ligament strains when a climber places too much pressure on the side-pulling hand while stretching with the other to grab a hold.
  • “Climber’s finger” or injury to the flexor tendon sheath can happen when a climber uses their finger to support their entire body weight. This strain can cause a loud pop followed by intense paid that may require surgery.

Tips with Sara: The small finger joints handle a lot of different stresses and strains while climbing. They are exposed to compressions, shearing, twisting and traction. Using finger tape is one way to reduce finger injuries getting worse. The basic idea is to create a layer of protection to prevent your skin from ripping. Research shows that taping for finger tendons or pulley injuries is sometimes ineffective. Rest is the best remedy.

 

Common Rock Climbing injuries Fingers

Recovery from finger injuries during training with KT tape.

 

Knuckle Stress Fractures

Knuckle stress fractures are caused by too much stress on the knuckles. Inflammation and pain can become excruciating especially when grabbing holds that are too small for the fingertips.

Tips with Sara: Knuckle stress fractures mainly happen during crack climbing. There are two main reasons for using tape for crack climbing; skin protection and structural support.

Uses of tape:

  • Protection of dressings
  •  Holding padding in place
  • Compression of an injury, blood and/or swelling
  • Support of recent joint or muscle injuries and protection from further injury
  • Limitation of range of motion at a joint
  • Support of an area to aid early return to sport

 

common rock climbing injuries knuckles

Correct finger and knuckle taping is important

 

Tendonitis

As rock climbing is more punishing on the pulling muscles such as the biceps, forearms and trapezius muscles, the tendons tend to get strained and cause elbow and shoulder aches which can be attributed to tendonitis.

Tips with Sara: Shoulder tendinitis is a common overuse injury in sports climbing where the arm is used in an overhead motion. Shoulder tendonitis can be prevented by focusing on exercising the pushing muscles such as the pectorals, triceps and anterior deltoids to balance the strain on the tendons. The best treatment if injured is Rest, Ice, Medication.

Rest — Avoid things that hurt or make the pain worse the next day. Avoid the activity that started the problem. Your doctor may recommend a sling to immobilise the shoulder.

Ice — Apply an ice bag (over a towel) to your shoulder at least twice a day for 20 minutes. Also apply ice after any activity that aggravates your shoulder pain.

Medication — Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory or analgesic medication to relieve pain and inflammation while your body’s natural healing process begins. An injection of cortisone with novocaine into the shoulder may be recommended. After receiving an injection, do not attempt any vigorous activities with your arm for at least two weeks.

 

Common Rock Climbing Injuries Siti nursara

Rest is the best treatment for tendon injuries

 

Rock Climbing Falls

Rock climbing falls can be nasty and potentially fatal. Accidents are sometimes unavoidable but you can mitigate the severity by using helmets and making sure you are physically and psychologically prepared.

Tips with Sara:

a) Make sure you have proper equipment for climbing and the most important thing is the equipment is in good condition.

b) You must always warm up correctly before climbing. Skip this step at your own peril.

c) It’s equally important to know your own strengths and weaknesses. You may be excited to start climbing but you don’t want to overdo it.

d) It’s necessary to rest in between climbing attempts. This is particularly vital for those who are new to bouldering. Your body won’t be familiar with the various types of movements, so don’t be afraid to take breaks.

 

common rock climbing injuries siti nursara mid climb

Know your capabilities and have fun.

 

Re-Claim offers 24/7, worldwide sports accident cover including protection for sports such as rock climbing and sports climbing.

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What Is The World’s Toughest Sport?

It comes as no surprise that different sports require unique skill sets. Yet, determining the world’s toughest sport can be difficult. What exactly does tough mean?

We’ve gone through what we think are 8 of the most gruelling and physically taxing sports and ranked them out of 10 based endurance, speed, strength, agility, skill and physicality.

Here’s our list. Do you agree?

Pure maths will tell you Ironman Triathlon has to rank up there as one of the toughest sports in the world. It combines swimming, cycling and running and if you consider Ironman as an example, it consists of an open water swim, a stage of the Tour de France and a marathon. Pure steel.

