Cadence (step rate) and why it is important in runners

03/05/2017 | Comments Off on Cadence (step rate) and why it is important in runners

  Cadence (otherwise known as step rate) is a topic which is relatively well known in the running community. Majority of this knowledge centers around the notion that 180 steps per minute is what a runner should be aiming for. Why this particular number? The 180 myth was perpetrated by a famous running coach Jack Daniels who observed many Elite…

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Why having an MRI for back pain can be a BAD idea (and what to do instead)

26/04/2017 | Comments Off on Why having an MRI for back pain can be a BAD idea (and what to do instead)

Having pain can be frightening, but there is something specifically about having BACK pain which really makes people anxious. This is probably due to the fact that people with back pain are often told that ” their spine is crumbling” or their disc has “slipped out of place” or their spine is ” out of alignment” (none of which can…

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5 myths that do NOT prevent running injury

08/02/2017 | Comments Off on 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 equally important to recognize what…

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Understanding tendon problems

28/12/2016 | Comments Off on Understanding tendon problems

  Tendon problems (also known as tendinopathies) are extremely common in Athletes. Whether it be the Patella, Achilles or Hamstring tendon at fault, it is important to know what is happening within the tendon itself and what you can do to aid recovery.  The most surprising and relatively recent discovery in tendinopathies is that there is no actual inflammation involved…

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The foam roller and the ITB: to roll or not to roll

03/08/2016 | Comments Off on The foam roller and the ITB: to roll or not to roll

Since my previous ITBS article was written a few years ago, there have been some updates to the latest evidence surrounding ITB syndrome and its treatment. One very popular treatment given by practitioners to patients suffering from ITBS is the foam roller. Patients are instructed to use their body weight to ‘massage’ the ITB whilst rolling up and down on…

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The most important muscle in runners and how to strengthen it- Part 2

15/06/2016 | 0 Comments

It is no longer a secret which is the most important muscle when it comes to running (unless you still haven’t read part 1 of this article!) Part 2 as promised is going to focus on the Gluteus Medius muscle- a muscle which seems to be connected to the many running injuries ( ITB syndrome, and runners knee to mention a few) The…

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