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5 myths that do NOT prevent running injury

The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in running enthusiast. Coupled with this there has been a substantial increase in running injuries. Running injury prevention is therefore a very hot topic at the moment and of course everyone has an opinion. While its important to know what really can help prevent injury, its…

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Yes it hurts but can I still run?

If you are a serious runner then 2 things are certain. At some point you have experienced pain associated with running Nothing is more painful then being told you aren’t allowed to run As someone who treats a lot of runners I know, it hurts. Not just the injury, but the thought of having to…

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Postpartum wrist pain- what can be done?

As moms we all know how demanding caring for a baby can be. What can often complicate the situation is the development of various aches and pains that can arise postpartum as a result of caring for your baby. One of these problems is the development of wrist and/or thumb pain which is medically termed:…

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Muscle tears: classification and treatment

Muscle tears come in all shapes and sizes! They can present like a minor nagging ache that just won’t go away or as a sharp shooting snap that occurs suddenly during interval training. Despite their frequency in sport, little information is available in the international literature about muscle injury definitions and classification systems. So how…

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Runners knee- what is it and how to treat it

Runners knee, also known as Patellofemoral Joint Syndromme (PFJS) is a problem that is common in both runners and cyclists. According to an article by Fredrickson et al, 2006, PFJS accounts for 25% of all knee problems treated in sports clinics. What is PFJS: PFJS is a condition which results in pain around or behind…

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Runners: 10 top tips for injury prevention

1)      Pace yourself: Experts agree that ‘training errors’ are the number one cause of training injuries- doing too much too fast too soon. Our bodies are excellent at adapting to change, however adaptation takes time and is best done slowly. Training errors can result is repetitive strain injuries, including ITB, Achilles tendinopathy and planter fasciitis…

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Achilles Tendinopathy- what is it and how to treat it

One of the most common injuries in runners is that of the Achilles Tendon. In fact, according to an article by Maffulli et al, 2004, the rate of Achilles Tendon injuries in runners is 10 times that in age matched controls. Achilles problems in cyclists also exist, and although less researched, can often be brought on…

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ITB syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome  According to a study published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, one of the five most frequent running related injuries among long distance runners is Iliotibial Band Syndrome commonly known as ITBS. In fact ITBS accounts for 12% of all running injuries. What is the ITB and what is…

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Overtraining- are you training too hard?

Overtraining Syndromme (OTS): Ironman, a long distance triathlon is the mother of all endurances races. Training for such an event involves a huge amount of time, preparation and commitment. Athletes need to push themselves, sometimes to the limit of their capabilities. Most athletes are familiar with the ‘overload principle’ when it comes to training. This…

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