Endurance 10

Speed 3

Strength 4

Agility 3

Skill 3

Physicality 3

Total = 26 tough points

 

Worlds Toughest Sport Cycling

 

As Malaysia’s most popular sport, we all know how gruelling Football is. Athletes are required to have blistering speed, sublime skill and the agility to dribble, evade and hold possession. Not to mention the sheer number of matches the pro’s play. It gets 32 on the Tough-O-Metre

Endurance 6

Speed 7

Strength 4

Agility 5

Skill 5

Physicality 5

Total = 32 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Football

 

Gymnastics also gets on our list. Given each athlete needs to be versatile enough to excel on each apparatus — floor, rings, beam, bar, vault — the stamina and toughness required to succeed is high.

Endurance 2

Speed 3

Strength 9

Agility 10

Skill 9

Physicality 0

Total = 33 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Gymnastics

 

You may think Basketball is perhaps not that hardcore, but considering the dexterity and strength needed to constantly jump, slam dunk and shoot three-pointers under pressure, it’s no wonder basketball ranks near the top.

Endurance 6

Speed 7

Strength 6

Agility 6

Skill 7

Physicality 3

Total = 35 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Basketball

 

Ice Hockey perhaps isn’t the most common sport in Malaysia, but watch a game or two and you’ll be wondering how the players aren’t a gooey mess by the end. It tests all aspects of a player’s repertoire.

Endurance 5

Speed 7

Strength 6

Agility 6

Skill 8

Physicality 8

Total = 39 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Ice Hockey

 

Rugby (Union and League) is immediately recognised as a brutal sport and not just because of the immense levels of physicality involved, but also the deft skills, pace and strategies required to defeat the opposition.

Endurance 7

Speed 6

Strength 8

Agility 4

Skill 5

Physicality 10

Total = 40 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Rugby

 

It takes a lot of courage to step inside the Boxing ring or MMA cage. Punching, grappling, wrestling, defending, footwork — you need it all. Thus, core skills such as power and flexibility combined with speed and agility is essential. Serious injuries and sometimes death can occur, so naturally you need to be pretty tough.

Endurance 6

Speed 7

Strength 8

Agility 5

Skill 4

Physicality 10

Total = 40 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Boxing

 

And finally Water Polo. Water Polo has been officially declared the most difficult sport as the players have to be at peak physical capacity just to survive a game. Treading water, evading vicious blows, wrestling, grappling, swimming up to 2km and powering the ball in the back of the net with a rocket arm. It’s no wonder it ranks on top on our tough list.

Endurance 9

Speed 7

Strength 7

Agility 7

Skill 6

Physicality 8

Total = 44 tough points

 

World's Toughest Sport Water Polo

 

Other sports considered “Tough” include American Football, Australian Rules Football, Rowing, Tennis and in more modern times CrossFit.

If you compete in a sport you think is tougher, let us know on Facebook

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*List compiled based on similar reports from ESPN and Bleacher Report

Siti Nursara Joins Team Re-Claim

We’re proud to announce the latest addition to Team Re-Claim, a pocket-rocket who dominates by both land and sea, Penang’s Siti Nursara.

Siti Nursara Joins team re-claim

If it’s extreme, she loves it. When she’s not beneath the surface teaching hundreds of people how to scuba dive as a professional dive instructor, she’s up the wall at her local rock climbing centre taking on the boys, pushing, reaching and climbing higher.

And with Re-Claim providing cover for extreme sports and activities — 24/7, worldwide — we’re glad Sara is on board to share her scuba diving and rock climbing experience.

Sara has been a diving instructor with Scuba Diving International since 2012. In that time, she has seen many accidents and is passionate about teaching diving safety.

“Scuba diving safety is very important as you are underwater and the risks are higher. The first rule is you have to keep breathing, never hold your breath. Also make sure you follow your dive leader, check your equipment and your buddy’s equipment and do not ascend too fast.”

Unfortunately, Sara has seen many mistakes in her career and says that is when accidents happen.

“People need to be careful and very aware while they are underwater. Accidents can happen quite easily. It’s good though there is a product like Re-Claim that can support scuba divers should something go wrong.”

Far away from the depths of the ocean, Sara spends most of her time rock climbing. She trains to improve her skills and to stay fit at the same time.

Siti Nursara Joins team re-claimBut it’s the competition that she really loves.

“I love rock climbing for the competition. When you ascend or the reach top without rope tied by belayer, that feeling that you’ve won, that feeling of success, it’s amazing. I also like to compete with the guys. It’s great motivation. I look how hard they train and I want to be at their level and beat them.”

 

Wow, what an attitude! We’re so excited to partner with Sara for the next year.

Stay tuned for more cool rock climbing and scuba diving tips with Siti Nursara via Facebook & Instagram over the next few weeks.

 

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